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Vizio 50 inch plasma -- remote not working

I changed the battery (bought new TV 2 months ago) but it still doesn't work. The TV set works fine if I manually turn on / off. Any idea what's going on?

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  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    Vizio VW42L is not responding to any remotes usually the cable remote shuts off the tv but neither remotes commands are working.

  • coandy Apr 27, 2008

    my vizio 47 inch plasma works intermittently and sometimes doesn't work at all. I tried switching of the TV and trying it again. Sometimes it work sometime doesn't.

  • at26 Mar 09, 2009

    In my case i dont think is the remote, because i have 2 other remotes  that  always work good with this TV, and non of them are working at this time. There's something wrong "inside the box".  Any Idea of what to do?

  • blue4_u2 May 12, 2009

    My vizio 22' is 6 months old, my problem is the remote,it works when it feels like it, when i use it, it work for a short time, but next moment it's acting crazy, when i push the vol, the channel may change, when i push the channel button the vol display will appear. but wont go up or down. and when i try to turn it off, it wont go off.

  • mmacys5 May 18, 2009

    Same problem... TV does not respond to remote at all.

  • garbear_99 May 01, 2014

    i have recently been the recipritant of the same problem with the remote. I have since, while trying to fix that problem, I ended up setting the tv in store demo mode. After hours on the phone with VIZIO and one of their outsource repair contractors, I took the remote to BEst Buy and found the remote was fine. So at this point looking at a IR sensor needs replacing to fix the remote problem, I hope that I can re-set the set to home mode.. smh..

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2017

    Your idea worked like a charm.



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You can also try to take out the batteries and push all of the buttons with the batteries out of the remote. Then put the batteries back in and push the power button on the remote. If this doesnt work press the two TV buttons at the same time and the remote should be fine.

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  • ROBERT BARTOLOTTA Sep 15, 2017

    Thanks to sChadwell for his resourceful help. I took the batteries out of the remotes and pressed all of the buttons up and down and VIOLA!, everything worked liked normal. I work in electronics and remember years ago that Microprocessors have little nervous break downs and that, If you unplug and go over the controls of what ever it is you are try to fix;THIS IDEA WORKS!!!!Thanks for your input as you reminded me of something I had forgotten Years ago.


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Our Vizio remote control quit working properly - only certain buttons would work. I replaced the batteries and nothing changed. My husband took the batteries out completely and left them out overnight. When he put the batteries back in the remote control was back to its old self and has been working fine ever since. Try this.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009


Reset the remote control and the TV at the same time and this may work. Step 1; First unplug the TV from the wall/surge protector. Wait 5 Min. while your wait here is step 2; You take the batteries out of the remote>then press down on every button 2 Times>replace the batteries in the remote, after the 5min. go ahead and plug the TV in and try it again. If this does not work then you need a new remote control.

Posted on Sep 22, 2007

I have the same problem. Is it interesting to have a good tv with bad remote?

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SOURCE: my vizio 50 inch plasma tv will not turn on. what

Tries unplug,replug about an hour,see if it reset itself.Not than must replaced the signal tuner board.Plasma have this problems alot.

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