# Sylvania remote or tv problem

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#### Jim Elbrecht

Jan 1, 1970
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My 80yr old parents have a Sylvania SRT2227s that quit responding to
the remote. [first a couple buttons- then all of them]

They've bought 2 universal remotes and couldn't get either to work.
[My sister and brother tried, too- both good 'direction followers'.]

So as I was leaving their house yesterday after snow-blowing their
driveway all day, mom asks if I can get them a new remote that just
controls the TV. I asked if she was sure it wasn't the TV's
problem and not the remote, and she isn't.

So I figure the first thing I should do is try this remote on another
TV. [especially when I see that a simple remote is $30] I don't see any numbers on it but it is the remote that came with this TV in 2002. It does say Sylvania on it. Bought at Sears, if that changes anything. Before I bother my TV repair guy with this one, is there a list of what TV's this remote should control-- or some way to determine if it is the remote or the TV- when the TV is an hour away? Thanks Jim M #### Meat Plow Jan 1, 1970 0 My 80yr old parents have a Sylvania SRT2227s that quit responding to the remote. [first a couple buttons- then all of them] They've bought 2 universal remotes and couldn't get either to work. [My sister and brother tried, too- both good 'direction followers'.] So as I was leaving their house yesterday after snow-blowing their driveway all day, mom asks if I can get them a new remote that just controls the TV. I asked if she was sure it wasn't the TV's problem and not the remote, and she isn't. So I figure the first thing I should do is try this remote on another TV. [especially when I see that a simple remote is$30]

I don't see any numbers on it but it is the remote that came with this
TV in 2002. It does say Sylvania on it. Bought at Sears, if that
changes anything.

Before I bother my TV repair guy with this one, is there a list of
what TV's this remote should control-- or some way to determine if it
is the remote or the TV- when the TV is an hour away?

Thanks
Jim

Most new universal remotes should have the correct code for a 5 year old
TV. My educated guess would be the TV is at fault.

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#### Jim Elbrecht

Jan 1, 1970
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-snip-
Most new universal remotes should have the correct code for a 5 year old
TV. My educated guess would be the TV is at fault.

Thanks-

My guess was uneducated, but it was the same. My question was is
there some way to confirm that without the TV?

Neither of them is very mobile- mom's got a bad knee and dad just
broke his hip so it seems to me a remote would be a necessity. But
they are old school and have done without it for a couple months. ["We
only have 3 channels and don't watch that much TV. . . the volume
control would be handy sometimes. . ."]

They are also resistant to change or I'd just show up at their door
with a new 27" & tell them I'll get their old one fixed for them. If
it *is* the remote, they would rather just have a new remote.

Jim

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#### Homer J Simpson

Jan 1, 1970
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Before I bother my TV repair guy with this one, is there a list of
what TV's this remote should control-- or some way to determine if it
is the remote or the TV- when the TV is an hour away?

If you have a camcorder you can usually see the flashes by taping from the
front of it.

There are specialty stores on the web that sell remotes.

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#### Meat Plow

Jan 1, 1970
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-snip-

Thanks-

My guess was uneducated, but it was the same. My question was is
there some way to confirm that without the TV?

You can check the remote for infrared output. I have a card that glows
when infrared hits it. Or you could record it on a camcorder (look at it
through the viewer)since most are sensative to infrared.
Neither of them is very mobile- mom's got a bad knee and dad just broke
his hip so it seems to me a remote would be a necessity. But they are
old school and have done without it for a couple months. ["We only have
3 channels and don't watch that much TV. . . the volume control would be
handy sometimes. . ."]

They are also resistant to change or I'd just show up at their door with
a new 27" & tell them I'll get their old one fixed for them. If it
*is* the remote, they would rather just have a new remote.

Jim

If it is the remote, this one will have the exact replacement.

http://www.remotes.com/

1-800-remotes.

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#### [email protected]

Jan 1, 1970
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My 80yr old parents have a Sylvania SRT2227s that quit responding to
the remote. [first a couple buttons- then all of them]

This suggests that the contacts on the remote might be messed up.
Could be a combination of dirt and bodily fluids, or possibly the
contact material on the backside of the rubber keypad is wearing away.

