Bluetooth Remote

This tutorial explains how to create a HardWare DataBase configuration file (.hwdb), and add the information from this file to the device's Hardware Database.

The Hardware Database is a key-value store for associating modalias-like keys to udev-property-like values. It is used primarily by udev to add the relevant properties to matching devices, but it can also be queried directly.

Apply this method when encountering a Bluetooth Remote with a non-responsive or erratic OK button

For this tutorial, an NVIDIA SHIELD Remote P3700 has been paired with a Khadas VIM4 SBC.


  • install the System Tools package from the CoreELEC Repository:

Pair the remote

  • use an alternate input device (keyboard, mouse,…) to pair the Bluetooth remote:

Stop Kodi

  • SSH into the device:

  • execute:

systemctl stop kodi

  • execute:

cat /proc/bus/input/devices

and find the entry for the paired Bluetooth remote:

I: Bus=0005 Vendor=0955 Product=7217 Version=0002
N: Name="NVIDIA SHIELD Remote"
P: Phys=20:50:e7:7c:6c:6f
S: Sysfs=/devices/virtual/misc/uhid/0005:0955:7217.0005/input/input9
U: Uniq=a4:c1:38:d2:a6:03
H: Handlers=kbd event9
B: EV=1b
B: KEY=200 2 0 0 0 0 2010000 1110 40000800 1c1680 0 0 0
B: ABS=100 0
B: MSC=10
I contains following device information:
Bus Vendor Product Version
0005 0955 7217 0002

This translates to following device code: b0005v0955p7217*

The version number is represented by an asterisk (wildcard), allowing for compatibility between different versions of the same device

The Bus, Vendor, Product and Version values are hexadecimal and require to be entered in uppercase (eq: b0005v2B54p1600*)

N contains the remote name NVIDIA SHIELD Remote
S contains the event handler …/input/input9
c0041 code for OK Button
  • execute:

evtest /dev/input/eventX

where X is the event handler

Input driver version is 1.0.1
Input device ID: bus 0x5 vendor 0x955 product 0x7217 version 0x2
Input device name: "NVIDIA SHIELD Remote"
Supported events:
  Event type 0 (EV_SYN)
  Event type 1 (EV_KEY)
    Event code 103 (KEY_UP)
    Event code 105 (KEY_LEFT)
    Event code 106 (KEY_RIGHT)
    Event code 108 (KEY_DOWN)
    Event code 114 (KEY_VOLUMEDOWN)
    Event code 115 (KEY_VOLUMEUP)
    Event code 116 (KEY_POWER)
    Event code 139 (KEY_MENU)
    Event code 158 (KEY_BACK)
    Event code 164 (KEY_PLAYPAUSE)
    Event code 168 (KEY_REWIND)
    Event code 172 (KEY_HOMEPAGE)
    Event code 208 (KEY_FASTFORWARD)
    Event code 217 (KEY_SEARCH)
    Event code 353 (KEY_SELECT)
    Event code 393 (KEY_VIDEO)
  Event type 3 (EV_ABS)
    Event code 40 (ABS_MISC)
      Value      0
      Min        0
      Max        1
  Event type 4 (EV_MSC)
    Event code 4 (MSC_SCAN)
  • press the remotes OK button

if the correct handler was selected in evtest, there should be feedback:

Testing ... (interrupt to exit)
Event: time 1662152630.222944, type 4 (EV_MSC), code 4 (MSC_SCAN), value c0041
Event: time 1662152630.222944, type 1 (EV_KEY), code 353 (KEY_SELECT), value 1
Event: time 1662152630.222944, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------
Event: time 1662152630.421979, type 3 (EV_ABS), code 40 (ABS_MISC), value 1
Event: time 1662152630.421979, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------
Event: time 1662152630.446975, type 4 (EV_MSC), code 4 (MSC_SCAN), value c0041
Event: time 1662152630.446975, type 1 (EV_KEY), code 353 (KEY_SELECT), value 0
Event: time 1662152630.446975, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------

NOTE: some remotes have multiple entries. If there is no feedback, try a different handler.

  • go to the configuration folder:

cd /storage/.config/hwdb.d/

  • create a hardware database file (format: myfile.hwdb):

nano nvidia.hwdb

  • enter:

NOTE: the leading space before KEYBOARD_KEY is required.

  • save file and exit nano:



  • execute:

udevadm hwdb --update

udevadm trigger -s input

NOTE: if the above commands throw an error, it is usually because of a wrongly formatted or corrupt .hwdb file.

  • execute:


After the device has rebooted, the Bluetooth remote should function correctly.

Map extra functions

This method also can be used to map functions to unused buttons, or remap button functions entirely.

The following addition brings up Player Process Info when pressing the Netflix button:


Remotes Repository

The Repository for Amlogic and MesonIR hosts Bluetooth .hwdb configuration files, which can be used for reference.


hwdb(7) - Linux manual page