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A heads-up on pairing remotes to Macs System
I just bought a new aluminum MacBook, and discovered that I couldn't get an IR remote control to pair with the notebook. This is optional, but it prevents other remotes from controlling your Mac.

If you go to the Security System Preferences panel, you'll find a Pair/Unpair button. Clicking on Pair brings up a message instructing you to press and hold the Menu and Next buttons on the remote until a "paired" icon appears.

I tried this several times with no luck. Finally, I found that you have to be running an admin account for this to work -- there is no indication that you can't pair from a non-administrator account. As a matter of fact, the panel is disabled until you click the lock and enter an admin account and password. But even after unlocking, you still can't pair from a standard account.

So if you have trouble pairing a new remote, make sure you log into an admin account first.
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A heads-up on pairing remotes to Macs
Authored by: Beorn on Nov 20, '08 11:05:11AM

Great hint! I recently upgraded to a new MacBook Pro and decided to go the "secure" route by not running my default user as an administrator, and I had basically given up on the remote. I figured the remote's battery had died, so I was about to go buy a new one - thanks for saving me a couple bucks!



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A heads-up on pairing remotes to Macs
Authored by: marook on Nov 20, '08 01:31:13PM

This is a huge qulifier for: bugreport.apple.com!

If you unlock the panel, and the Pair button is active, you should be able to pair.
File a bug - Please!

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/Marook



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A heads-up on pairing remotes to Macs
Authored by: yarnmitch on Nov 24, '08 03:32:20PM

I noticed this problem on an early 2007 MacBook when I first installed Leopard, so it's probably a Leopard bug. Please report this to Apple! I think I filled a bug report on this long ago, but it's obviously not been fixed.



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