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Re: Disassemble DirecTV remote?
There are a total of SIX screws. You have already found two in the
battery compartment. There are four more under the GREY panel on the
front of the remote. That grey panel pries out; there are two tabs on
the lower sides and one on the top, above the > button, that hold it
in. Should not be hard to get it out to reveal the four screws. Take
them all out, and the remove easily pries apart for service access.
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This is likely to be the most comon button usedvand therefore your problem could be general wear. The construction of most remote controls are pretty simple. Remove all visible screw s and batteries and pry sides apart. Buttons are usually a single layer of rubber with a conductive pad underneath that makes contact with the pcb below. Cleaning the area on the pcb where the power button makes contact and the bottom of the rubber button, will in most cases resolve your problem, was h the rubber button sheet with soapy warm water is ok. Obviously dry throughly before putting back together.
Just about all handheld remotes have a carbon pad under the button that makes contact with the bare "traces" on the printed circuit board within the remote. Over time, the use and handling of these remotes gets the carbon pads remarkably dirty from the oils on our hands so the remotes are either difficult, unreliable or quit altogether. Simple solution is to take the remote apart and clean with plain rubbing alcohol and a q-tip. Remove the batteries, and look for screws that hold the two pieces together. Manufacturers like to hide screws under labels so remember to look there. In today's world alot of things just snap together and are easy to unsnap once you get started. If this is the case, use a small flat screwdriver to begin prying the top and bottom halves apart, be patient and try not to break the clips, once you get one to pop, work your way around the remote until it separates. Remove the rubber button pad and turn it over to see the carbon pads, inspect the circuit board and note where the carbon pads touch the bare traces, if these look gummy and oily this is probably your problem. Use the alcohol and q-tips to clean all the carbon pads and traces, alcohol won't harm anything so use it to your hearts content. Dry with a soft lint free type cloth and re-assemble, install the batteries, and test the remote.
Being the most used buttons on the remote, you may very well need a new one. That said, it won't matter if you ruin this one trying to fix it. There's usually a screw in the battery compartment, but check for screw holes under stickers as well. The unit should be fairly easy to pry apart with a flat screwdriver after that by gently prying around the seam to release the snaps. Once this is accomplished, you should see that all buttons are on a big rubber pad with each button having a carbon contact at it's base. locate the channel up and volume up pads, and scrape them with a pocket knife or other sharp instrument, but don't cut them....keep the blade 90 degrees to the pad when scraping.
Reassemble the unit, and make sure you have good batteries in it.
This should fix the remote and let you use it another year or two before you have to go contact scraping again.
Quite often there is a label on the bottom and this hides a screw which holds the mouse together. If there is a label on the bottom, try rubbing your finger over it to see if you can feel a hole underneath. Also on the bottom are plastic glide pads which help the mouse to move freely. If there is a large one towards the back then it may also hide a screw. Use a thin blade to lift off the glide pad and hopefully the sticky layer will remain sticky to make it easier to put back.
Once you remove the screw from the battery compartment you will need to find a long flat iten to pry the remote open, such as a knife, metal ruler or the like. There is no way to do this without marking the sde of the remote. Simply place the pry between the two halves of the remote and gently pry. You will hear a snapping sound as their are 4 internal catches on either side. Tease it apart in more than one place along the edge. and it will eventually pop apart.
If you have the slow button problem a small circle of tin foil/aluminium paper glued to the back of the rubber pad will have your remote working good as new.
Check for and remove any screw(s) in the battery compartment. Then try gently prying the two sections apart. When seperated remember where the rubber buttons (buttons are usually one single, rubber like, pad) were seated (most the buttons will only fit one way, or you will remember where they were located just by looking at it). on the remaining cicuitboard in the other half of the casing, you will see numurous black dots, these are what the rubber buttons push to make the connection that will execute the command you are trying to give your tv. With a q-tip, slightly moist (no cleaning agents!), gently brush these black dots a few times. Gently rinse the rubber (buttons) pad under luke warm water ( no cleaning agents!) taking detail to the underside. A slight cleaning will be plenty to improve the functioning of the remote. Make sure to let the parts COMPLETELY DRY before installing them back in the remote!
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Its pretty easy to clean the inside of a remote control. Its a bit hard to open it, its mostly clip usually sometimes with a few screw, usually in the battery door if there is. Use glasse flat screwdriver to pry and split in two the box... Just lil patience, pry here and there and youll soon find the way to do it. After its open, you have to clean the rubber pad with hot water and soap and scrub it gently with a cloth. Clean the electronic side with rubbing alcohol and cloth, rub the black carbon contact a bit more... Good luck!
There are a total of SIX screws. You have already found two in the battery compartment. There are four more under the GREY panel on the front of the remote. That grey panel pries out; there are two tabs on the lower sides and one on the top, above the > button, that hold it in. Should not be hard to get it out to reveal the four screws. Take them all out, and the remove easily pries apart for service access.
remove the batterys and look for 1 to 4 screw holes. have a thin bladed knife to push in on the seam and to pry open. I start at the battery box side.. once apart you might have 1 or 2 small screws holding the curcit board down and some prongs to . Remove the srews and push the prongs to the side and pull off the board . you will be at the rubber button side. clean as much as possible. notice the inside of the buttons. you can use a pencil to draw on the inside to act as a conductor for the bad buttons that are worn