What a fabulous discovery: I can now use my Creative RM-1800 infra-red remote control to control WinAmp.
For the last few years my shiny, silver Creative remote control has sat beneath my PC monitor looking rather forlorn and underused. So a few months back I emptied it of batteries and handed it over to Reuben and Joshua’s toy box.
The remote control was one of the reasons that I went for the X-Fi Platinum in the first place. I had visions of sitting in my study and being able to control my music from the other side of the room.
It was great for a couple of weeks. I had to make do with Creative Entertainment Center rather than WinAmp but that was fine. I could live with that. But then the first time I had to do a clean reinstall of Windows XP and upgraded my Creative X-Fi Platinum drivers I lost use of the remote control.
1. Install Creative Entertainment Center
I had assumed that the remote control drivers were a part of the soundcard drivers, after all the infra-red receiver is firmly embedded into the break-out box that is installed just beneath my DVD-RW drive. But they are not: they are installed with Creative Entertainment Center. I only discovered that yesterday!
I installed the Creative Entertainment Center software this evening. It ended with a rather abrupt error message but it did install ok — at least, both the remote control driver and Creative Entertainment Center are installed and appear to be functioning correctly.
2. Enable Remote Control
Once installed I fired up the Entertainment Center Settings, which brings up this dialog box in which you need to enable the remote control:
3. WinAmp plugin
Under Windows 7 I had to install by right-clicking the installer file and selecting “Run as administrator”. This is because the plugin installer needs to write to the C:\Program Files\WinAmp directory and for security reasons it needs administrator rights to be able to do that.
4. That’s it
And that was it! When I fire up WinAmp I can now sit in my study and control my music from the other side of the room.