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Remote & recorder RDR-VXD655 have different DVD command #'s.

The remote will not work with the RDR-VXD655 recorder. The remote # is RMT-D241A with some weird character after the A. Looks like a black ''R'' on silver square. When I push the ''stop'' button on the recorder I get DVD1 in the window of the recorder. I knew how to find the command mode of the recorder from an OLD manual. I don't know what the remote is set to. How can I get them both to the same DVD number? I can ''manually'' turn the recorder on & off. The TV buttons on the remote work great! But any other button on the remote I push, with the recorder on or off, ''DVD1'' comes up in the window of the recorder. I bought it at an auction on line. It was suppose to be ''open box but NEW''!! I would really appreciate some help on this. No manual came with the recorder so I have been looking to download one.

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Follow-up to the person who quoted from page 29 of the manual: Not sure if this will work w/the particular remote you have, but for the remote that ships w/RDR-VXD655 you can change the command mode in which it is operating by holding the Enter key on the remote and pressing the respective digit appearing in the LCD. In your case that means while holding the Enter key, press 1.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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Yesterday I played with my DVR, as I had the same problem. It turns out that pwmmisc is correct, but I didn't understand it at first. Anyway, I got them matched and they do work together. I had some problems with a new Cable Box that the Cable Co gave me two days prior, so I called for repairman. He installed a new box but rewired some stuff. I can't tell you exactly what he told me, but I ended up changing my DVR to DVD1, as you did, except I put myselof there by mistake. Once there, I thought I was screwed. I did "hold Enter" and hit the "1" key. That set the Command the same and at least I could use the remote to work the DVR. I still couldn't get a picture though. This is where you start playing with stuff til it works. I took the component cables off the Receiver and ran them straight from the DVR to the TV and they worked fine, giving me a picture. When I reattached to the receiver, I still could not get a picture going this way. But at least that told me that the problem was between the DVR and the Receiver. Somehow the Receiver was not getting input from the DVR. I went into the Receiver Menu to check the inputs, and ended up changing or resetting "DVR" to "DVD", and everything worked at that point. I use a Harmony Remote to drive all my components, and now that remote would not turn my DVR on and off. There may be an easier way to do this, but I reloaded my Harmony Remote through their software and told it to "Learn" the commands from my DVR Remote. There's quite a bit to reset, but probably "learned" the DVR for a half hour. Now my Harmony Remote operate all my components and I'm back to being whole again (although my DVR Screen still reads "DVD1"). But it works.
All this took me all of a day to do because I know zilch about systems and it took a lot of playing and cursing to get it to work. But I was not about to go out and buy another DVR, especially another Sony, but it's good now and the issue was not Sony (except for a stinky manual that doesn't tell you how to get out of a situation it allowed you to get into in the first place).
Although this is way late from your inquiry as I just found it yesterday looking for the same solution, but maybe it will help someone else.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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The RDR-VXD655 manual is available online at

The little black "R" on the silver square, after the RMT-D241A, is actually Sony's "iR" designation for an infrared remote.

Here is a qoute from page 29 of the Operating Instructions:
"If the command mode for the recorder has not been changed, set the command mode for the remote to the default setting of DVD3. If the command mode for the remote is changed to DVD1 or DVD2, you will be unable to operate this recorder." That may explain some of the issure you are having. I hope this helps.

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