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RCA DRC8030N I have this unit. the unit seems to work. Just not with remote. I bought new remote. still does not work what could be the problem

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  • tlaka4us Aug 23, 2008

    my rca drc8030n worked fine until about a month after the worrenty was up

    and also the remote stop working with the unit

    had the remote check out and it was ok

    the unit work ok but with out the remote you cant uses the library and the program it .

    realy would like to get it working again

    once in a blue moon the remote will work but not for long

    ive even tryed unversale remote

    and the same resalts

    once in a blue moon you mite be able to work the manu

    im just not ready to give up on it yet

    would like to here any ideas on anything that mite get it working other than hitting it with a hammer

    thanks again

    when i email support at the time

    they said it could possable be the remote sencer in the unit

    but they also said sence the dismantaling of rca you cant get the part no longer

  • dhmd Dec 04, 2008

    My hard drive stopped working and will not reformat or reboot. The disc tray will also not open. I bought a replacement hard drive and tried swapping it out with the existing, however, only the "hello" text appears along with the RCA background on the tv. I do not get a menu screen and the unit still does not work. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • kmscarb Dec 31, 2008

    Remote will only work every blue moon.

    However buttons on dvr always work but of course that doesnt allow full use of dvr.

    Pressed open and play button. Unit would show format for about 5 secs then shut completely down.

    Unit not working any better.

  • bgblunt Feb 26, 2009

    I lost my original remote control. I have purchased a new RCA Universal Remote (RCR461). I need codes to setup with the DVR



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Hi. I recenlty fixed a unit with the same problem and I had to replace the motherboard. I could not get the remote to do a darn thing and the front pannel buttons would not do a thing either. Before going to the extreme, and if you still have functionality via the front pannel buttons, try to reset/format the unit. Keep in mind that this will erase everything on the hard drive. While in the main menu and with no DVD disk inside, press and hold the play and open buttons for about 7 seconds until you get the FORMAT message on the LCD. If this does nothing to leviate your problem, then replacing parts will be needed. I do have plenty of mother boards and hard drives left and would not mind selling them. Thanks.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

  • Gerson War
    Gerson War Oct 28, 2010

    I still have plenty of power boards and main boards for this unit



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