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IR receiver on unit not working?

I have been unable to control my VR-505 with the remote control for a long time now. Eliminating all obvious possibilities such as batteries, I attempted to program my Universal remote with every Kenwood code possible and can get no response. My next effort was to install an IR receiver kit using IR emitters, connecting block and IR receiver. My first assumption was that the remote was bad, but after installing the IR kit and trying a few buttons, the IR receiver on the kit flashes when using the Kenwood factory remote. That tells me that the remote is flashing Inferred out of it. And I assume that it is just the IR receiver on the VR-505 itself. How would I fix this? My next attempt was going to be to take apart the unit and resolder the connections, but before I went that indepth, I was looking for advice. Thanks in advance.

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  • sthomas1 Dec 25, 2007

    I cannot control the receiver even with a new remote . Can you help?

  • drewincanada Dec 27, 2007

    Same problem - the receiver responds intermittently to IR signals. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Anyone have an idea?

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    I have a DIVSYS made IR receiver that won't work when attached to a nine volt battery and the test button is tapped!!!! please help!

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    remote not working for a very long time now and can't program the cable remote either. Obviously it is the receiver. What else can I do (I'm not tech savy so I need simple step by step instructions.



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It seems to be a general problem on Kenwood Receivers. Pls check this out or this
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