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Roamio Remote Battery Door!

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by kdmorse, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

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    This would be the 9'th tivo I have purchased and set up, and the first one that is defeating me.

    How the hell do you open the battery compartment on the remote (default that comes with a Roamio Pro)?

    The cover doesn't obviously slide one way or another. There's kinda a lip on one side you can press or pull, but I don't want to do either with too much force. And without knowing which way it goes, I don't know if I'm not pushing hard enough, or if there's a hidden latch, or.... I can't find anything in the materials that ship with it (a simple picture would help so much), or see it in any of the various unboxing videos I've skimmed.

    I'm feeling so stupid right now...

    Help?

    ;)
     
  2. poppagene

    poppagene User

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    pull
     
  3. kdmorse

    kdmorse Well-Known Member

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    Ahh, it peels open like a banana! Thanks!

    (Already have guided setup running using a different remote - now I can switch to the right one)
     
  4. moonscape

    moonscape Member

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    Ha! Now I don't feel so stupid for wrestling with it when it first arrived. At least you have more courage for asking the question. Me - I just paced around stupidly doing battle until it finally popped open!
     
  5. deoliveiraf

    deoliveiraf New Member

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    Maybe I am a little slow here, but I am almost cutting my finger on the lip portion trying to pull it down. Seems like I am applying too much force to open it. Any better advice than just "Pull".
     
  6. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    Hook your fingertip under the end with the gap, pull straight out away from the body of the remote, and it should pop open.
     
  7. telemark

    telemark New Member

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    Tivo's wording: I can't open the battery cover
    The Roamio Remote has a slightly different battery cover than previous TiVo remote controls. Instead of sliding the battery cover, place a finger in the indentation at the bottom of the battery cover. Then pull the cover out away from the remote.
     
  8. deoliveiraf

    deoliveiraf New Member

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    Thanks "L David Matheny".
    Due to my compulsive nail biting, I was able to just another tool and it popped right open.
    Thanks!!
     
  9. Balzer

    Balzer Member

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    Or you can do what I do several times a week it seems. Drop it off the arm of the couch onto the hardwood floor and the cover will conveniently pop off. As an added bonus, the batteries will usually spill out for you too. :)
     
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  10. opus472

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    Obviously, nobody should need to post this question. Tivo should have recognized that this is a different (unique?) configuration for the battery door and provided some instruction with the remote.
     
  11. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Agree. It puzzled me too. A simple little sticker saying "pull here" with an arrow is all it would take.

    Reminds me of typical shrink-wrap packaging. I wish the people who design it were forced to open it.
     
  12. wtkflhn

    wtkflhn Member

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    What I would suggest to open the remote door, would be to put a quarter under that lip, and twist it. The cover will pop right off.
     
  13. opus472

    opus472 Member

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    That'd work (I used a screwdriver). The thing is, though, without any instructions it's easy to think you might just snap off the battery door and break it. Some of them are a lot tighter than others. Once you're certain that's the proper way to remove it, it's not a problem.
     
  14. HD_Dude

    HD_Dude I Want HD in my Car

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    I also thought I was breaking it.

    It's ok, and not broken, but just sayin'.
     
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  15. seattletwodogs

    seattletwodogs New Member

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    Same issue for me today, April 29, 2017. Thanks for the post and reply which I saw while waiting for Tech Support.
    This was my third TiVo . You'd think there might be a sentence about this with the box or in the manual.
    I, too, didn't want to chance a forced opening without looking into it.
     
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Heck, dropping it just a foot or two onto the carpet seems to make the !@$# thing pop open for me.
     
  17. ClearToLand

    ClearToLand Old !*#$% Tinkerer!

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    It hurts my (old) fingers too much to pull, so I just use a small flathead screwdriver to pry it open.

    Whenever my TiVo reports the 'Battery Level' at (or near) 20%, although it still controls my TiVo, it no longer controls my TV. Also, if you own a (even a simple) Battery Tester, *ONE* of the 2 AAs is *ALWAYS* dead while the other still reads 'Good' (IIRC, the right one is the dead one, but don't hold me to it).

    When I move the left one to the right position and install a fresh AA into the left position, my TiVo now reports 80% to which I reply "Woo-Hoo!" :thumbsup:. While most folks would have just BLINDLY replaced *BOTH* cells (and granted got 100%), I replace just one, get 80% *AND* another couple of months of service. :cool:
     
  18. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

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    My suggestion? Put the remote somewhere close by and just wait. Within an hour, you will somehow knock it to the floor and the battery door will pop off and the batteries will fly out and scatter to the wind. Most confounded remote I have ever seen. I have never dropped a remote 1/10 the number of times I have these smaller peanuts in the year and a half I have had my Roamiio and Minis.
     
  19. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    So, clearly the take-away from this thread is: Rather than struggling to open the battery door, just drop the remote 2 feet onto a carpeted floor and the door will pop off and the batteries will self-remove! Very clever design feature!

    Really, this issue is down about #10 on my list of problems with TiVo.
     
  20. Meadowsong

    Meadowsong New Member

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    Oh my gosh, you guys were so helpful!!! After spending 30 minutes putting dents in my fingers trying to pry the back off my new remote, I got that coin out someone suggested and, pop, it came right off!!! Thank you, thank you!!
     
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