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IR Card to send signal to cable box (Media Center)

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I just got my windows media center yesterday... everything seems great, with one exception.  I can't change the channels on my cable box via my media center pc.  I dunno why there is no IR out on my HP a1340n.  So can someone please tell me what kind of card / cable I need to buy.  I see that my cable box has an IR (in) place on it.  Thank you.
- luke
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I would recommend a USB UIRT box: http://www.usbuirt.com/  It has nice features like the ability to learn IR codes of your existing equipment.
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NOTE
The USB-UIRT will not function as an
IR blaster for Windows XP MCE 2005.

The USB-UIRT combines the capability of other PC-based IR Receivers with a fully-featured IR Transmitter (sometimes referred to as a 'Blaster'). This allows your PC to not only receive codes from the remote controls you already have, but also to control your equipment (or any device with an IR receiver).
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It looks like you are locked into Microsoft's approved products for MCE: http://65.36.202.170/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=832&sid=af56d60e8d13e147ceedd90226beb441
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ok where do i buy that?
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Depending on whether you want wired or wireless, one of these IR blasters should work for you: http://www.smarthome.com/prodindex.asp?catid=257.  The site was recommended in http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/transcripts/05_1025_winxp.mspx
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by:lukeamotion
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I figured out that what I need isn't the IR blaster... Its the card to go into the computer to send signal to the cable box.

Thanks guys.
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can you tell which card you finally bought?

thanks
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