audigy 2 + RM-1000W + kmix vol OSD

Not really a problem, just trying to save time for others. I lost few
days searching the Internet and then some more time testing.

I’m running KDE 3.5.10 on openSUSE 11.1 x64 and I wanted to use the
remote that came with my Audigy 2 Platinum. I also wanted the OSD when
the volume changes.

LIRC comes with openSUSE 11.1, it installs but is not configured by
default. I found many documents and references on installing LIRC but
none clear enough on the configuration.
I found useful information for my case at:
‘LIRC - Linux Infrared Remote Control’
‘Index of /remotes’ (

Here are the steps needed to make the remote work on my system:

  1. Enable the remote in YaST-Hardware-Sound. Edit the card and enter 1
    for enable_ir.
  2. Get the remote configuration file from LIRC. I used
  3. Rename the file to lircd.conf and copy to /etc (overwrite).
  4. Edit these lines in /etc/sysconfig/lirc >
    LIRCD_DRIVER="livedrive_midi" and LIRCD_DEVICE="/dev/snd/midiC0D1"
  5. Enable lircd in YaST-System-System Services. Save and reboot.
  6. Could test with irw the remote is working (sends codes). mode2 does
    not work with this remote.
  7. Start IRKick from KDE Control Center-Hardware-Remote Controls -
    you can now configure the actions for the remote.
    To make IRKick start automatically, start it and then close - it will
    ask to start automatically next time.

I also wanted to have some sort of OSD indication of the volume level.
In previous versions I was using linEAK but is was dropped from 11.1. I
was able to compile ok but it scrolls errors when trying to run.
I looked for several options for OSD and I decided to go for xosd
(comes with openSUSE 11.1).
Basically I just had to add another action for remote vol- and vol+
buttons. Beside adjusting kmix volume they also run the following

VOL=dcop kmix Mixer0 masterVolume
osd_cat -c green -b percentage -T “VOLUME” -P “$VOL” -s 2 -p bottom -o
60 -A center -d 1 -f lucidasanstypewriter-bold-24

The font may not be available on all systems - run xlsfonts and select
another one.



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