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Help

You can access the Amulet user interface pages using the Amulet menu strip available on the Media Center start page. Introductory videos demonstrating how to use the software are located under Help Videos on the Amulet menu strip, or you can just say SHOW HELP VIDEOS to call them up.

The following videos are available - click a title to view on YouTube:

  • Amulet Introduction: plays during installation to introduce the capabilities of your Voice Remote.
  • Amulet Remote Hardware: demonstrates the key elements for installation and charging of your remote
  • General Help: provides an overview of the key features of your Voice Remote
  • Music Help: demonstrates how Amulet lets you control your music
  • TV and Video Help: demonstrates how Amulet allows you to work with your TV programs, videos and movies
  • TV Guide Help: demonstrates how Amulet allows you to move around the TV Guide.
  • Troubleshooting Help: shows some checks to carry out if you are having trouble getting commands to work
  • Speech Profile Help: explains how Speech Profiles can be used to support people with very different voices using your Amulet Voice Remote
  • New: My Movies Walkthrough: shows how to use Amulet 3.0 to control My Movies for Windows Media Center
 
Why won't my home-theatre PC recognize the Amulet Remote buttons? PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

The Amulet Remote buttons transmit IR codes compatible with Microsoft's standard Media Center remote. Some HTPC systems come with their own remote that uses different codes, along with software to recognize the new codes. If you have such a system, and are using the iMon manager software, you can use the Settings page within iMon's setup to change the infra-red codeset back to the standard Microsoft codes. The setting is located under Remote Controller; see this screenshot for more details.

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Quick Reference Cards  PDF Print E-mail
Help

The quick reference cards included in the box are a key reference point as they summarise the voice commands you can use. Keep these handy to find relevant commands.

 
Basic Media Center Learning PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

As with some other Media Center remotes, the TV Power and Volume buttons can learn IR commands from other remote controls. This makes it convenient to turn on or off your television and adjust your TV or receiver volume level from the same remote you use to control Windows Media Center.

Unlike other Media Center remotes, the Amulet remote includes an additional programmable button, the Music button (labelled with a musical note). For example, you may wish to train this button to change the source video input on your television to the Media Center display.

Programming Notes

  • The TV Power button is not assigned any initial function; it must be trained before use.
  • Normally, the VOL+ and VOL‐ buttons on the Voice Remote control the volume only within Windows Media Center. If you reprogram them, you can still adjust Media Center’s volume using voice commands.
  • You can delete the trained command from any button and it will revert to its previous function.
  • Make sure the remote you are learning from has strong batteries
  • Don’t try to reprogram buttons in strong natural or artificial light

Learning procedure

To reprogram one of the basic keys with a new function:

  1. Place the Amulet Remote with its learning lens 2‐3 inches apart from the other device’s remote control. (The learning lens is on the upper left edge of the Amulet Remote when viewed from the front.)
  2. On the Amulet Remote, press the DVD Menu and OK buttons at the same time. The logo on the remote starts to slowly flash light blue (cyan) to indicate it is now in learning mode.
  3. On the Amulet Remote, press and release the TV, VOL , VOL‐ or Music buttons, depending on which button you want to train. The logo on the Amulet Remote will show a solid light blue color to indicate it is waiting to learn.
  4. Press and release the button on the other remote that you are learning from. The Amulet Remote logo flashes light blue to indicate the code has been successfully learnt.
  5. If you wait too long before pressing the button on the other remote, the Amulet Logo flashes amber to indicate a timeout; repeat the programming from Step 2.

If all went well, you can now try out the newly programmed button on your Amulet Remote to make sure it behaves as expected.

Erasing a basic key code

To erase a learnt code and restore the button’s original function:

  1. Press and hold the DVD Menu button and Left navigation button at the same time until the Logo on the Amulet Remote flashes light blue.
  2. Press the button you wish to erase, i.e. TV Power, VOL , VOL‐ or Music, and the Logo will turn a solid light blue color. Now press the OK button to confirm. The Logo flashes light blue to indicate successful erasure and then turns off.

You must carry out the entire procedure within 10 seconds, or the erase operation will be automatically cancelled. If this occurs, the Logo will flash amber.

HANDY HINT

  • Normally, when you press a button on your Amulet Remote, the Amulet logo turns dark blue. When you press a reprogrammed button, the logo turns light blue instead. This is a quick way to check if the button you are pressing is transmitting a device code instead of its usual Media Center function.
 
Using the Amulet Voice Remote with Media Center PDF Print E-mail
Voice Remote

In normal use, the Amulet Voice Remote behaves like a standard remote. When you lift it up to your mouth to speak into it, however, the microphone turns on, indicated by the logo at the top of the remote lighting solid red.

If you move beyond the range of the remote’s ability to transmit voice commands, the logo shows flashing red when elevated. You will then need to move closer to the Media Center.

When the logo is showing solid red, you can talk to the Media Center. Hold the remote about 6-8 inches from your mouth when speaking. When you are finished issuing commands, simply lower the remote to turn off the microphone again.

When Media Center starts, the Amulet software loads automatically. Once you hear the "Welcome to Amulet" voice prompt, Amulet is ready and waiting for your commands.

A useful speech command to check that everything is working correctly is “WHAT TIME IS IT?” If you hear a spoken response, then everything is working correctly. The installation video will have given you some insight into the use of your Voice Remote.

Remember that while the Amulet remote allows you to do most things via voice, you can still use buttons for many operations. Some actions, such as volume adjustment or channel changing may feel more natural to do via buttons. Other actions, such as selecting an artist or TV channel are natural operations for the power of voice. Use whichever you feel comfortable with.

 
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