I tried the point away, break the beam tricks but never was able to get the remote to work. I decided I was going to give up on the HTPC idea if this last attempt did not work. I selected manual configure tv signal, yes to remote, 3 numbers, no to press ok or enter. When it came to the manufacturer list, I scrolled through the whole list and found Verizon. Oh a whim I chose that and selected the single entry. After that my MCE remote works like a charm changing channels with the channel +/- and number buttons.