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Old 04-24-2014, 01:25 PM   #1
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Howto disassemble a Roamio remote

Got my Roamio basic last weekend and the IR portion of the remote does not work. After working with TiVo tech support for about an hour they are sending a replacement. They said I could do whatever I wanted with the one I have. Being a techie, I'd like to see if it could be repaired but have not found a means of getting it open without breaking it. The Roamio RF/IR remote appear to be constructed a bit different from the previous peanut remotes:
1- It does not have a screw in the battery compartment.
2- There is no obvious place to pry the two halves apart.
3- The front insert covering the buttons can be removed by pushing a small screw driver through the two small holes under where the + (positive) ends of the batteries go then prying it up with a credit card.
Unfortunately that does not seem to expose a means of separating the top and bottom halves. The 11 small rectangular holes around the edges are where the front insert snaps in and do not appear to have any other purpose.

So, anyone on the forum manage to get theirs apart without damaging it?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:46 PM   #2
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Use an 020 steel feeler gauge and press in and down (towards the bottom half) at the waist of the remote. It takes quite a bit of pressure. Once that section pops open, work you way around the rest of the sides.
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I hope you will be posting a video.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:57 AM   #4
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Or provide photos/instructions to iFixit.com.
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A;; of a sudden the direction control located at the top of the control is acting crazy and it may be because of dirt but getting it apart is nuts. Any suggestions on how to clean without taking it apart? Could this kind of behavior be due to a software update recently done by TIVO? It acts like the control is being pressed multiple times.
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