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Re: Vizio 47" remote
If your manual buttons on the set do not work, then I would return the set. If they do work then contact the store on where to get a warranty replacement remote, or just go back to the store with the remote and see if it works on another Vizio.
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Look at your remote and there should be a menu button. Once in the menu you will see a screen section that will let you select between 4:3, 16:9..... Toggle through those until you find the one that works with your tv.
Also there may be a button on your remote that looks like a box with an arrow pointing left and right. Click on that and it will toggle through the same thing mentioned above
I had the same problem. My vizio remote for my 42 inch 2 month old vizio also seemed to stop working. Here's what I did: My vizio remote (like most remote's nowadays) was designed for multiple components (tv, dvd, vcr, etc). All you need to do to make the remote work again is set it back to tv. Now, the confusing thing about vizio remotes is that they actually have TWO places where you can switch the remote to the appliance you want to control. One is on top of the remote, the other is on the BOTTOM. Switch it back to TV using the BOTTOM. My remote had stopped working because I had inadvently switched it to another component on the BOTTOM component switch.
I contacted Vizio the other day. They tell me that they use the same generic codes as LG. I have Suddenlink Cable, formerly Charter, so I still use the Charter remote. My remote only needed 3 digits and I have noticed that many need 4 or 5. I can tell you that the LG code worked for my tv. I can power on/off, volume, and change the channel. All other functions require the manufacture's remote. The code I used is 005. There was also 004 but that did not work on my tv. Hope this helps someone!