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We bought an RCA converter box, and we haven't used it in a while. We changed the batteries, unplugged and plugged the box back in...And the remote still won't control the TV or Converter box.

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Dont know if the remote is a programable remote. If it is, it may need to have codes entered or it may need to be set to operate the correct device. some remotes have buttons for TV, DVD, cable box, etc.

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