I have run into a very interesting issue with my Macbook Pro. My Macbook Pro is a Revision C, late 2006, 2.17 gHz machine, standard configuration, except I maxed the ram to 3 GB. I run both OSX and Windows (via bootcamp).
The short story:
The remote does not work on OS X. Just having the desktop up, there is no response to the remote buttons. Going into the
System Settings -> Securityand trying to pair results in no response either. Disabling the IR in that dialog and re-enabling has no effect.
The remote does work at the machine's boot menu - I can use it to move back and forth between the OSX and Windows icons and use the select button to choose the OS to boot.
The remote does works on my Windows 7 Ultimate installation (BootCamp drivers enabling the IR since "Apple IR Receiver" show up in the Device Manager under the Human Interface Devices category). In particular, this is evidenced by using the volume controls on the remote and the laptop responds with volume changes. I imagine I could do more troublshooting to show that all the buttons do in fact respond, however I probably need to install a third party program to translate the remote buttons, such as ARW, although it seems the sourceforge site is now down.
So this seems really, really odd for it to not work in OSX, but work in Windows; however it also provides a fairly good comparison/troubleshooting view into what could be wrong. Where should I go from here? Has anyone experienced issues like this? I'm more experienced with hardware issues on Windows than OSX so I'm not sure where to go from here.
- I noticed the remote would work shortly after logging in, for about 15-20 seconds maximum.
- I create a separate account, logged on, the remote continued working.
Something specific to my user account disables the remote/IR functionality. Any ideas? I have checked
Login Items under my account name in
Security and the only item is iTunesHelper.