why does my apple tv remote control my mac

There are gaps in my TV consumption history. Of the big TV dramas in recent memory, for example, I have watched "Lost" and "The Sopranos" in their entirety, but I have caught only a half a season of "Mad Men," only three-plus seasons of "The Wire," and nary an episode of "Breaking Bad. "
For the singular purpose of watching Walter White's meth adventures on a big screen, this week I purchased an. From what I've heard about this show, it merits being Netflixed on an HDTV rather than a laptop or a. So, last night I got to setting up my. Specifically, the play/pause button would begin playing music in, while the up and down buttons would adjust volume. Thankfully, there is an easy way to sever this connection. For this tutorial, I should note my MacBook Pro is running (10. 8. 2). Step 1: Open System Preferences via the Apple menu. Step 2: Click on Security Privacy. Step 3: Click the lock in the lower-left corner in order to make the Advanced button active; then enter your system password, and click Unlock. Step 4: Click the Advanced button in the lower-right corner, check the box for Disable remote control infrared receiver, and click OK. That's it.

Now your Apple TV remote will talk to your Apple TV while ignoring your MacBook. Do note, however, that no Apple remote will work with your MacBook, including the remote that shipped with it. Luckily, this process is just as easy to reverse should you later wish to control your Mac via remote. If you have an Apple TV, the included remote can also be used to control various things on non-Retina MacBook Pros, like iTunes. However, if you re trying to navigate through menus on your Apple TV and you have your MacBook Pro in front of you, then most likely the remote is also messing with your MacBook Pro. Here s how to disable that. The older non-Retina MacBook Pro comes with a built-in infrared sensor so that users can control iTunes and other media players using an Apple TV remote from afar. This can be a handy feature for a lot of reasons, but if you re not one that s using the remote for such purposes, it s a good idea to disable the sensor on your MacBook Pro to prevent any accidental confusion. I recently noticed that my wife s MacBook Pro would randomly start playing music in iTunes.

It took me a couple of times before I realized that it would only happen when I was messing around with the Apple TV, and then discovered that the Apple TV remote was also messing with my wife s MacBook Pro. Luckily, there s a way you can disable your MacBook Pro s infrared sensor so that an Apple TV remote won t accidentally control it. The steps to disable the sensor are very easy to do and only takes around 15 seconds, but I ll guide you through every step so that you don t get lost on the way, as you have to dig a little deep into the system preferences in order to find the settings that we want. Also, it s important to note that only older non-Retina MacBook Pros have an infrared sensor, so if you have a newer Retina-equipped MacBook Pro, there s no need to follow this tutorial since those models do not include a sensor. First, open up System Preferences. It s a small gray square icon with gears inside and it should be located in your dock (if not, you can find it in the Launchpad or the Applications folder. Next, click on Security Privacy up towards to the top-right of the System Preferences window.

Click on the Privacy tab if it isn t already selected. More than likely, you ll need to click on the padlock in the lower-left corner before you can proceed, so go ahead and click on it and enter in your admin password. If you don t have an admin password set up, you can just hit Enter on the keyboard. Next, click on Advanced and a pop-up window will appear. In that pop-up window, there will be an option that says Disable remote control infrared receiver. It will have checkbox to the left of it. PSimply put a checkmark in the check box and clickP OK. That s all there is to it! You ll now be able to use your Apple TV remote without worrying about it accidentally opening up iTunes on your MacBook Pro. Of course, an even quicker fix is to just cover up the infrared sensor on your MacBook Pro with some tape, but it doesn t look that great and it takes away from the good looks of your laptop. Save the tape, and disable it in System Preferences instead. Since the newer Retina-equipped MacBook Pros don t have an infrared sensor built in, you don t have to worry about disabling it if you want to use your Apple TV remote on your Apple TV and nothing else, but what if you do want to use a remote with your newer MacBook Pro?

There s still options available, though. The easiest solution is to use that works with the iPhone and iPad. It can control your MacBook Pro with a WiFi connection, provided that both devices are connected to the same WiFi network. However, if you absolutely need to have physical buttons for a remote (and it s totally understandable), then you re not completely out of options. You can still use an Apple TV remote on your Retina MacBook Pro, but it ll take some extra gear and a bit of experimenting. (with some bugs) his Retina MacBook Pro with an Apple remote using aPUSB infrared receiver from his Microsoft Windows Media Center Remote, and then using a piece of software called Mira to get his MacBook and the receiver to play nicely with each other. Of course, your mileage will vary when using third-party hardware, but it s a fix that you can try out if you have a newer MacBook Pro.

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