Steady Amber Light On Regular Remote SOLVED
I dropped my remote and then when I used it the amber light on top of the TiVo button remained on for about a minute and the TiVo box yellow circle flashed, but the box did not respond to any command, even to turn off the TV or change the volume.
I checked the manual and there was nothing regarding the light staying on for a minute with no response. Instead it said if the TiVo did not respond to the remote I should power cycle the box. But the signal was fine and the yellow circle (beside the green circle) on the box did blink every time I pressed a button on the remote. I changed the batteries, thinking it was a low battery thing. Same behavior.
Again, NO MENTION of this behavior in the user manual.
In the online forums the responses to the a steady amber light on the remote suggested a broken remote (seems to happen a lot with the Slide?) that had to be replaced. One post suggested a broken solder, so I went to look at the remote to find out how I could open it and try to find the broken solder and possibly repair it.
In the course of examining the remote I noticed that that the Clear button was jammed down. I unjammed it and the remote control returned to working normally.
A simple fix, but given how so very important a remote is I would hope that the next version of the user manual might mention checking for a stuck button.