If you are using your computer with a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard as an HTPC, you have probably thought about setting up a remote control so that you don’t need to use a keyboard and mouse to control the computer. There are two main methods you can use to control your PC by remote control. The first involves using a universal IR (infrared) receiver, and the second involves purchasing a specialized HTPC remote. HTPC remotes have an advantage because they often include a trackpad for moving the mouse cursor as well.
- USB IR receiver
- Universal remote control
- USB extension cable (optional)
- HTPC remote control (optional)
USB IR Receiver Method
Connect the USB IR Receiver to your computer and place the receiver unit near the screen or monitor with the receiver facing forward. If the cable is not long enough to extend the receiver to a location near the screen, use a USB extension cable.
Insert the software disc that came with the receiver and install the included software by following the onscreen prompts. Most IR Receivers include software that manages the incoming signals and routes them to a keyboard button or mouse click.
Set up the universal remote by following the instructions that came with the receiver. This process varies for each device, but generally involves choosing a function with the mouse and keyboard, then pressing the button on the remote that you would like to control that function.
HTPC Remote Control Method
Connect the USB cable of the receiver unit to the computer and place the unit near the screen or monitor with the receiver portion facing forward. If the cable is not long enough, use a USB extension cable.
Insert the software disc that came with the HTPC remote control into the disc drive. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete installation.
Synchronize the remote with the receiver by following the included instructions. Some remotes do not require synchronization.
Open your favorite media software and test the media buttons on the remote. If you would like to program additional functions, you can set hotkeys in the “Preferences” menu of most applications.
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