What do I need to use my PC via a remote control?

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What do I need to use my PC via a remote control?

Good evening.

Let's say that I want to perform basic Windows operations  such as maximize/minimize/restore/open program/etc. via a remote control? What do I need for this? Does it depend on the HTPC case, such as the VFD of the Zalman HD-160 or OrigenAE X11?

To give more details, I'll probably purchase the Zalman HD-160 case for my future HTPC but I see that the case has no drive bay to install something like the I-Mon, so I believe the only way to use a remote to drive my PC is via the case's VFD. Am I right?

This is mighty important for me, so any answers would be greatly appreciated!

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you're about as wrong as can be Smile so good thing you asked!! Smile

ok, so the IMon you're referring to is a VFD display, and yes, can also control A remote.

that being said, there are PLENTY of other remotes available. If you want to still have mouse button/movement control, then the Gyration Media Center Remote is a great choice. If you want some customizability but want to be able to use it with a media center program like Vista Media Center, the Harmony remotes from Logitech are great.

Check out our Reviews page, we've got a few up there that might help you learn a bit about just how much you can do with remotes.

oh, and if you just need cheap, easy MCE control, you can pick up a MCE Remote & IR Receiver from newegg for like $40

Mike Garcen (shadymg) MissingRemote Editor-in-Chief Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP (formerly Media Center MVP) Twitter @mikegarcen MissingRemote on Facebook

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Thank you shadymg, very kind. And yes, no way I'll be build my HTPC before having all "newbie" questions answered Tongue

Having said that, I won't be using MCE as I'll opt for XP + DVBViewer and that is my main worry I suppose, since many remotes are MCE compatible, but are they DVBViewer(or ProgDVB, etc.) compatible? I read on the DVBViewer forums that the application has a button learn feature so hopefully that will work.

But anyway, if I understood correctly, it's an IR Receiver that I will finally need to accomplish this task, right?

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correct. worst case, assuming the program is difficult to program for, you can always get software (i forget the title) which will allow you to re-map the buttons on pretty much any remote.

but yeah, definitely check out the DVBViewer forums, as i have no experience with it, to see what their loyal users recommend

Mike Garcen (shadymg) MissingRemote Editor-in-Chief Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP (formerly Media Center MVP) Twitter @mikegarcen MissingRemote on Facebook

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Elsewhere I was told that "you need something like WinLIRC or Girder to work with DVBViewer."

I believe that is the one you're referring to.

Thanks shady, you were very helpful!

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