Computer remote using Xbox receiver

xbox remote

[Odin84gk] always wanted a remote control for his PC. He didn’t want to spend a lot of money to get a good one or waste money on a cheapy. He decided to go with something he already had: an Xbox DVD kit. He built an adapter cable for the Xbox receiver using instructions on redcl0ud’s site. Using the standard setup the remote driver just spits out key combos, but to make the remote truly flexible he combined it with AutoHotKey. AutoHotKey catches the key sequences and can execute complex scripts based on them.

31 thoughts on “Computer remote using Xbox receiver

  1. I think this would be perfect for people who own PowerPC Macs without the IR sensor but who want Frontrow. If someone could make a software hack to make this work with an Apple remote and then you could just use of the Frontrow hacks.

  2. I use my laptop as a DivX player connected to my TV all the time. It’s always bugged me that there is no remote. I can’t believe I never thought to do this. Thanks.

  3. for those who don’t want to use autohotkey, the software on redcl0ud’s site works wonders as well. It also has customizable key functions, and is designed to work with the XB remote.

  4. >>Using a good learning remote you should be able search and find the xboxs remote code, thats what I did

    The xbox’s remote uses RCA5 protocol – any universal remote will have instructions that tell you how to set it to RCA5.

    >>I use my laptop as a DivX player connected to my TV all the time. It’s always bugged me that there is no remote. I can’t believe I never thought to do this. Thanks.

    Have you checked out x-box media centre?

  5. >>Using a good learning remote you should be able search and find the xboxs remote code, thats what I did

    The xbox’s remote uses RCA5 protocol – any universal remote will have instructions that tell you how to set it to RCA5.

    >>I use my laptop as a DivX player connected to my TV all the time. It’s always bugged me that there is no remote. I can’t believe I never thought to do this. Thanks.

    Have you checked out x-box media centre?

  6. heh funny that that was modified for the computer, i just stole the plug off it and made a usb hub odd of it for xbox media center, ill have to add the usb port back on to it, even though i dont have the remote atm :)

  7. I got this connected to my linux box but I have no idea how to get it to do anything useful. Anyone point me in the right direction

  8. anybody know of any good drivers to get this to work with linux and lirc? i am building a mythtv box and this is the last part i need

  9. how are you people getting the reciever apart? I’m trying about as hard as i think i can without breaking it, but its just not budging.

    1. It wasn’t easy I ended up cutting a hole in the plastic, to get the right leverage, with an exacto knife where I thought the USB cable would go. Ended up being upside down, but I did get it open! it’s held together by a sets of plastic pins and glue. I imagine you got it open but hope this helps somebody else

  10. I have not tried this, since I was wondering about Linux support as well, but it seems like the XBox controller drivers in the kernel should work, no? Or at least, they certainly could be modified to, if they don’t already.

  11. just to clarify, the super joybox xbox to usb adapters will recognize the device natively without opening the ir receiver and the drivers will work through the adapter. gives you a cool little box to mount too.

  12. Yeah you can use any univsal remote. Just program it to a device that runs the RCA5 protocol. Problem is that the XBCDrc driver only suports the EFCs that the origional Xbox remote has.

  13. Great hack Just if you could make a little app or something that could make it so we could chose what the buttons did

  14. Great hack Just if you could make a little app or something that could make it so we could chose what the buttons did

  15. Has anyone got this to work on linux with lirc. When i plug mine in it recognises it as an xpad. Can’t find the right driver to load in place. Any help?? Cheers.

  16. where is the app. at in red clouds website? can someone provide a link and an explanation as to how to get this hack started (software part)

  17. just felt the need to say you dont even have to crack open the resiver! i have an xbox to USB converter wire which just plugs each together, then i got the idea to try it with the pad and found the driver here, and it worked! the wire cost me

  18. didn’t see any responce to the linux questions. anybody get this working with lirc or a different work around? drivers? scripting? xmms? Amarok? Totem? VLC? Anything?

  19. redcl0ud provides the source code, so it probably wouldn’t be too hard to code it so that you could use any remote at all.

  20. 0522 is the code i used to program my universal remote from Cox, which is my cable company it worked like a charm

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