11-19-2008 12:52 PM
Has anyone successfully used the IR remote sensor cable on an HP Pavilion Elite 9000 series to change channels on a TV settop box?
I just changed cable providers and it appears the cable box with this system is mandatory; plugging the cable into either coax inputs on the built in TV tuner results in no signal or channels.
11-19-2008 04:02 PM
I haven't set one up on a 9000, but I have set a few up on other systems. You just need to plug the IR receiver into the PC and then attach the sensor end to the front of the IR sensor on the cable box. Then when you set up Media Center, just follow the onscreen instructions for configuring the remote to work with the sensor and cable box.
Here is a link to your manuals page (the IR instructions are on Setup poster page 2):
11-19-2008 07:24 PM
I have a 9400t. If you have the same TV tuner installed you should have an ATSC coax in and an QAM coax-in. Connect the coax from the TV out on the set top box to the TV-in on the Tuner (not ANT-in).
Connect the little IR blaster cable into one of the two black IR Out ports and stick the little red glass bubble end somewhere near the front of the cable set-top box
Hicks is right, once you do that and you know your set-top is on and putting out a signal you should go through Media Center TV setup again.
Please post rather than send me a message. It's good for the community and I might not be able to get back quickly. - Thank you.
11-19-2008 07:45 PM
11-20-2008 10:18 AM
Try going into Device Manager and looking under USB to see if the IR reciever is being recognized by the PC.
11-21-2008 08:06 PM
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12-10-2008 08:27 AM
Hi, Iswinford: I had not wanted to go into a lot of detail about my remote sensor and ir blaster cable problems because it would have taken several pages.
(1) The internal card I refer to is located on the back of the CPU toward the bottom and has actually 3 small connections--2 black and 1 red. Yes, they are like the mini-plugs you describe. The ir blaster cable plugs into one of the black connections and the ir blaster bug on the cable is stuck to the set top box window. The Media Center remote came with the computer, communicates perfectly and handles anything I need it to--it turns on Media Center and it changes all options within Media Center--except it will not change channels. The sensor device (little red light that blinks when you use the Media Center remote) is on the front of the case toward the top and, of course, is internal.
(2) When you say remote sensor in your reply--do you mean the remote itself? When you got your computer, did it come with a long, very fragile looking cable with it? It has a male plug on one end and a plastic bug-like device on the other--if so, this is the cable that must be used with the set top box as I said in (1).
(3) Are you able to get tv video and audio through Media Center on your computer?
I am asking all these questions because the answers will determine whether you would want to buy an external USB remote sensor. I found it through Amazon.com. (Description: 1 of HP Infrared Receiver for HP Media Center 5188-1667.) It was advertised as new, but it did not come with a ir blaster cable. I paid $25.00 plus shipping. It works for me. Sorry this is such a long reply, but the Media Center tv set up can be very complex.
12-10-2008 01:45 PM
When you are setting up Media Center. Are you able to get to where it asks you to sync your remote?
When setting up the IR receiver always put the remote directly in front of the IR receiver (about an inch away from it). After the remote and IR "see" each other you can move on in the MC setup. I ran into this problem when setting up the IR too. I was sitting several feet away to do the setup, and it wouldn't get past the IR message until I put the remote right in front of it.