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Magnavox CCR190AT03 - Accessing Menu without the remote

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm trying to assist a friend with an old Magnavox CCR190AT03 TV/VCR
    combo. Can't receive TV channels (all channels just display blue
    background), but can play VCR tapes.

    My inclination would be to go into the menu functions to verify the air
    vs.cable setting, re-autoprogram the channels, etc.; however the
    original remote control has been lost so I can't use it to access the
    menu functions. A generic universal remote works for the on/off and
    channel control, but its "menu" key doesn't seem to bring up the menu on
    this set. Based on a recommendation from Magnavox' customer support, I
    tried accessing the menu by pressing both the channel up/down keys
    concurrently and then tried again by pressing the volume up/down keys
    concurrently, but those combinations didn't work either.

    Is there something else I can try, short of purchasing a new OEM remote,
    to get into the TV's menu functions? I don't think I need the service
    menu, just the normal consumer operation menu.

    Thanks, in advance, for any suggestions.
     
  2. David

    David Guest

    You already know the best answer, buy the correct remote control for that
    tv/vcr combo set.

    OneForAll might be able to help if you email them with the make and model of
    the tv/vcr. Email them with your information and the model number of a
    readily available universal they sell. Then wait a few days for a response
    to see if they send you the needed extra button codes the universal might
    have. It is not real easy, but those codes can be programmed into extra
    keys.

    I think MCMelectronics sells the oem remotes for those.

    David
     
  3. Ray

    Ray Guest

    The OEM remote for this model is NoLongerAvailable per Magnavox. However,
    the set was actually made for Magnavox by Funai. Funai also made sets for
    Sears, Sylvania, Hitachi and others, so it may be possible to find a remote
    that will work. A check at Sears web site using model #CCR190AT gives remote
    P/N 483521837121(NLA) but subs to 483521931133 @ $45.00 plus tax, shipping
    and handling.
    If you know a Philips/Magnavox distributor, you may be able to get this
    remote somewhat cheaper. Magnavox has over 100 on hand.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    David and Ray, Thanks very much for taking the time to respond to my
    query. I didn't realize that universal remotes were programmable to the
    button level -- perhaps the first step might be to call the manufacturer
    of one of the remotes I already have and see if theirs can be programmed
    to get the menu button to work.

    Since the real problem was not the remote, but rather the need to get
    into the TV's setup menu, I was hoping for a way to do that without
    purchasing a new remote, but perhaps that's not possible.

    Thanks, again, for taking the time to respond!
     
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