For transferring exercise files from my Polar heart rate monitor i use the software Protrainer 5 with an external infrared usb adapter. Using Wine to run Protrainer 5 and some adjustments mentioned here (using irda-utils) i managed to make it work.

Well, sort of: every time i want to transfer exercise files and the adapter is not plugged in i have to reboot my laptop with the usb adapter plugged in to make it work. Since i have a laptop it unfortunately is no option to just always leave the adapter in.

It seems to me that the usb adapter isn't hot pluggable (which seems odd for a usb device) or there must be another problem. Polar WebLink (other software to transfer exercise files) experiences the same issue.

Can anyone help me to fix this problem?

Infrared usb adapter: Polar IRDA USB adapter

OS: Ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit)

Hardware: Lenovo Thinkpad T500

  • Is there anyone who can help me?... Dec 20, 2012 at 9:47

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I found the answer! Restarting irda-utils does the trick. Don't ask me why, but it works...

sudo /etc/init.d/irda-utils restart

  • It's perfectly ok to accept your own answer - you solved the problem, so you deserve the internet points. If you want to automate the process, you can create an udev rule in /etc/udev/rules.d/.
    – elmicha
    Dec 31, 2012 at 21:00

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