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S3 + Plasma = Useless Remote?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by SLCMike, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. bocktar

    bocktar New Member

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    Lawrence,...
    :)

    They don't exactly. But...

    "The finest, most civilized way to treat your HD home theatre system."

    "Unrivaled Perfection"

    "Unbelievably Liberating"

    "No other DVR comes close."

    "Supreme Handling with the New TiVo® Series3™ Digital Media Recorder Remote"

    Maybe each of those needs some fine print, like "mileage may vary", "do not attempt", and "on a closed course".

    :)

    I'd prefer the Masserati of DVRs myself. (Or are they DMRs now? I'm confused).
     
  2. RichB

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    I am still waiting on a callback from level 2 support. I am running out of time, only 3 days left before I have to activate. I am waiting to see if they offer a replacement unit, thereby avoiding my any issues with transferring my lifetime service.

    I think this is frustrating me because other than the remote problem, I love the damn thing.

    - Rich
     
  3. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    I wonder how fast Tivo can fix this problem on their producton line to make the IR receiver more resistance to interference, without requiring the mods discussed in this thread.
     
  4. Schmidt

    Schmidt New Member

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    I have a Sharp Aquos 37" and was considering ordering an S3, UNTIL I READ ABOUT ALL THE REMOTE IR PROBLEMS. $799 plus $200 lifetime plus the cost of a Speakercraft plasma proof IR repeater, when I barely have enough technical savvy to hook up an S3 without the blinkin' Speakercraft gizmo? I've got remote-response time lag problems driving me crazy with my Comcast/Motorola DCT 3412 already without paying $1000 plus for more of the same!
     
  5. highvista

    highvista New Member

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    It is annoying to have to worry about this but, at least for me, it was easy to "patch" by taping a small square of a plastic grocery bag over the IR sensor (no onion paper handy in the house). Long-term, if Tivo doesn't fix this, I'll probably do the internal press-and-seal fix, but I'm not ready to crack the case just yet.
     
  6. RKofCAL

    RKofCAL New Member

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    I believe I too have experienced a similar problem to the one others are encountering. I have a Sharp AQUOS LC-45 LCD screen. My symptoms are a little different however (note, I've not performed any tests with the screen off). When I first got the box, the remote seemed completely unfunctional, and I performed setup using the keys on the box. I started noticing some reception to the remote after setup, and it slowly improved over time. After about an hour of intermittent response the reception improved to the point of 100% reception. It seemed almost as if the thing was waking up, and it stayed working great for the rest of the evening.

    The next evening, however, it was back to the 1-in-30 response. Once again, slowly over continued use, it improved and eventually returned to 100%.

    Last night, I received a software upgrade. I hoped this would fix the problem. Unfortunately, this morning it started as it did before, completely messed up and gradually improving with use. I called tech support, was put through the same song and dance as several have discussed, and they are sending a new remote. Oddly, they are "sure" the remote "will" fix the issue.

    My theory is they put some kind of last minute control in the box to address the issue which "trains" to the conditions in the room. When the LCD screen is off, perhaps the training entity slowly reverts to a bad spot. In any event, I will check tonight if the problem returns. If not, I'll assume the new software can maintain the setting.

    The key thing to note, the box seems to be able to combat the issue. My S3 box delivery was delayed over a week due to "shipping mix-ups" as TIVO put it, perhaps they were putting in something to combat the issue.
     
  7. RKofCAL

    RKofCAL New Member

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    Update:

    This evening the S3 box was back to being unresponsive to the remote with the LCD TV powered on. I powered off the display, and the S3 box was instantly responsive.

    As time went by, the box slowly gained the ability to receive from the remote. Perhaps the LCD monitor produces less interference as it warms up.

    I called TIVO with this information. They admit mine was not the first occurrence of this behavior, but they also state that replacing the remote was successful in one situation. Given that my old series2 remote also has the issue it seems unlikely.

    TIVO is shipping out a replacement unit. Has anyone had success with a replacement unit?
     
  8. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

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    so my posts above-

    the aquos has a setting for the backlight were it senses the ambiant light and adjusts it's brightness accordingly. So at differnt times with differnt lighting conditions the aquos will output more or less IR interference.

    Since it works sometimes- try to adjust the brightness setting manually to something lower. I think I have mine set a couple notches from the bottom to get it to work properly.
     
  9. MichaelK

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    replacement remote or replacement series3?
     
  10. RKofCAL

    RKofCAL New Member

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    Hi,

    I tried adjusting the OCD brightness, for me it had little effect.
     
  11. RKofCAL

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    Both. They immediately dispatched a remote. In my later call recognizing the relationship between monitor on/off and remote response not working/working they agreed to RMA the unit. Rather than send mine back for exchange, I'm "buying" a new unit and will be credited for the existing unit. When the remote arrives, I'll see if it improves the situation.
     
  12. RKofCAL

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    By the way, the interference from the monitor is at it worst when the monitor is powered on after being off for some time. As it heats up the interference gradually reduces. This is my experience and it is very consistent. After about an hour the interference is low enough for the IR sensor to receive the remote signals fairly well (in my case).
     
  13. bocktar

    bocktar New Member

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    Lawrence,...
    I had not had any S3 IR issues until last night when I was using my laptop in close proximity to it (approximately five feet away). It turns out that the S3 gets totally confused by whatever Windows XP is sending out the IR port every five seconds.

    It had the practical effect of making response to the remote very sluggish, sometimes missing button presses -- sometimes catching up on five or six of them all at once.

    No other device in my cabinet is affected like this.

    Just a heads up in case you're sitting next to your TiVo while typing away on the forums and beating your head against the wall about the IR issues.
     
  14. MichaelK

    MichaelK New Member

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    interesting- could be that as it heats up the bulb emits less IR I guess....
     
  15. RKofCAL

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    I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that the backlight of your laptop is the source of the interference. This may be a nice way people can test whether their S3 is sensitive or not ... it would be a pity to buy a new Plasma/LCD television later in time only to have the S3 rendered useless, with no means of getting the box repaired post warranty exchange period.
     
  16. MichaelK

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    I am under the impressiong that the brightness of the particular IR interferring source is the biggest variable not the reciever in the individual tuners. So while one laptop might set the thing off, another brand or model may not.

    If people happen to have nightshot video cameras that might be a way to check. I can turn on the nightshot on my camcorder in the picth black, THen I can turn on my LCD to an empty source to get a "black" screen. And the whole room "lights up" for the IR sensing nightshot.
     
  17. bocktar

    bocktar New Member

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    Lawrence,...
    Nah. It's definitely the IR port. If I cover it with my hand, the problem goes away.

    Dell Inspiron D820.
     
  18. andyf

    andyf Active Member

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    Houston,...
    Better yet, has anyone who sent their unit in for an exchange received a replacement unit?
     
  19. speacock

    speacock New Member

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    I have the HP LC3200n TV and I'm getting a similar problem. One night it was 4.5 minutes until it was responsive, another night it took over an hour. I have two calls into Tivo but they don't seem to have an answer yet.

    Sean
     
  20. RKofCAL

    RKofCAL New Member

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    I just tried placing my laptop right in front of the Tivo, it caused no noticeable interference.
     

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