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[Lcdproc] Lcdproc able to initialise the combined VFD/IR Mplay Blast unit so the IR portion is functional?


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  • From: speedsix.lists at googlemail.com (Dom H)
  • Subject: [Lcdproc] Lcdproc able to initialise the combined VFD/IR Mplay Blast unit so the IR portion is functional?
  • Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 12:31:49 +0100

Hi all this is a copy of a bug I've raised with Ubuntu, it's more lirc
related but lcdproc may offer a solution, if anyone can shed some
light on this I'd be very grateful.


https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/lirc/+bug/574432

The 'VL-System Mplay Blast' combined VFD/IR unit in the Zalman HD-135
case is functional with Lirc using the HD44780 driver with seemingly
one caveat. Lirc seems to be unable to physically initialise the IR
portion of the unit after it is powered up before it can be used.

The only way to do this is to boot into a Windows VM (with the
display's usb device attached), run the Windows Mplay Home-Centre
software supplied with the case which initialises the IR portion of
the display (the red led on the display goes unlit) and then closing
the VM (not shutting it down as this un-initialises it again) Lirc is
then able to use the IR device as intended. If power is removed from
the display (i.e physically unplugging the machine) then this process
will need to be performed again, the display starts with the IR led
lit (uninitialised) and doesn't go out on boot until the Windows
software is run.

Running Lcdproc (possibly with certain options, I've read maybe
relating to enabling the keypad) seemingly used to be able to send the
right initialisation commands to the unit when it initialised the lcd
portion of the unit so Lirc would function without having to go
through the Windows software step above. Unfortunately now for one
reason or another this doesn't seem to work any more (lcdproc 0.5.3)


Many thanks




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