Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Blinky is a plug in for GBPVR ( where it will light up the scroll lock key (or flash it) when it’s recording a show. Useful if you have a remote keyboard receiver with the lights on it (like I have). Then you can see a recording is in progress without looking at GBPVR or the TV screen.

Downloading and Installing

The latest version of the Blinky plugin is v1.0.2 the blink.xml to the gbpvr root directory.

Once you have done this, load up the config app for GBPVR, and UNCHECK it in the plugin menu. It is not necessary for use, it doesnt have an interface anyhow.
That’s it, your scroll lock light will light up when recording.


A scroll lock light where it’s visible. :)

This plugin has been tested with GB-PVR v98.08 and above


You can customize the blinky.xml file to get some advanced features like a file that will show you what’s recording at the current time. Useful for other programs? Who knows.

blinky.xml tag Values

REFRESH is the time in miliseconds to refresh. This also controls flash so if you have this ”on” for 30000 milliseconds (30 seconds), it’s also off for 30000 seconds. Also,
for low horsepower systems every flash results in disk io and processing.
FLASH controls if you want flashing or just a steady scroll lock key light.

WRITEFILE controls if you want an output file (see what it contains below)

WRITEFILENAME controls the output path/filename for the file.

Output file will contain information on EACH show currently recording. So if you have more than 1 tuner recording you SHOULD have more than one entry in here. Since I only have 1 tuner, I can test this yet.

blinky.rec file example

# Blinky Record Status File
Currently Recording: Days of our Lives
Start Time : 10/9/2006 1:00:00 PM
End Time : 10/9/2006 2:00:00 PM
File Name : C:\Days of our Lives\Days of our Lives_20061009_13001400.mpg


This plugin is discussed in the Developers forum

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