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post #1 of 7
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hey all,

i've been using my HTPC for a few months now and lately the IR reciever is getting worse
i have this case with a built in reciever.

is it possible to boost the reciever so it has better reception?
i'm using a Logitech Harmony One remote, and everything else works perfectly, just my HTPC has problems

ow, the distance is about 3 meter...that's the max it can recieve now

any help would be appreciated
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post #2 of 7
So your saying it used to be just fine, but now it is having problems?

You may need to check and see if the IR reciever has come disconnected from it's mounting point. Can't tell where it is from the pic, but looks like it would be in the upper right corner.
That is the only reason I can see it would get worse over time (aside from the batteries in the remote needing to be changed).
Another option is to cut out the clear plastic covering the reciever to give it better reception.
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post #3 of 7
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the reciever is indeed in the top right corner of the pic,
i'll try to remove the screen for the reciever and see it that would help,
but the batteries aren't the issue here...because all other things work perfect (TV, radio)

any other ideas i could try?
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post #4 of 7
Have you tried changing the batteries though. The IR reciever on the case may just need a stronger signal than the other devices do. It is really easy to check and would explain why it is getting worse with time.
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post #5 of 7
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can't change the batteries since the Harmony One has a little LiPo battery
but it's fully charged now, and still have the same problem.
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post #6 of 7
Ahh, OK then.

What I mentioned is all I can think of.
If it is not the remote, then their is something that has changed with the IR receiver. It could be loose or at a weird angle, could be dirty over that area, or dust may have gotten between the cover and receiver.
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post #7 of 7
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i'll tear it all apart tomorrow and clean it out, remove the screen that's in front of it.

anything else i can try? like more volts through the reciever or anything?
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