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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port System 10.4
Tiger only hintMy new iMac G5 received a vCard sent from my phone -- through the Apple-shaped infrared port on the front! I just thought I'd try it, to see if the thing only cared about the Apple remote. But to my surprise, it worked. Now how to send stuff from the computer...

I am submitting this because I really can't find anyone talking about this on the web, and it is a big deal (I think). I felt IrDA was a sad loss from the Apple lineup, and now it seems to be back in some manner at least, just completely unpublicised. Hope you find this interesting!
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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: JoolsG4 on Mar 16, '06 07:45:39AM

GSM Remote allows IrDA transfers to mobile phones - it may help.

http://www.traud.de/gsm/remote/

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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: aranganath on Mar 16, '06 07:51:27AM

No luck on the MacBook Pro. Did you have to tweak anything or just try to send from your phone?



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 16, '06 08:29:10AM

I didn't know a MacBook Pro had an infrared port.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: solipsism on Mar 16, '06 09:41:21AM

Sure does, and it comes with an Apple remote.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 17, '06 06:00:32AM

Thanks. Just that it's not on my G4 PowerBook. Good to know.



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look at the pictures
Authored by: ash7 on Mar 16, '06 10:25:14PM

it's the black thing on near the latch button



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: kL on Mar 16, '06 10:43:32AM

Any details? What phone? What application did receive it?

I've tried beaming contact from SPV C500 (WinCE 2003), but there's absolutely no reaction from iMac.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: mdanielvm on Mar 16, '06 11:48:20AM

OK, I see you somehow have that working. But where is the hint in this? I have an iMac G5 (iSight) and a SE phone, trying to send an address via infrared does nothing on my computer. Does this have to be enabled on the mac? I alwats thought the irDA port on the imac is for reception only.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: mdanielvm on Mar 16, '06 12:14:43PM

My iMac G5 (iSight) shows this under USB in the System Profiler:

IR Receiver:

Version: 0.64
Bus Power (mA): 500
Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Apple Computer, Inc.
Product ID: 0x8240
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Computer, Inc.)

To my understanding that is only one way. Still, if it was capable of receiving vcards, that would be helpful.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: graf on Mar 16, '06 01:32:16PM

For what it's worth, it doesn't "just work" sending a vCard from my K750i Mobile phone to my G5 iSight Mac either.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: praseodym on Mar 16, '06 02:27:41PM

No luck with a SE K700i either. It might be that my phone wants some kind of answer, and yours just sent the file. But then I still doubt if OS X would handle the file.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: barnabynorwood on Mar 16, '06 04:16:58PM

Sorry to not really offer a hint, as I didn't do anything special to make it happen. I just thought it might interest some people. Unfortunately, I don't really have any information other than I've noticed Virtual PC shows up the port as "Infrared Port" under USB Devices. And guess what guys, I can't make it work again :) It doesn't make a difference if I'm running this (or any app) or not.

I conclude the following possibles:

1. It got sent with bluetooth. The software I was using on my Pocket PC could have had a bug which sends stuff with bluetooth as well while you think it's doing IR.
2. I imagined it
3. It is some kind of future feature of Apple's which they've disabled with the Software Update I did since then. Maybe something in their home media quest will use IR for talking to the Mac. Doubt it.

I am running 10.4.5 on a Power PC, and I used an XDA Mini S Pocket PC.

Anyway, if there are any tests you would like me to carry out, let me know.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: digitol on Mar 16, '06 08:04:34PM

Are you sure you didn't just transfer using your bluetooth connection??



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: mdanielvm on Mar 16, '06 08:56:26PM

Yeah, I am suspecting your point #1 that you sent it via bluetooth without noticing. See, I was also looking into the possibilities of using the IR port for syncing my phone, but it really seems to be a one way, FrontRow only thing. So far I could not find any hacks or any info at all.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: skippingrock on Mar 17, '06 07:44:17PM

So I am guessing now that this would not be compatible with the IrDA port on my TiBook G4.

Let me know if you are able to try... cheers, Andrew.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: macwebmac on Mar 19, '06 12:05:28PM

maybe it is needed to remove remote control driver (if there is such a thing) or soem kext, before othere IrDa devices could be used. maybe remote reserves it for itself?

try again this restart mac, dont use remote. open VirtualPC. uses IrDa with VPC. try some PC IrDA app from VPC to see if it works.



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10.4: Transfer data via iMac G5 (iSight) IrDA port
Authored by: ccsccs7 on Mar 19, '06 06:41:12PM

I've been scouring the web looking for the specs for this port. I was wondering if it was a true IrDA compatible interface or proprietary as were the early PowerBook IR ports.

Seeing that it's being used for the remote, it's possibly not much more advanced than the IR ports on electronics, do you think?



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