Help with LIRC

Ok, I’m fairly new to Linux, but have been somewhat successful at setting up OpenSuse and hometheater type applications. I’m running XBMC which is working well. But something I had on Vista was the ability to use a remote with Media Center. What I have is a Pinnacle IR Blaster that came with an MCE remote. Now, I have read a lot of help threads concerning this, but can’t seem to put all the peices of the puzzle together. I have found that the latest lirc package contains support for this Media Kit (as they call it). Is there a step by step guide to setting this up? Or is someone willing to work with me back and forth on here to get this going. It would really be appreciated.


By the way, the IR Blaster is a USB Device.

Here is what lsusb shows:
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 03f0:1807 Hewlett-Packard
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 2304:0225 Pinnacle Systems, Inc. [hex]
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

Based on other Help threads I have read: I have ran irrecord as follows:

irrecord -H default -d /dev/lirc0 /tmp/remote3.txt

I get the following output

irrecord - application for recording IR-codes for usage with lirc

Copyright (C) 1998,1999 Christoph Bartelmus(

This program will record the signals from your remote control
and create a config file for lircd.

A proper config file for lircd is maybe the most vital part of this
package, so you should invest some time to create a working config
file. Although I put a good deal of effort in this program it is often
not possible to automatically recognize all features of a remote
control. Often short-comings of the receiver hardware make it nearly
impossible. If you have problems to create a config file READ THE
DOCUMENTATION of this package, especially section “Adding new remote
controls” for how to get help.

If there already is a remote control of the same brand available at
Index of /remotes you might also want to try using such a
remote as a template. The config files already contain all
parameters of the protocol used by remotes of a certain brand and
knowing these parameters makes the job of this program much
easier. There are also template files for the most common protocols
available in the remotes/generic/ directory of the source
distribution of this package. You can use a template files by
providing the path of the file as command line parameter.

Please send the finished config files to <> so that I
can make them available to others. Don’t forget to put all information
that you can get about the remote control in the header of the file.

Press RETURN to continue.

irrecord: no data for 10 secs, aborting
irrecord: gap not found, can’t continue

What I did notice was that it only gave me the response of no data for 10 secs, after I stopped pressing buttons on the remote for 10 seconds, so it is as if it is receiving something…

Hi cleardata,

I’ve got xbmc working on 11.1 on my Toshiba Laptop and would like to use my Toshiba IR remote. Have you had any further luck with your issue? If so, any tips you can pass along?