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Kenwood VR-207 Receiver

I have a VR-207 that seems to non responsive to its own remote. Is there a simple way to fix this or reset the system board?

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    Ken Johnston Apr 13, 2007

    I took the power off of the Kenwood receiver and the remote worked for one or two clicks of the remote power it up, torn it off, change the source, watch tv for an hour or so and then go back to turn it off and no responce!!!
    I feel that your ideas worked well but the rest of this problem may be due to something else, woud there be some other type of thing that would cause the intermitant, time related problem??



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You will first need to check the remote control for the unit. Point the remote at a video camera and see if you see the remote light up. If it does try first to UNPLUG the unit for at least a couple of hours. If that as well does not work, you will need to have the unit serviced, as it may have a bad remote sensor on the front board or the microprocessor is No good. Depending on how old this unit is, it may not be worth repairing. Good Luck

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