USB keyboards now working

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by mikerr, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    Since 15.2 TiVo now supports any USB keyboard plugged into the back:

    Enter = Select
    Esc = Clear (danger!)

    F1 = TiVo
    F2 = LiveTV
    F3 = Guide
    F4 = CLEAR (danger!)
    F5 = Thumbs Up
    F6 = Thumbs Down
    F7 = Channel Up
    F8 = Channel Down
    F9 = Record
    F10 = Info

    Odd choices for ESC and F4 to be clear, and more than a little dangerous when in "my shows"

    Up and down arrows work as expected,
    left arrow is "Back", right arrow is "select".

    Pressing F11 gave me a surprise though:


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Yep, the old SD menu is still there, and quite a bit quicker than the HD menus.

    Also some more options:

    [​IMG]

    Kidzone and guru guides just say network error though.

    I was hoping that watch liveTV would bring up the old live tv guide, but no luck.
     
  2. RichardJH

    RichardJH New Member

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    Shame I can't use one keyboard for both Win7 HTPC and the Tivo
     
  3. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    :eek: Sweet!

    Thanks for doing that :)
     
  4. TIVO_YORK99

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    Well done for working this out Mike.

    I'd much rather have the SD main menu than the current HD one.

    Just a shame you can't press F12 and get the menu's in blue (with Recommended by Sky Digital text as well of course).

    Wonder if there is a key for the really cool Mr Tivo bootup screen?
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    What, they don't have KVM's over there?
     
  6. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    :( Anyone know where I can get mini-wireless-keyboard for not much money? ie <£20. Ebay, Amazon and Novatech are all useless.

    (Don't want to pay stupid money for something I won't use much.)
     
  7. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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  8. SPR

    SPR New Member

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    Carl - there's several on eBay at around the £18 mark including delivery
     
  9. VirginMediaPhil

    VirginMediaPhil New Member

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    Apple USB Keyboard (late 2007) doesn't work.
     
  10. warrenrb

    warrenrb Quiet Member

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    What the heck is a "Swivel Search"?
     
  11. TIVO_YORK99

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    Hi Carl,

    There is one here at maplins that seems to have good reviews. Its more like a blackberry phone but looks like it might be ideal with Tivo. Only thing is we don't know if it will work with Tivo yet :

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/mini-keyboard-with-touchpad-for-media-centre-517250

    Edit - Actually scrub that. It doesn't support F keys. Bit of an oversight not to include them.
     
  12. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    Hmmm....

    Now I don't want to "touch type" but I want quicker text entry than that :(

    I've seen a few but they all seem to be bluetooth, which doesn't work. Will have another look later on.

    ETA:
    I think I might have found one!
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-Com...oard-2-4Ghz-Nano-/280703512101#ht_1292wt_1163

    I wonder if the dongle will pick up the signal enough though, from round the back of the Tivo?
     
  13. RichardJH

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    Why would I want to use KVM with a wireless keyboard.

    I use a Logitech K400 wireless keyboard [​IMG] with the HTPC for internet etc where the Media Centre remote isn't useful, eg text input.

    It would have been great to put another wireless dongle in the Tivo and be able to use the same keyboard
     
  14. zekeisaszekedoes

    zekeisaszekedoes New Member

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    Thanks Mike, I've added the information to my CableForum thread about the 15.2 update.

    AFAIK there is no way to control playback, i.e. pause/fast-forward. I assumed the numpad might be used for that but it just does numbers it seems.

    Anyone have the full keymap for this? Would be very useful.
     
  15. mikerr

    mikerr TiVoCentral.co.uk

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    That one's also cheaper on ebuyer:
    [​IMG] @£8.95
    http://www.ebuyer.com/233152-xenta-...uk-keyboard-2-4ghz-nano-usb-receiver-sk-094ag
    looking at its size: 283x122x21mm
    its more than double the size of the 135mm "mini keyboard" first mentioned:
    [​IMG] @ £19.95

    Still not sure which to get myself!
     
  16. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

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    See Post #1, or is that not what you meant?

    For the price I'm getting the cheaper one. I can always just stick it away somewhere when not using it :)
     
  17. Johnny_boy

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    I downloaded the peanut plus app for the TiVo for iPad and iPhone for 69p and if you turn it on its side then you have a qwerty keyboard. Works with everything but iplayer.
     
  18. zekeisaszekedoes

    zekeisaszekedoes New Member

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    The Android TiVo Commander app gives you a virtual remote, virtual keyboard which works on most things and control of My Shows and recordings, to a good extent. It's the quickest way I've found to remote the TiVo, even including using a USB keyboard with the F11 SD menus.

    Better still, managing My Shows/recordings etc is done in the background while the TiVo continues to play fullscreen, handy if you have a missus who can't stand the tinkering when she's watching her godawful soaps or whatever. :D

    To get it working you do need to enter the TSN, MAK and IP numbers in the Custom Settings menu but after that it's plain sailing.
     
  19. Fixerman

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    Thanks for your information.:up:

    I would like to use this app but I don't know where to access the numbers you mentioned. Any help appreciated.:confused:
     
  20. zekeisaszekedoes

    zekeisaszekedoes New Member

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    Sure.

    • Go Home -> Help & Settings -> System Info.
    • TiVo Service Number (forth line of text). Make a note.
    • Go back.
    • Media Accesss Key (MAK) is second option. Press right, enter PIN, make a note.
    • Go Home -> Help & Settings -> Settings -> Network.
    • TiVo IP address is fifth line on the right text column.
    • Go back.
    • Go Network Remote Control. Allow.

    Type the IP, MAK and TiVo service number into the TiVo Commander app under Custom Settings. When done and pressing back on the Android device, five options should appear:

    • Remote
    • My Shows
    • Search
    • Settings
    • About

    Enjoy!
     

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