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Akai 19'' combo TV-DVD no longer responds to ANY remote

I have a 3+-year old (may be older) Akai combo flat panel LCD TV-DVD. I do not believe it is HD. It has a std., not widescreen, aspect ratio.  It used to respond to both its own remote and the cable box remote (the cable tech programmed it). Suddenly, it will not respond to either remote--I must turn it on with the set's on/off switch, but the cable box remote still works fine with the cable box. Changed batteries, to no avail. I have concluded that the problem must be with the Akai's remote sensor.  Given that it's old-technology, new HDTVs of comparable size are inexpensive ($400 or less for a 23" 1080p Vizio), and I have a standalone DVD player to which I can hook it up, is the remote sensor in the TV replaceable and if so, is it cost-efficient to replace?

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  • sandina Nov 17, 2008

    All the buttons on the front panel of the TV work just fine. It's just that the TV will not respond to its own or the RCN Cable (in TV or "all" mode) universal remotes (both have fresh batteries and clean infrared transmitter windows). I figured that the fault must therefore lie in the TV's infrared sensor rather than in either remote, and that purchasing and programming yet another remote would be a waste of time and money.

  • sandina Nov 17, 2008

    Hi, Benimur,

    I very rarely consider DIY on solid-state products beyond replacing the fuses or rewiring the jacks on my guitar amps. In my hands, a soldering iron becomes a lethal weapon. It is enough of a miracle (and my friends and family, who are thrown by a VCR's display flashing "12:00," consider me a genius) that I can plug cables into the correct jacks and ports and install my own RAM. Any idea (ballpark) what the labor costs might be for troubleshooting the electronics associated with the sensor? Am I correct in assuming that I might as well purchase an HDTV of comparable screen size? (I suspect that even though the Akai is a flat-panel LCD, it probably still has an analog tuner).


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Yeah it better to replace it. you will definatly enjoy the lattest technology although some expences are involved but go for new one...

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Hi,

That may be so as you suspected but let's try something basic first. Pls try tapping or snap at with your fingernail any and all the buttons of the control panel (not the remote). This is just in case a button got stuck.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Nov 17, 2008

    Hi again,

    Appreciate the quick postback and the feedback on the buttons. Although it is rare for the TV sensor to go bad, I am more tempted to think that the interface/electronics after the sensor is bad. Its function is convert the signals received by the remote sensor into functions of the TV; volume, channel etc. Still, the most economical approach would be to consider a DIY (do-it-yourself). Pursuing repairs this way would only incur expenses on the acquisition of the replacement part. Should you seek the services of a qualified professional, then the bulk of the repair cost would be the service charge.

    Your thoughts pls? Are you considering a DIY?


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    Louie Role Nov 18, 2008

    From what I have learned of the service fees tech charges in your country, it would probably be to your advantage to purchase a new TV and relegate the Akai combo as a kitchen/back-up TV. Most models of the big name brands would serve the purpose just that pls don't get a combo.

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Yes it is but u will require a proper technician with proper knowledge to do this.

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  • fixyy Nov 17, 2008

    also in the remote where u insert the batteries there are two sensors in it to which the battery gets touched so it works.but if that sensor is slightly bend or gor any dust collected on it try cleaning that sensor and then check many times it works.

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