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Why won't my remote work on vcr? remote works on tv.

My vcr will not respond to the remote control. I have tried just about everything! It is a Hitachi fx665. Please help it's driving me nuts!

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  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    Yes I have replaced batteries,I tried taking batteries out and presing each button on the remote,placed batts back in and still does not work.

  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    Yes I have replaced batteries,I tried taking batteries out and presing each button on the remote,placed batts back in and still does not work.

  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    OK here we go, it is a replacement remote but it's a Hitachi VT-RM665A, I haven't dropped it but I am sure it has been dropped onto the hardwood floor.Dog has his own stuff to chew on luckily,no kid,hasn't been wet.

    Thanks Chief.

  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    What I do know is one day I tried to use it and it did not work,unfortunatly I do not know if this was caused by a drop or not. Where the remote sits it has fallen from there, about a two foot drop. It worked fine the last time I used it. We don't use the vcr very often.

    Thanks Chief!

  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    OK, thanks for that info. What puzzles me is that it works for my TV, volume and channel, but not the vcr.

  • phillylou788 Oct 08, 2009

    OK, thanks for that info. What puzzles me is that it works for my TV, volume and channel, but not the vcr.

  • bulldogchief
    bulldogchief May 11, 2010

    Okay, so now I have another question. You said you know it was dropped on a hardwood floor...did the remote work at all meaning it worked then it was dropped and now it doesn't work or it has never worked at all?

  • bulldogchief
    bulldogchief May 11, 2010

    Ok, I have a series of questions for you then; some of them will sound kind of dumb but I need the answers anyway. Ready? Is this the remote that came with the VCR or is it a Universal Remote? Has the remote ever been dropped on a hard surface like tile or hardwood? Do you have a dog or cat that likes to use the remote as a chew toy? Do you have children who love to play with the remote? Has the remote ever gotten wet (like dropped in a sink, tub, pool)? Let me know, ok?

  • bulldogchief
    bulldogchief May 11, 2010

    Have you changed the batteries in the remote?

  • bulldogchief
    bulldogchief May 11, 2010

    What I do know is one day I tried to use it and it did not work,unfortunatly I do not know if this was caused by a drop or not. Where the remote sits it has fallen from there, about a two foot drop. It worked fine the last time I used it. We don't use the vcr very often. Thanks Chief! Okay, well it sounds an awful lot like the drop may have broken something inside the remote. Not sure how much detail I should include here but assuming you can understand technical jargon here goes: Remotes are built using multi-layer circuit boards. If you take the remote apart you will see the board and the rubber buttons; the function buttons are what I am talking about...they will either be individual buttons or it will be one big piece of rubber with what looks like a bunch of black dots. Those dots can conduct electricity; meaning when you push a specific button on the remote, the corresponding dot touches the circuit board and that specific path is complete. What happens then is the power from the batteries makes its way through that path to the right circuit to make the signal which is then transported to the transmitter; the transmitter is the LED looking thing attached to the board; it is an infrared transmitter that sends an infrared signal to the VCR. Okay, so, now that I have you really confused let me say this; if you take the remote apart, be careful that you keep all the parts together. With a good light and a magnifying glass, examine the board where the battery connections make with the board and look at the transmitter's connections to the board as well. You will have to look really close because the most likely scenario is the drop loosened one or more of those connections to where it is intermittent, hence, it worked fine an now it doesn't. I hope that made sense!

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Working on the tv, volume, and channel but not the vcr is a typical result of a remote being dropped. Since it works on the others but not the vcr, most likely the path on the board for the vcr is broken. Short of being a micro-miniature soldering guru you would be better off buying a new remote.

Does the VCR work fine on its own? Meaning, you can run it from the front panel and it works? Unless the VCR is acting up as well, I'd say just go get a new remote...it'd be cheaper than buying a whole new system.

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There's either something wrong with your remote or there's a fault in the VCR perhaps in the section that gets the signals. Your best bet is to get a universal remote (you can get one in cheap shop outlets such as Poundland (UK). Once you have set it up it should work the video, if you can't get it to work then it is a fault on the VCR, and if it does work it, your old remote is knackerd. You can then buy a new replacement remote. Don't order a new Hitachi remote first, as they can be expensive, plus if it's the video you would wast cash.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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    Grubhead Oct 08, 2009

    Sorry Fixya didn't show me the other comments, just the original message, so my advice is perhaps redundent.

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