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ChristianR

07.01.2009 19:48:06
Sony BD .. How to Connect to FB?
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Hi, 
I bought a Sony BD Remote only for FB. 
I searched the Forum, read the FB help... 
but i couldnt find a procedere to connect/pair my new BD Remote.

The Setup Wizard for Bluetooth didn't show wich Keys I have to click 
on the BD Remote! 
Best regaards 
Christian 

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Felix

07.01.2009 20:48:07
Re: Sony BD .. How to Connect to FB?
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Thanks for asking.

Please make sure you use the latest version of Remote Buddy. The Setup 
Wizard shows you a part of a photo of the BD Remote and which buttons 
to press on it on the left side of the text during pairing.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz 

ChristianR

07.01.2009 22:25:49
Re: Sony BD .. How to Connect to FB?
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LOL ... I couldn't identify my own "New" Remote... 
no words to myself ! Paired now.. 
but for my excurse ..Its a small pic ... ;-)

Thx 
.. greetz 

JanG

20.01.2009 17:45:05
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hello,

i bought a sony bd today. i start the wizard from remote buddy and he says i have to push the ENTER and the START button. i do this but nothing happens. the wizard is still searching. 
remote buddy is up to date an i use mac osx 10.5.6.

is the remote broken?

thanks 

Felix

20.01.2009 18:45:16
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Thanks for asking.

Here's a checklist:

1) Ensure you are using Remote Buddy version 1.11.4 in the about 
dialog (I know you said you use the latest version, but it has 
happened very often that users did not have the latest version even 
though they said so)

2) Do you use the actual Sony PS3 BD Remote as pictured here (link 
below)?

http://static.iospirit.com/static/objectfiles/image/669/RemoteSBD.jpg

(background: I once received a report from a user who bought a 
different remote, which was offered to him as "BD Remote", but 
actually was a different model)

3) Check your batteries - are they fully charged?

4) Keep the Enter + Start buttons pressed for 2-3 seconds max, then 
release them and give Mac OS and the remote some time to find one 
another. Keeping the buttons pressed any longer resets the remote over 
and over again and effectively prevents a connection to be established.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz 

Dai

21.01.2009 02:50:28
Re: Sony BD .. How to Connect to RB?
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I'm having the same issue, although, it DID successfully pair and stayed paired for a couple of days: I had just purchased the Sony BD Remote, Remote Buddy (1.11.4) and set it up without any hassle, and it worked perfectly.

After booting my Mac Mini (approximately four days after the purchases), Remote Buddy (set to start upon log-in) would say "Hot key activated" as usual, and also "Sony BD Connected" (paraphrased) "Press any key on the Sony BD" also as usual. This time, however, trying to do so wouldn't force ANY action. Normally I'd push enter + start on the Sony and kick off the Remote Buddy interface. Now this wouldn't work. Nothing would work. The Sony BD is not recognized by Remote Buddy - re-pairing attempts have been unsuccessful as well. Have tried re-installing and deleting previous plists and all that. Nothing works.

I'm at ground zero, here. :(

Last edited: 21.01.2009 02:53:33 

JanG

21.01.2009 06:34:06
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thanks felix! 
it works now. and i have the latest version, i use the selfupdate function ^^ 
but now i'm be scared that i will have the same problems with reconnection like dai...

Felix

21.01.2009 09:15:17
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I'm having the same issue, although, it DID successfully pair and 
staid paired for a couple of days: I had just purchased the Sony BD 
Remote, Remote Buddy (1.11.4) and set it up without any hassle, and 
it worked perfectly.

 
This sounds very much like if your batteries have run empty. Bluetooth 
remotes draw *a lot* more power than Infrared remotes. Please try with 
fresh batteries.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz 

Dai

21.01.2009 17:33:22
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This sounds very much like if your batteries have run empty. Bluetooth 
remotes draw *a lot* more power than Infrared remotes. Please try with 
fresh batteries.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz

 
I'm gonna try this in a few and report back. If this is the case, then it's absolutely ridiculous. Four days? Brand new batteries? Atrocious. 
Felix

22.01.2009 11:50:16
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Bluetooth is - like WiFi - a full-fledged protocol that works with a 
connection-based model (similiar to TCP/IP), frequency hopping, 
packets, etc. It is absolutely not comparable with infrared or custom 
RF solutions, that only draw power when they actually have something 
to send. Keeping a Bluetooth connection open requires constant 
activity on the devices' ends. And thus even if you don't press a 
button on your Bluetooth remote, it will continuously draw power.

So while I can understand your perspective, from a technology 
viewpoint four days are actually not that bad when you take into 
account the power needed to maintain a Bluetooth connection.

Compare that four days with f.ex. an iPhone 3G - which, with screen 
turned off - has a talking time of a maximum of 5 hours. I'm aware 
that the power requirements are likely to be higher for sending data 
to a mobile tower, but so is the capacity of the Li-Ion rechargeable 
battery in the iPhone 3G compared to the two AA batteries in the BD 
Remote.

What can you do to prolong the run-time of the BD Remote?

1) Shutdown your Mac when you don't use it instead of just putting it 
to sleep, as an open Bluetooth connection will stay open even during 
sleep.

2) Disconnect your remote with a long press on the PS button when you 
don't use it.

3) Only connect it when you are actually putting it to use.

- or (automating 2 and 3 and parts of 1) -

4) Make use of the Remote Buddy's power saving options at Prefs > 
Hardware > Bluetooth Receiver. These offer you two ways to save energy: 
a) RB can automatically disconnect the remote (and thus save power) 
after it has not been used for a given number of minutes 
b) RB can automatically disconnect the remote when you put your Mac to 
sleep. That prolongs battery life by at least the amount of time your 
Mac is sleeping. A disconnected Bluetooth remote can, however, not be 
used to wake the Mac. An alternative to waking a (modern) Mac via a 
remote is f.ex. to shortly press its power button.

Since technically Remote Buddy does no longer "own" the Bluetooth 
connection to the BD Remote after Apple silently updated the OS X 
Bluetooth stack with OS X 10.5.6, RB could no longer close the 
connection and the power saving strategies in 4) could no longer be 
used.

I'm writing this in past tense, because, yes, I recently found a 
(clean) way to achieve the closure of the Bluetooth connection even 
under OS X 10.5.6. Unless any last minute problems turn up with that 
technique, the power saving options will be part of the next release 
of Remote Buddy.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz 

Felix

22.01.2009 15:57:17
Re: Re: Sony BD .. How to Connect to RB?
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I'll have to update myself on this point:

1) Shutdown your Mac when you don't use it instead of just putting it 
to sleep, as an open Bluetooth connection will stay open even during 
sleep.

During testing, it turned out that even a disconnected Sony PS3 BD 
Remote is in fact able to wake up the Mac unter OS X 10.5.6. Neat.

Best regards, 
Felix Schwarz