With XBMC 12 (Frodo) now out and available, we have improved our direct integration with the official releases, libCEC 2.0.4 is provided as standard as part of the compiled binaries and will give you wide range support for your CEC enabled TV and Amplifier. We are currently busily working behind the scenes developing new features and integrating libCEC into our new TVonics range of set top boxes, we hope to have these available within the next few weeks.

Thank you to everyone who has provided bug reporting feedback to libCEC and continues to do so, we take on board all of the reports and have integrated fixes into our next build due out soon.


Merry Christmas

13Dec12

With the holidays fast approaching, everyone here at Pulse-Eight would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are closed this year from the 22nd of December until the 2nd of January 2013, during this time we will still be taking online orders however any order will not be dispatched until January 2nd 2013

Additionally any support queries received during this period may not be answered or resolved until the new year. Our online forums are still available and we will monitor them throughout the festive period.

Best wishes from everyone at  Pulse-Eight


Engineers at Endpoint trialled our USB-CEC Adapters to ensure their Liquid Galaxy installations are always displaying the right content, now they are driving many of the world’s Liquid Galaxy installs. Matt Vollrath from End Point explains how they are using our adapters, libCEC and our cec-client to ensure they are controlling their installations in their latest blog post.

We always enjoy hearing about novel ways our products are being used, if you have an interesting application, let us know by e-mailing us


Between now at the end of November you can pick up our PulseBox Barebone chassis for £89.99 or £114.99 for the premium, build your own HTPC in time for Christmas with our barebones and take advantage of our tailored OpenELEC build called “Pulse

While you’re at it, why not complete the system and use our Bluetooth Micro Keyboard for just £19.99! and for a limited time our CEC Adapter is on sale at just £27.99

We have a limit stock available at this price so hurry, if you’re in the UK, shipping is free, or £7.99 if you order a PulseBox!


libCEC 2.0 has been released this week!

This version of libCEC includes support for the Solid-Run CuBox (TDA995x) device, written by GitHub user warped-rudi.

Another highlight of this release is that it includes the latest Beta3 version of the libCEC Tray Application, which you can use to control Windows Media Center via CEC. libCEC Tray replaces the CEC Configuration tool from earlier versions; all it’s functions have been ported to libCEC Tray.

We’ve removed all methods that have been marked as deprecated in the last couple of versions, and we’ve fixed to callback methods so they work properly with plain C again. This API change breaks backwards compatibility, which means that if you upgrade your libCEC installation to 2.0, then you must either install XBMC from our packages page, or use the latest nightly build of XBMC.

Another changes in this version can be found in the settings screen in XBMC (system -> input devices -> peripherals -> CEC adapter). The options have been simplified greatly, so they can be configured by all users without consulting the FAQ page first. E.g. you can now select the name of the device to which your adapter is connected, instead of writing a magic number in the input box.

libCEC’s initialisation and shut down times have been reduced greatly, and some bugs that were reported have been fixed. In case you encounter any issues with libCEC, feel free to create a bug report at our GitHub page, or send an email to support@pulse-eight.com.

The full changelog can be found here.


Another update of our libCEC library has just been released. The focus for this development cycle was a problem with the wake-on-CEC feature on systems without any keyboard attached. A bug in the operating system prevented the system from waking from standby mode when it wasn’t signaled to do so by a keyboard or mouse. That’s why we’ve released a new firmware for beta testing. More on that below.

Other than support for the new firmware, this libCEC update fixes a couple of minor issues that were reported by users, and it handles a new callback from the Raspberry Pi’s firmware, that informs us that we need to re-allocate the address on the CEC bus.

You can find the full details in the changelog.

Beta firmware

This firmware upgrade will add a virtual mouse to the system, so the system no longer thinks that there is none connected and won’t ignore the wake signal anymore. As this changes how the device is “seen” by the system, the device ID needed to be changed too. This means that XBMC won’t detect the device with this new firmware version, unless it’s been upgraded to the latest version from our packages site!

To update to the latest revision of the v2 firmware, please download it here and install the latest version of XBMC from our website packages.pulse-eight.net.

For Ubuntu the firmware upgrade can be found on our testing PPA. Download install-libcec.sh and execute “bash install-libcec.sh testing”. Next run “sudo apt-get install cec-firmware-upgrade && sudo cec-firmware-upgrade”

Right now our firmware updating system is only available for Windows and for Ubuntu, so please transfer your adapter to a Windows PC to perform the update.


Another update of libCEC has just been released. You can download or upgrade your copy from packages.pulse-eight.net. This release fixes a couple of issues that were reported after the previous release:

  • wake from S3 sometimes didn’t work when used with certain brands
  • some buttons weren’t activated when switching to another source and switching back to XBMC later
  • some devices didn’t switch to the correct source after powering them up

We’ve also added two new features to XBMC:

  • XBMC will pause playback when you switch to another source, and resume playback when switching back. If you don’t like this behaviour, then you can disable this in system -> input devices -> peripherals -> CEC adapter -> pause playback when switching to another source
  • XBMC’s screensaver will be woken up when making XBMC active, so you don’t switch to a black screen.

The last update is a firmware upgrade, which will make libCEC communicate more reliably with the adapter. The upgrade is optional, but all users are advised to upgrade.

  • To update to new revision of the v2 firmware on Windows, please download and run firmware-v2-2-8-2012.exe
  • On Ubuntu, you can download and run install-xbmc.sh . Then open a terminal window, and type “sudo cec-firmware-upgrade”
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