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December 11, 2012
Got this Polar pulse watch (RS800CX) a while back. With it came the ProTraniner 5 software – not particularly “Linux-friendly” I’m afraid… However, it works fine under wine. To download the data from the watch and sync it with my ProTrainer diary, I had to get the IrDA USB-dongle working. After browsing through various how-to threads, gathering bits and pieces from here and there, I got it working! Since I wasn’t able to find an easy guide out there, I decided to write one myself:
Install Polar ProTrainer 5 under wine.
Open the program and try connecting your gear (the watch). I use an USB irDA dongle.
Get the IrDA dongle working in Ubuntu
This one has been a bit tricky, but following a couple of Ubuntu threads I landed on this approach
sudo apt-get install irda-utils# please be careful, as you are now root
lsmod | grep irda
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/irda-utils.conf# please be careful, as you are now root
mcs7780(mcs7780 in my case) at the end, after #alias irda0
sudo gedit /etc/default/irda-utils# please be careful, as you are now root
Problems with the IrDA?
If you’ve disconnected the dongle, and the IrDA doesn’t work when you reconnect it (*red flashes*), you’ll probably get there by opening a terminal window and typing
sudo irattach irda0 -s
You should now be able to connect your watch and sync it with the Polar ProTrainer5 software. Get out there, get your heart racing, and have fun!