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boybees
2006-11-27, 13:09
Is there a button on the remote that when pressed does NOTHING except light up the backlight?

I ask this because all the buttons seem to do SOMETHING so when a I press one to light up the remote, SOMETHING happens that I don't necessarily want to happen.

Thanks!

Kahuna
2006-11-27, 16:03
ALL of the buttons do nothing if you hold your other hand in front of the emitter! ;-)

boybees
2006-11-27, 16:10
ALL of the buttons do nothing if you hold your other hand in front of the emitter! ;-)

Nice solution - way to think outside of the box! Not perfectly elegant as it requires involvement of the other hand, but certainly "good enough".

ceejay
2006-11-27, 16:11
If there's a button you don't want its easy enough to map it to do nothing - you need to create a custom.map file (search the forum if you need more hints)

Ceejay

boybees
2006-11-27, 21:49
On the default.map file, brightness hold = dead. So just press the brightness button and hold it, and you light up the remote without doing anything else (and without changing the brightness).

azinck3
2006-11-27, 22:04
On the default.map file, brightness hold = dead. So just press the brightness button and hold it, and you light up the remote without doing anything else (and without changing the brightness).

Actually, not such a good idea...brightness.hold updates the firmware! You don't see it in the default.map file because that's the one button with functionality that's hard-coded into the device.

kdf
2006-11-27, 22:39
azinck3 wrote:
>
> Actually, not such a good idea...brightness.hold updates the firmware!
> You don't see it in the default.map file because that's the one button
> with functionality that's hard-coded into the device.
>

It is something to be cautious of, but the hold time to activate
firmware is much longer than that needed to activate the .hold modifier.

-kdf

ceejay
2006-11-28, 00:49
On the default.map file, brightness hold = dead. So just press the brightness button and hold it, and you light up the remote without doing anything else (and without changing the brightness).

The other thing to watch out for (and the reason I suggested creating a custom.map file) is that you will need to repeat the edit of default.map every time you upgrade or reinstall slimserver, whereas a custom.map won't be overwritten.

Ceejay

peter
2006-11-28, 01:54
boybees wrote:
> Kahuna;157908 Wrote:
>
>> ALL of the buttons do nothing if you hold your other hand in front of
>> the emitter! ;-)
>>
>
> Nice solution - way to think outside of the box! Not perfectly elegant
> as it requires involvement of the other hand, but certainly "good
> enough"

Still, it's bad design if you need to figure out tricks like that. SD
should take a leaf out of Logitech's book, my Harmony remote has a
special 'glow' button for this purpose.

Regards,
Peter

boybees
2006-11-28, 03:33
The other thing to watch out for (and the reason I suggested creating a custom.map file) is that you will need to repeat the edit of default.map every time you upgrade or reinstall slimserver, whereas a custom.map won't be overwritten.

Ceejay

There are other good reasons to create a custom map too. Eventually I will do this.

rick's cafe
2006-11-28, 07:54
why not just press the now playing button?

boybees
2006-11-28, 09:06
why not just press the now playing button?

Because when that button is pressed, it switches to a different now playing display. That is one of the things I can change when I do a custom.map, and I will.

JJZolx
2006-11-28, 14:06
Imagine, SD went to the trouble of creating that cool new remote and didn't think to add a button that does NOTHING. What were they thinking?

Kyle
2006-11-28, 14:24
Imagine, SD went to the trouble of creating that cool new remote and didn't think to add a button that does NOTHING. What were they thinking?

It's not about a button that does NOTHING. It's about a button that lights up the keys and NOTHING ELSE.

boybees
2006-11-28, 15:01
It's not about a button that does NOTHING. It's about a button that lights up the keys and NOTHING ELSE.

Another oversight on the Transporter remote is not having the letters associated with each keypad number (1-9) light up when the number lights up. Would've helped greatly for text entry.

JJZolx
2006-11-28, 15:07
My point is simply that with a limited number of buttons, it would not have occurred to a designer to devote one to doing nothing but turn on the backlight. And I think most people are fine with that.

oreillymj
2006-11-28, 15:18
How do you find the "Glow" button in the dark?

Mark Lanctot
2006-11-28, 16:04
How do you find the "Glow" button in the dark?

On my universal remote, it's a glow-in-the-dark button.

Also it's in a very prominent location, there are two of them on the bottom.

radish
2006-11-28, 16:33
I like the solution on the Harmony 880 - a motion sensor. I don't like the solution on the One-4-All Kameleon - a motion sensor.

Hint: One is far too sensitive and causes the battery to go flat very fast.