This weekend I spent some time getting familiar with Windows Media Center. An ATI Remote Wonder Plus came with my tuner card, so I plugged it in.
Vista automatically installed the software and said the device was "”ready to use”, but the remote still wasn’t working, so the next day I looked into the issue and found this article.
Turns out it’s an old article and no longer current, so here’s an update. First, after the ATI/AMD merger it wasn’t obvious, but I found the driver page mentioned in the above article. Here’s the ATI “Drivers & Software” page.
If you need the driver for 64 bit Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Linux, that page is your best bet – but since it’s what I needed, here’s a direct link to the 32-bit Vista driver.
Installing was straightforward, though after extracting with a status bar, there didn’t seem to be a lot of feedback from the installer. I hit <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del> to see if the process was running and got some start-menu toast explaining that the drivers were being installed.
This process ended with a note that a reboot may be required, this was also mentioned in the article linked above, but in my case the remote worked without a reboot – which is good because a reboot would have interfered with programs Media Center was recording.