November 15, 2014 Leave a comment
[UPDATE] I’ve aborted this effort after a rework on the home network. I’ve ultimately opted for a Raspberry Pi Complete Starter Kit, with Noobs and Raspbmc. It worked with the remote out of the box and now I’m up and running.
I use kodi (formerly xbmc) as a home media system. It was setup working nicely with a Harmony One remote control. For a few reasons, I updated some packages on the Ubuntu 12.04 system and ended up on Ubuntu 14.10. As part of this upgrade xbmc became kodi.
Unfortunately now, kodi recognizes only some of the remote commands. Left, right, up and down and play work well. Others (OK, Back, etc) don’t. Debugging and resolving this has proven to be a much bigger challenge than it has been in the past, where i have worked things out without too many hoops. Unfortunately both Linux and kodi have changed quite a bit over the years and a lot of the online documentation, blog posts and so on are out of date.
My modus operandi is less about hacking things heavily and more about the simplest path to get things working. I’d rather remove a package than heavily configure and customize a set of files. This is my way of looking at if I can get things to “Just Work”.
This blog post is intended to be both a narrative on how to get things going, but also serve as a current reference for people out there who run into this sort of problem. Read on for more details on what I have done. This post will carry a lot of questions as I resolve issues, and will be updated over time.
Out of the box, we have a remote that does up/down/left/right/pause work. However the OK, back and other buttons don’t work.