Hacking a remote to a G4 Mac Mini
Although this was originally done to satisfy a remote on a Mac Mini G4 , it works under Linux and PC hardware or a Mac with no IR receiver built in. It will actually give you an Apple IR hardware sensor on any system with a USB port.
Also there is now a new post that explains how to get software support for XBMC and possibly Plex from this under linux with long key press support WITHOUT using Lirc!
If you have an older Mac Mini or any OSX based Mac without remote such as G5, and want a quick and cheap remote control…..
Here is what I did on a Mac G4 with no IR …
I bought an IR receiver for a Macbook Pro on ebay , connected it to a USB connector by matching up the colors on the wires with standard USB color coding (changing only yellow for white). See.. USB pin-out .
I believe what I bought on Ebay was for a Mac Book Pro and from what I have seen, you want to make sure it is from a MacBook PRO and not just a MacBook. If you buy one with the cable attached it will help you to identify the pin out of the IR receiver, and make it easier to solder as the board contacts are tiny.
It works great on XBMC on a G4 Mac Mini but I have never got it to work in Frontrow , using native Apple Drivers in OSX 10.4 or 10.5. I suspect Frontrow for PowerPC is not IR enabled.