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How to see if your tv remote is working

A digital camera can see the IR (Infra-red) light generated by your television or any IR remote!
point the remote (with good batteries) at the digital camera and press a button. If it is working you will be able to see the flashes on the digital camera screen.
In this way you will be able to track down the cause of your remote control problem by eliminating or confirming whether the remote is dead, or if the fault is that the receiving unit (TV, vcr, dvd, etc) is not receiving or the code is wrong.

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Remote won't work but can manually operate


you do the camera tricks just to ensure if the infra red sensor of the remote is working. get a digital camera turn it on,then get the remote controller. press any button at the remote controller pointing to the digital camera, if you see a light at the display of the camera then the infra red sensor is good but if no light either the sensor is worn out or the circuit was defective.

Dec 07, 2012 | Curtis DVD1041 Player

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Hi I have samsung TV Model# LN46A650A1FXZA. Remote for this tv is not working. I tried replacing batteries, but even then it is not working. Any possible solutions????


Hi,

The problem could either be with the remote infra-red (IR) transmitter or with the TV IR receiver.


There is a simple DIY way to check whether your remote is still sending a signal to the TV. The infra-red flashes from the remote cannot be seen with the naked eye, but they ARE visble when viewed through a video camera. It's easier to do this with 2 people, but it can be done by one person with the camera in one hand and the remote in the other.

Turn the TV off and point the remote at the video camera and press several buttons. If you CAN'T see the flashes through the camera view finder, it's likely the IR transmitter in the remote is dead or there is some other major fault with the remote. the simplest thing to do here would be to replace the remote. If you can see the flashes, it's likely to be the IR receiver in the TV, but this isn't really a DIY fix.

I've used an analogue (tape) video camera for this test, but there's no reason why it wouldn't work on a digital video camera or possibly even a digital/phone camera.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
BElectric

Nov 18, 2010 | Samsung Remote Control

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remote not working changed batteries lights up but doesnt work


Use a digital camera so "see" the Infra Red (IR) beam coming from the top of the remote. Try a few known good remotes with the camera to get the hang of it, then try the suspect remote. If you don't see the light, the remote will need to be replaced. If you see the light, the problem is with the IR receiver within the TV.

Mar 15, 2010 | Proscan PS36600 36" TV

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purchased a JNC LCD television 2yrs ago remote will not work not a battery problem have tried number of diffrent batterys


Use a digital camera so "see" the Infra Red (IR) beam coming from the top of the remote. Try a few known good remotes with the camera to get the hang of it, then try the suspect remote. If you don't see the light, the remote will need to be replaced.

Mar 15, 2010 | Televison & Video

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How do I test A battery?


Connect the RED probe(+) to the Pointed side of the battery and the other probe(-) to the other side of the battery.
Also try these simple trick to find out your remote control working or not....
Point the remote control towards the Camera of a Mobile Camera phone,with the camera on. While pressing remote, we can see a light (Infra Red) coming from its IR LED through the Mobile Camera if the Remote is working.

Jan 25, 2009 | RCA Universal Remote Control

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