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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution System 10.4
Tiger only hintI had an issue pairing my Apple Remote with my MacBook Pro. The Apple manual says (on page 36):
To pair your Apple Remote with your MacBook Pro:
  1. Position the Apple Remote 3 to 4 inches from the IR receiver on your MacBook Pro.
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons on the Apple Remote for 5 seconds.
After trying and failing several times to pair my remote using these instructions, I gave up. While it could be a bit annoying not to have the remote paired, it was not a significant enough issue to prompt me to send the notebook in for repair. After a few days, I decided that there must be a software conflict causing this problem, since the remote works fine otherwise. I scoured the net for a solution and found nothing. It seemed I was the only one with this problem.

Based on the premise that you should push all of the buttons and see what happens, I tried several other key combinations on the remote. To my surprise, holding the Menu + Play/Pause buttons together for five seconds paired the remote with my MacBook Pro.

I have unpaired and then re-paired the remote several times with this alternate button combination and it works every time.

[robg adds: The Intel mini instruction book reads the same way, but those keys do work to pair the remote on the mini (the Play/Pause button also works).]
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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: cawaker on Mar 10, '06 02:34:28PM

I paired a remote on the MBP and another one on a mac mini using the menu + fastforward method.

rather odd problem you had there.



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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: gresmi on Mar 11, '06 10:51:12PM

Using the new core duo mac mini I found where some people may also run into a potential problem. It didn't seem to want to pair the device using either key combination. After trying them both, all of a sudden it appeared that the remote wouldn't work. I looked in system prefs to check that the remote sensor was on, it was, and it claimed that the remote was not paired. I then realised that I wasn't logged in as an administrator. Once I had logged in as an administrator, the remote still didn't work, but now system prefs claimed that a remote WAS paired with the computer. Unpairing the remote then got the remote to work once again.

Moral of the story - when pairing a remote, make sure you're logged in as an administrator!



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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: keihan on May 18, '06 08:06:20AM

word! your solution worked perfectly. thanks!



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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: sshanx on Dec 18, '06 04:10:59AM
Note: a user needs administrative privileges to pair their remote.

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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: lil_evil on Apr 19, '07 12:46:20PM

I paired my remote with my macbook pro under an administrator account. Unfortunately, after pairing, I can't use my remote under a normal user account. How can I pair my remote with my macbook AND use it as an unprivileged user?
Can anybody help?
thx



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MacBook Pro IR Remote pairing problem and solution
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Jan 02, '08 11:13:31PM

Thanks, helped me, too, while Menu + Fastforward still allowed other remotes to control my MBP.

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