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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A method to test a USB FTDI JP1.x cable using Live Linux Mint
As you will be running from RAM, you will probably need a pc with > 2GB RAM.
Download Linux Mint and make a bootable usb/dvd

Boot the usb/dvd - you will be presented with the Live Linux Mint desktop
Adjust mouse/touchpad to your reqirements
Adjust keyboard layout/locale if needed
Connect to the internet via ethernet or Wifi
Download RMIR
Extract RMIR

Open a Terminal window, navigate to the extracted directory and execute install script
cd Downloads/RemoteMaster.v2.08build1/

The setup script will create shortcuts and update permissions, so it requires you to confirm
Desktop files created and executable permissions set.

To use a USB serial interface with RMIR, you need to be a member of the
dialout group.  Currently you are not a member.  This script can add you
to that group but you will need to give your sudo password.  Do you want
it to add you to that group?

Please answer Y or N. >

Answer Y

Done.  You will need to log out and log back in again for this change
to take effect.

Setup complete.

This is optional (only needed for Xsight remotes
 cp -a linux_xsight.rules  /etc/udev/rules.d/

Now Log out of the current session (not quit/shutdown! - use the icon above it - logout leave the session)
Log back in user- 'mint' , passsword- <none>

Connect JP1 cable to remote, then to the pc

Launch RMIR, bottom left LinuxMint 'LM' icon, navigate to Other/RMIR or type 'rmir' in search box
Leave Remote/Interface as autodetect or use JP1.x serial/ then /dev/ttyUSB0
Try download from remote

When the cable works, marvel at the accomplished task and pat yourself in the back
This method of testing bypasses your normal operating system / environment eg installed drivers.
The live session are not automatically stored, so any changes you wish to keep must be copied/stored manually - eg on a usb drive
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