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  1. Zach

    Zach Guest

    Hi I have a Panasonic Plasma TV, a DVD Recorder, and DVD Player.
    Everything has worked fine, but tonight my remote controls failed to work.
    At first I thought is was the batteries, but still not working.
    Then I realized that no remote controls were working, TV-DVD-DVD Recorder.

    Feels like some interference in our apartment or something ??
    Anyone know what may be causing this ?
    Any help much appreciated.

    Cheers, Zach
  2. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. :p
  3. If they all went at the same time, it's something environmental within the
    room (or shining through windows). Not likely to be equipment fault, as
    you've had several failures all at the same time (and the chance of that
    happening is quite slim).

    Have you installed a compact fluorescent light in the same room?
    You can't see it (the human eye slows things down too far) but they flash,
    or at least pulsate bright enough, and at a frequency that swamps the IR
    receivers of all your boxes.
    In effect, your TV, VCR etc are 'blinded' by the light.
    Yes, yes, I've read that some people have not been affected by this, but
    they're special cases, and just plain lucky.

    Another option is that while the IR receivers are reasonably good at
    filtering out ambient light, they're not infallible. Have you removed
    curtains and are having bright sun shine on the boxes?
    This is a less likely possibility, but you don't mention what changes were made.

    If not either of those, under what conditions does it fail?
    Sunlight or night or both?
    Lights on or off or both?
    What other changes where made within the room (even windows or curtains) in
    the day of the failure?
  4. Poxy

    Poxy Guest

    Chuck out those CFLs you just put in.
  5. Zach

    Zach Guest

    Whats CFL's ???, anyway very wierd I went down this morning, and still the
    I moved my TV Stand forward to checkout behind tyhe mess of wires and stuff,
    and suddenly everything started working again.
    Very wierd, I still wonder what may have caused this.
    My wife just told me that she has had this problem before, but just short

    I live in an apartment, could it have been something in my nextdoor
    neighbours unit causing this ???
    But anyway just again what are CFL's ?? as if I have them i will get rid of

    Thanks kindly.
  6. Paul

    Paul Guest

    It could be that one of your remotes is working continuously, possibly
    due to a button stuck down, and that is interfering with all the IR
    receivers in the room.

    Just my thoughts.
  7. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    ** Loss of AC power to the items will mean that nothing works.

    Even remotes.

    ........ Phil
  8. Robbo

    Robbo Guest

    stage fright....... ; )
  9. Twice I have repaired mine by replacing the ceramic crystal on the
    circuit board on the remote. If you drop it, the crystal breaks because
    it's very fragile. Open up the remote, replace the little square thing
    with two leads and try it out. The crystals are a fairly standard
    frequency and cost about a dollar. Test it by putting it near an off
    tuned AM radio and you should hear funny noises as you press the button.
    Try a the radio trick with a working remote so you know what to expect.

  10. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    ** Lost only to the AV gear -

    you steaming great Kiwi FUCKWIT !!!

    ...... Phil
  11. eddie

    eddie Guest

    did you place something infront of all your appliances?
    did you install a new CFL
    did you change / add / move something before all your remotes died?
  12. Brian g

    Brian g Guest

    your English goes to the dogs when you loose a argument mate

    ****Er,so does yours,from both a grammar and spelling viewpoint!!

    Brian G.
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