Remote Controls not working ( Help Please )

Hi I have a Panasonic Plasma TV, a DVD Recorder, and DVD Player. Everything has worked fine, but tonight my remote controls failed to work. At first I thought is was the batteries, but still not working. Then I realized that no remote controls were working, TV-DVD-DVD Recorder.

Feels like some interference in our apartment or something ?? Anyone know what may be causing this ? Any help much appreciated.

Cheers, Zach

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Zach
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Welcome to the Twilight Zone. :P

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Alan Rutlidge

If they all went at the same time, it's something environmental within the room (or shining through windows). Not likely to be equipment fault, as you've had several failures all at the same time (and the chance of that happening is quite slim).

Have you installed a compact fluorescent light in the same room? You can't see it (the human eye slows things down too far) but they flash, or at least pulsate bright enough, and at a frequency that swamps the IR receivers of all your boxes. In effect, your TV, VCR etc are 'blinded' by the light. Yes, yes, I've read that some people have not been affected by this, but they're special cases, and just plain lucky.

Another option is that while the IR receivers are reasonably good at filtering out ambient light, they're not infallible. Have you removed curtains and are having bright sun shine on the boxes? This is a less likely possibility, but you don't mention what changes were made.

If not either of those, under what conditions does it fail? Sunlight or night or both? Lights on or off or both? What other changes where made within the room (even windows or curtains) in the day of the failure?

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John Tserkezis

Go to google type in how to test a remote

$B$I$N$G$O$ Results 1 - 10 of about 144,000,000 for how to test a remote. (0.21 seconds)

how about #1

MacGyver Tip: Test your remote's batteries with a digital camera ... Another way to test a funky remote is to use an AM radio. Just tune the radio to a station full of static, point the remote at the antenna and press the ... lifehacker.com/software/macgyver-tip/test-your-remotes-batteries-with-a-digi tal-camera-280431.php - 46k - Cached - Similar pages

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as they say "enjoy"

Feels like some interference in our apartment or something ?? Anyone know what may be causing this ? Any help much appreciated.

Cheers, Zach

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Frank

BYE the way some if you save the picture of the "violet dot" from the web site.

and apply gamma correction of 2 you can see a bloody lot more than a some dot, I used

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Current version: 4.00 , Bob Parker once told us about.

looks to me as if the picture come from a country that uses 115 Volts mains supply.

way is it not a lot of people know about gamma correction on electronic photos

$B$I$N$G$O$ Results 1 - 10 of about 144,000,000 for how to test a remote. (0.21 seconds)

how about #1

MacGyver Tip: Test your remote's batteries with a digital camera ... Another way to test a funky remote is to use an AM radio. Just tune the radio to a station full of static, point the remote at the antenna and press the ... lifehacker.com/software/macgyver-tip/test-your-remotes-batteries-with-a-digi tal-camera-280431.php - 46k - Cached - Similar pages

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as they say "enjoy"

Feels like some interference in our apartment or something ?? Anyone know what may be causing this ? Any help much appreciated.

Cheers, Zach

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Frank

Chuck out those CFLs you just put in.

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Poxy

Whats CFL's ???, anyway very wierd I went down this morning, and still the same. I moved my TV Stand forward to checkout behind tyhe mess of wires and stuff, and suddenly everything started working again. Very wierd, I still wonder what may have caused this. My wife just told me that she has had this problem before, but just short times.

I live >> Hi I have a Panasonic Plasma TV, a DVD Recorder, and DVD Player.

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Zach

It could be that one of your remotes is working continuously, possibly due to a button stuck down, and that is interfering with all the IR receivers in the room.

Just my thoughts.

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Paul

"Zach"

** Loss of AC power to the items will mean that nothing works.

Even remotes.

....... Phil

Reply to
Phil Allison

Hide all of the remotes (block the beam from them) and then try operate one at a time.

Rudolf

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Rudolf

stage fright....... ; )

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Robbo
*$* If the AC power is lost, how come his computer still works so he can make a posting here

....... Frank

"Zach"

** Loss of AC power to the items will mean that nothing works.

Even remotes.

....... Phil

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Frank

Twice I have repaired mine by replacing the ceramic crystal on the circuit board on the remote. If you drop it, the crystal breaks because it's very fragile. Open up the remote, replace the little square thing with two leads and try it out. The crystals are a fairly standard frequency and cost about a dollar. Test it by putting it near an off tuned AM radio and you should hear funny noises as you press the button. Try a the radio trick with a working remote so you know what to expect.

Dorfus

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Dorfus Dippintush

dick head why would you think the remotes are faulty when the units would not power up?

"Zach"

** Loss of AC power to the items will mean that nothing works.

Even remotes.

....... Phil

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Frank

** Lost only to the AV gear -

you steaming great Kiwi FUCKWIT !!!

..... Phil

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Phil Allison

post the answer on top if you want me to read

maybe it is not worth reading, I am not wasting my life scrolling down

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press

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Twice I have repaired mine by replacing the ceramic crystal on the circuit board on the remote. If you drop it, the crystal breaks because it's very fragile. Open up the remote, replace the little square thing with two leads and try it out. The crystals are a fairly standard frequency and cost about a dollar. Test it by putting it near an off tuned AM radio and you should hear funny noises as you press the button. Try a the radio trick with a working remote so you know what to expect.

Dorfus

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Frank

Compact Florescent Lights :-)

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Don McKenzie

did you place something infront of all your appliances? did you install a new CFL did you change / add / move something before all your remotes died?

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eddie

If the Japanese made them, they would be SCFL. ;-)

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Michael A. Terrell

your English goes to the dogs when you loose a argument mate

** Lost only to the AV gear -

you steaming great Kiwi FUCKWIT !!!

..... Phil

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Frank

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