Consumer IR - Learning Mode

Dear Experts,

I have a PDA with a consumer IR capable beam. Read an article about using 115 baud 7-bit w/ stop bit and no parity and the famous value

0x5B to replicate 3x the frequency modulation of common remote controls. They also do some manchester coding and have some timing gaps that are specific to their brand. My brand, JVC, seems to use a different gap for the wait states (AKA silent states).

This led me to think, how can I go about learning the code of another device. So I took their sample code, flipped it around, looped tightly on reading the IR Port, and took account of how many bytes could be read before blocking. Most of the bytes were the famous 0x5b, however in some there was the 0x7b.

I don't understand the topic of frequency modulation well enough to figure out where to go from here and wanted to solicit advise. In short, I want to learn basic remote commands from a remote control via a software on my PDA by reading the IR Comm port. Once I compile the data, I'd like to play it back. My first attempt of the tight loop dumped an array of number of reads and time between the reads, but when I went to play it back it did not operate the TV in the way I was expecting. This means something in my procedure, assumptions, or both is incorrect. Anyone have background here that could explain the procedure from reading the IR Port when a remote is aimed at it with a button pressed to learning the code and timings and then playing back with IR Port writes?

Thank you!

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