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29th October 2012, 07:01 PM

I have an early 2011 17" MacBook Pro running 10.8.2 and VMWare Fusion 5.0.2.

I recently bought a ScubaPro Galileo Sol dive computer which has an infrared port (who still uses infrared in 2012 anyway?)

Unfortunately the software for it only runs on Windows and not OS X. To cut a long story short, I created a VM in VMWare, installed the Boot Camp drivers using this KB: VMware KB: Installing Apple hardware Boot Camp drivers in a Windows virtual machine (http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1012885) and Installed the latest SmartTRAK Software from the ScubaPro website. I then connected my IR port to VMWare successfully, and verified it installed by checking device manager. I can also press the menu button on my Apple TV remote and iTunes in my virtual machine will open.

I've tried this on fully patched Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows 8 DP machines.

I can't for the life of my get my dive computer to communicate with my VM though. All I can think of is possibly the infrared port on my MacBook Pro is coded to only accept input from Apple Remotes. Does anyone know if this is the case? Is there a way around this or am I destined to just use a USB dongle.

Any help would be much appreciated!

The thin slot for the IR port probably doesn't help either:


29th October 2012, 09:25 PM
Your best bet is to use a USB dongle - the Infared port on modern Macs (older Macs, PB3400 through to PowerBook G4 actually had an IrDA port) is only for use with Apple remotes and does not support IrDA or any other Infared interface.

30th October 2012, 05:38 AM
Ditto above, that's why I won't be using a Mac mini as a Windows Media Center