The lircd init script (/etc/init.d/lirc) sets the ir driver to exclusively use the "lirc" protocol (which forwards all IR to LIRCD?). However, if you want to use the devinput system, I had to enable "nec" protocol, and use /dev/input/by-path/ as appropriate (versus /dev/lirc0). The protocol required may vary depending on the remote you are using (or emulating in the case of a programmable remote). Search for "/sys/class/rc/" and protocols in the lirc init script.
C:\Windows\Inf(there was no existing usb.inf) and then re-insert the device.
Currently the microphone is silent, which may be a hardware issue.