Right, I've managed to break lmce, reinstall it twice, bludgeon one set of hardware into oblivion and then rebuild the machine
Took me a while, I got the remote recognised in kubuntu, using the config from pluto. I can do irw and see all the commands from the remote coming into the system.
I've added the remote as a device on my hybrid media director (using the admin website), and I can't seem to get it to do anything.
Is there a way I can check the connection? I notice in adept_manager that there is a pluto lirc wrapper, is this required?
I'll try it again I think, see what happens.
NB, this is what I just did.
* Install lirc via adept
* follow the instructions here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Install_Lirc_Feisty
* Swear a bit
* It works!