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How do I use LIRC's alsa_usb plugin for my SB Extigy/Audigy remote control?
Support for the remote controls of SB Extigy/Audigy is added in version 1.0.9 of the alsa-drivers, the alsa_usb module is in lirc version 0.7.2. LIRC's alsa_usb module relies on the alsa device names.
/proc/asound/cards lists the number and name of each recognized soundcard:
0 [Extigy ]: USB-Audio - Sound Blaster Extigy Creative Technology Ltd. Sound Blaster Extigy at usb-0000:00:1d.1-2, full speed 1 [I82801DBICH4 ]: ICH4 - Intel 82801DB-ICH4 Intel 82801DB-ICH4 with AD1981B at 0x24000800, irq 11 2 [Modem ]: ICH-MODEM - Intel 82801DB-ICH4 Modem Intel 82801DB-ICH4 Modem at 0x1400, irq 11
You can either pass the number or name of the sound card prefixed with
hw: to lircd. In this case lircd -d
hw:0 or lircd -d
hw:Extigy. I recommend using the name, since it is independent of the order in which the devices are discovered and lircd will exit, if the Extigy is not connected.