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  Reply # 1001873 9-Mar-2014 20:16
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It worked , 3.18 from the site was used. FYI i use 3.17 and keep trash folder clear with no restarts ..so far :)

Thanks guys !!!! 500 bucks saved when i really needed to !!!

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  Reply # 1001961 10-Mar-2014 07:29
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Glad you got it working. And thinking about cb1's comment, when I said I used a different firmware, yes I went back to the original unmodified firmware from the website.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1004645 13-Mar-2014 01:05
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This works sometimes only.  I have two units, Remotes from both suffered this problem.  I cleaned them twice.  The third time I sent them to Dishtv under warranty to clean.  They only lasted a few weeks.  My Sony remotes have lasted 14 years and still working !!!

The question is "Why is there oil in an electronic gadget"

My take is that they have stupidly used some conductive oil within the silicone keypad.  Once the oil starts leaking, the keypad doesn't work that well.  I will test the conductivity next time I open it.

They have replaced one remote under warranty.... I am still hassling them to replace the other one. 

With all the other problems with the 3600 and unresponsiveness from dishtv, why would you bother buying anything they import.



veryshort:
marlinz:
Tracymac: Has anyone experienced certain highly used buttons on the remote not working effectively.  I Have to press the play and fast forward buttons really hard to get them to work.

Just googled a new remote and looks like around $40 to replace.




Hi i have a MTV3600  and lately the buttons on my remote control started getting very non responsive , any suggestions ?


Are there any universal remotes that work well with magictv ?

Hi Guys I too have suffered from this problem but Im sure this fix was mentioned here on the forum but  try the following ...

over time the highly used buttons seem to develop some sort of residue build up ... simple fix gentally { and I mean gentally } remove the back cover plate to the remote ... it is held on with one screw under the battery cover { remove batteries} and four small plastic tags located around the remote .... once this plate is removed remove the PCB { printed circuit board } turn it over so you can have a good look at the non functioning buttons you will probably see a small "film"/residue build up on the solder joints give this a very good clean with a lint free cloth to remove the residue ... then take an old school rubber { eraser } and give the solder joints a good polish ... this helps clean the joint up , also remove any residue from the white plastic buttons { im sure it shows up as a black residue on the white button plate } once its all clean reassemble the remote ... I have done this a couple of times and its fixed it straight away ... hope that helps .

cheers
andrew W







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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 1004692 13-Mar-2014 09:12
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Bitfiddler: With all the other problems with the 3600 and unresponsiveness from dishtv, why would you bother buying anything they import.


Interesting, my 3600 has been a rock solid performer over the 4-5 years I've had it (new remote and random restart issues aside) and I've never had anything but great service from DishTV.

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  Reply # 1004730 13-Mar-2014 10:35
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butlerboy:
Bitfiddler: With all the other problems with the 3600 and unresponsiveness from dishtv, why would you bother buying anything they import.


Interesting, my 3600 has been a rock solid performer over the 4-5 years I've had it (new remote and random restart issues aside) and I've never had anything but great service from DishTV.


You have been lucky then.  Despite the issues I did buy a second unit purely because feature wise it was miles ahead of anything at that time.  The third unit I purchased (not Magic box) for the kids, they hate.  :-) 

For a year we had to use two remotes together as some buttons would work on one, some on the other.  And we had to take them upstairs and then back downstairs every few hours.  I received one free replacement remote, only after I hassled the directors with personal letters to their homes for 4 months.  But I needed two, and I am back to polite hassling again.  I am almost at the point where I want to take them to small claims court for a full refund of both units.  Because the new remote will only last 6-8 months anyway !!!

Maybe DishTv should just buy everyone a harmony remote  :-)

Other issues - early death of hard disks, dishtv refused to repair, so I put in 2TB in myself.  Several recordings will not play if you pause - they keep going into loops.  If you dont pause, they will play.  You have to reboot it once a week because it keeps going slower and slower. For the past few months, it reboots by itself at most annoying times, several times a week.  It misses recordings - my guess is because its just gone so slow it just cant do it.  Its amplifiers /decoders are not the best.  Five other appliances of various brands would all work fine with freeview, but magic boxes would not.  Even after I installed amplifiers just for them.  Eventually I had to install the best antenna I could buy, on the tallest pole I could get the installer to use.

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  Reply # 1004738 13-Mar-2014 10:43
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yep , changed to a harmony and never looked back  DONT spend good money on the std remote, get a harmony, it will likely replace every remote you have and automated startups are AWESOME , turns on magic , tv stereo and configures all settings with one button

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  Reply # 1004744 13-Mar-2014 10:49
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Jimmy22: yep , changed to a harmony and never looked back  DONT spend good money on the std remote, get a harmony, it will likely replace every remote you have and automated startups are AWESOME , turns on magic , tv stereo and configures all settings with one button


Thanks Jimmy, I have ordered one, if I like it, I will get another.

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  Reply # 1004920 13-Mar-2014 13:38
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You are welcome... best 60 bucks ever and 10x better http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=569461

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  Reply # 1004937 13-Mar-2014 13:50
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I use the Harmony One remote, which will control up to 15 different appliances. Other models of Harmony can control less, so do check that feature.
It's a great remote and the phone support is the best I have ever come across!

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  Reply # 1004951 13-Mar-2014 14:02
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Yep.  I have a Harmony One. (I needed something that would control 7 devices.)

It is an amazing piece of technology and I can confirm that the technical support is fantastic.

Bob.

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  Reply # 1004970 13-Mar-2014 14:21
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harmony one is no longer a current model and the 650 still is and does 8 appliances  so could be ok for your needs at 1/5th or 1/10th of the cost of the current flagship models, which i have to say are pretty cool also :)

http://www.logitech.com/en-nz/harmony-remotes 

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  Reply # 1004988 13-Mar-2014 14:48
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The Touch is the replacement for the One. Read a review of the Touch here: http://mashable.com/2012/10/03/logitech-harmony-touch-review/

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  Reply # 1005099 13-Mar-2014 17:59
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theoldfarter: The Touch is the replacement for the One. Read a review of the Touch here: http://mashable.com/2012/10/03/logitech-harmony-touch-review/


$250  is a bit pricey  :-) 

Please give us a review when you have played with it.

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  Reply # 1005221 13-Mar-2014 21:18
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Whoops... may have given the impression that I have the touch, which I do not, but would get if my One self destructed. lol

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  Reply # 1005308 14-Mar-2014 01:01
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I actually rather like the original magic remote. I've never had a problem with it but I've replaced it with a $20 Harmony (200 I think) because I wanted to control more appliances. The Harmony key layout is not as user-friendly.

For the record, I believe the oily substance is a plasticizer added to a (probably pvc) membrane to allow it to flex. It migrates over time and contaminates the contact area. Elevated temperature and pressure seem to increase its rate of migration.

One could try soaking the membrane in a solvent for a while to liberate any free plasticizer near the surface. If you don't know what the oil is, don't ingest it. It quite likely contains phthalate esters which are banned as endocrine disruptors under Europe's RoHS legislation.

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