When I stand infront of the receiver in the clost it works with the remote, but when I go out in the main living room and press the button, the electronic eye does not get picked up by the tv and transmit the rw to the closet and change the chanel,
it was working earlier in the day then something happened?
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Go to TV Parts Universal TV Stands DLP Chips ShopJimmy to see if they have a replacement remote. If not then get a logitek Harmony remote control. It will operate every component you have that needs a remote. It will never go obsolete or not have the right codes either. It gets it's programming from their website.
First of all have you replaced the battery in the remote? They do need replacing every so often. Some times remotes do wear out and will not work then you have to get a replacement.Is there any thing covering the front of your unit you are operating. If you cover the electronic eye your remote will not work and also make sure the electronic eye on your remote is clean and clear.
Best bet would be to call the company that installed the direct tv system and ask them if there is any way to run the system with another code from the remote than it had now. You probably won't be the first with this problem so they will probably already have a solution ready. Only problem with that being that if both the receiver and direct tv system work on RF frequencies instead of IR lights like normal TV remotes, then it will require to use a different frequency to operate and will require a technician to come to your home and they might charge for that. If all else fails you can always try to isolate the optical eye of the receiver if it does work with IR lights to blind it from the remote. But doing so will also blind it from its own remote and you might have to resolve to operating the receiver by hand. If it woks in RF, then if your lucky enough taking the antenna for the remote off of the receiver will shorten its range and might just be enough for it not to respond to the direct tv remote. It will still work with it's own remote though, but having no antenna you will need to get closer to the receiver.
I did read through your comments, I am only going to offer advice to your original question. I have a great deal of experience in these matters and am confident you can repair the device, solving all your problems. Your remote will most probably be repairable. There are only a couple of things that normally stop a remote from working. Most have been mentioned already across the various posts. To summarise then in order of probability:
faulty batteries or battery connections.... Cleaning the terminals with an finger nail emery board,then a spray with contact lube spray such as CRC 2-26
moisture or contaminants on the switch contact PCB(black carbon etchings) forcing more than one button to be "jammed on" See this TIP I have written. Also has details on how to get the remote apart.
dry/cracked solder joints to the infra-red LED. Resolder the connections to the PCB.
Faulty or dry jointed ceramic resonator resolder first, they dry joint alot. If still no luck, replace the device with the exact same type. Contact me with the markings on it and I can provide you with information to source it.
faulty IR LED.
cracked PCB. Not repairable, you may be able to get a replacement PCB from Pioneer.
I have repaired hundreds of remotes over the years, and was a Key Service Agent for Pioneer for 12 years. If you are interested in repairing the remote, check out the TIP I wrote on how to get into the device, then go through the list above, then post back to me your findings. I am sure we can get to the bottom of it.
If you can find old Handspring Visor or Palm III Pda ( usually5-20 dollars in trift stores/pawn shops/used gear shoppes ) there is/was a program for it called "omniremote" ( and perhaps others ) that you could draw the outlay of the particular remote and copy the IR-signals from a working remote, so if you could get those 2 ( one of the 2 PDAs , the program ) and borrow a working remote from someone, you could then record and rescue your remoting ability with the PDA. IT is usually good idea to "capture" any particular remote with this kin of setup before they die or get lost. DId this with my TV remote, and once the TV remote died, I could pull the PDA-omniremote recorded out and contiue using the TV like nothing happened. Just a thought,
Point the remote at a digital video camera to see if you can see the small blue infared light comming from the end of the remote when you aim it at the camera and press a button. if you do see the light then your receiver has a system control problem I'm afraid. You see your eyes cannot see the infared light but the camera optics can. Good Luck
Your problem could be as simple as a cold solder connection on or between the remote "eye" sensor and the microprocessor. it also could be an intermittant Eye sensor assy. The real only way to trouble shoot this problem would be with an osilliscope. You would monitor the waveform comming out of the sensor while its working and see whats it looks like when its not working. if its good all the time comming out of the sensor , then its a rare thing but could be an intermittant microprocessor as well/ if your not a tech theres wreally no other way i can assist you in this repair as its a waveform kinda thing. call the manufacturer in your owners manual, Or try this # 1-800-KENWOOD Good Luck