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RM-VL900 System Control won't program anymore.

I can no longer program macros. I can use other remotes to "teach" single commands to the System Control buttons—or to other button assigned to a macro. Until now, I’ve also been able to reprogram series of commands.

This has to be my fault. Everything else is working fine. All 12 of my RM-VL900s wouldn’t go bad at the same time.

To test the macro function in its simplest form, I've reset one RM-VL900 to its factory default settings and then tried to program this simple macro: TV "ON," followed by TV "TV/VIDEO. It doesn't matter that I don't have a Sony TV set. I just want to see the TV Component button flash once for "ON" and again for "TV/VIDEO"—as I’ve always been able to get the thing to do.

I bet many people who have used RM-VL900s for more than a few functions have discovered the same thing I did first time I programmed mine. You have to finesse some programming steps. For example, when deleting a single button assigned to a given component, it may not work to follow the prescribed procedure:
1) set all the component buttons flashing and then
2) press the component button while (taking care to hold it pressed) also
3) press the button to be erased.

You may have to press and hold the component button and almost immediately release both buttons—as quickly and simultaneously as possible. Carrying out the same sequence at a normal pace may not work, even if you’re as careful as possible and repeat the procedure numerous times.

I’ve discovered other necessary tricks, variations in timing and sequence that work when the prescribed steps fail. Trying such variations, I was just now able to program a macro for one TV set on one remote. Such variations, sadly, were apparently so subtle that I can’t reproduce them on other remotes for other TVs.

It doesn’t mean I’m not missing something simple just because I’ve learned some work-arounds, almost memorized the manual, and read everything I can find on the Web about programming the RM-VL900. In the past it has been easy to program series of commands, but I need help now.

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