For the first problem, you can try cleaning the keypad and the circuit
board contacts in the remote with alcohol and a Q-tip. For the second,
you can buy conductive paint to put on the keypad where the contact
material has worn off. That works for a while, then the conductive
paint wears off too - DAMHIKT.

Only other thing I ever had go wrong with a remote was a solder joint.
Dropped a remote and it stopped working. Opened it up and looked
around. Turned out whoever put it together had clipped the leads of
the crystal very short before they soldered it in - the shock of
dropping the remote was just enough to break the connection.
Resoldered the crystal and it worked again.

If I couldn't get the remote to work after trying those 2 or 3 things,
I think I would bite the bullet and order a direct replacement remote
from the manufacturer. Which is exactly what I did with a JVC remote a
couple of years ago, after cleaning several times and recoating the
keypad failed to improve it's performance for very long.

Jerry

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#### William R. Walsh

Jan 1, 1970
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Hi!
Before I bother my TV repair guy with this one, is there a list of
what TV's this remote should control-- or some way to determine if it
is the remote or the TV- when the TV is an hour away?

As others have suggested, many video cameras are sensitive to IR. I have a
digital still camera that is also sensitive to IR in the "night" or slow
shutter mode. While this will confirm that the remote is emitting something,
it won't tell you if the remote is emitting anything sensible. Your
mentioning that some buttons failed before the whole thing quit makes me
think that the remote is to blame.

As for your universal remote problems, I have a Magnavox table TV that has
only ever worked properly with its factory remote (not even a learning
remote could fool it) and a Kyocera DA-610 CD player that no universal
remote has ever been able to control.

I could think of two things offhand. First, look at the back of the TV and
see if there is an FCC ID number printed on the back. This will tell you who
made the set. You might then be able to cross reference and find another set
that would be compatible for test purposes.

Secondly, try taking the remote to a store where TV sets are sold. If the TV
that goes with this remote isn't terribly old, you might find that another
set will respond to its remote.

Finally, try a few different brands of universal remote.

William

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#### Homer J Simpson

Jan 1, 1970
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As for your universal remote problems, I have a Magnavox table TV that has
only ever worked properly with its factory remote (not even a learning
remote could fool it) and a Kyocera DA-610 CD player that no universal
remote has ever been able to control.

ISTR there is a project for Linux to compile all known IR code sequences.

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#### Unique

Jan 1, 1970
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My 80yr old parents have a Sylvania SRT2227s that quit responding to
the remote. [first a couple buttons- then all of them]

They've bought 2 universal remotes and couldn't get either to work.
[My sister and brother tried, too- both good 'direction followers'.]

So as I was leaving their house yesterday after snow-blowing their
driveway all day, mom asks if I can get them a new remote that just
controls the TV. I asked if she was sure it wasn't the TV's
problem and not the remote, and she isn't.

So I figure the first thing I should do is try this remote on another
TV. [especially when I see that a simple remote is \$30]

I don't see any numbers on it but it is the remote that came with this
TV in 2002. It does say Sylvania on it. Bought at Sears, if that
changes anything.

Before I bother my TV repair guy with this one, is there a list of
what TV's this remote should control-- or some way to determine if it
is the remote or the TV- when the TV is an hour away?

Thanks
Jim

http://www.replacementremotes.com/store/index.cfm

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#### Jim Elbrecht

Jan 1, 1970
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-snip-

Darn- I already ordered one- but this site has them a bit cheaper.
[OTOH- their web designer needs to go to KISS school]

Thanks for the link for future reference.

Jim

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#### jonpi

Jan 1, 1970
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I had a Sears Sylvania with a similar remote won't work problem...might
have been the same model...the problem was in the set...I gave up trying
after going so far as checking the IR pickup from the set...it worked
fine but something deeper in was gone and not worth trying to find or
fix for me....i checked the pickup out of the set by putting power to it
and observing the output with my scope

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