I got my remote control working last night thanks to your clear instructions. My remote also uses the lirc_mceusb2. I only made a couple of changes in your procedure based on what I had found in my investigation. I wrote about what I did here:http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=3049.0
As I said, I don't doubt that you got your remote working and I specially appreciate your posting the instructions. They were very helpful to me. Thank you. Assuming that your remote is the same as mine (SMK receiver, RC6 transmitter), I just can't understand how the 0.8.2pre2 version, which was dated May 2007, can work with the SMK receiver, if support for it was not implemented into lirc until June 29, 2007.
I guess the only logical answer is that you do not have the SMK receiver as I do.