Showstopper Remote Annoyance

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My Showstopper's remote has recently developed an annoying tendency.
Although all other buttons are responsive enough, I have found the the
"Select" button's responsiveness has deteriorated. When pressing
Select, I find that I need to aim the remote much more precisiely and
press the button quite hard.

Is this simply a case of batteries wearing out, or is it an indication
of another problem? If/when changing batteries on the remote, will I
lose any settings that I would have to re-program?

Thanks!
 
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BRH wrote:
> My Showstopper's remote has recently developed an annoying tendency.
> Although all other buttons are responsive enough, I have found the the
> "Select" button's responsiveness has deteriorated. When pressing
> Select, I find that I need to aim the remote much more precisiely and
> press the button quite hard.
>
> Is this simply a case of batteries wearing out, or is it an indication
> of another problem? If/when changing batteries on the remote, will I
> lose any settings that I would have to re-program?
>
> Thanks!
>

The button is dirty or worn out. Clean the button contacts with alcohol.
Directions on opening the remote are on the Replay forum at
www.avsforum.com and probably also on remotecentral.com.
If the contacts are worn out you can repair with Chemtronics rubber key
pad repair kit, around $10 at Digikey and elsewhere. Or you could get a
new remote on eBay or buy a universal like the all in ones or Radio
Shack models.
 

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"BRH @comcast.net>" <"bhoenig<no-spam> wrote in message
news:409EDF32.D1598EC4@comcast.net...
> My Showstopper's remote has recently developed an annoying tendency.
> Although all other buttons are responsive enough, I have found the the
> "Select" button's responsiveness has deteriorated. When pressing
> Select, I find that I need to aim the remote much more precisiely and
> press the button quite hard.
>
> Is this simply a case of batteries wearing out, or is it an indication
> of another problem? If/when changing batteries on the remote, will I
> lose any settings that I would have to re-program?
>
> Thanks!
>

It's not the battery.
The remote needs to be opened and the Select key cleaned.

Here is how to open the remote.

http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/disassemble/index.htm

The Showstopper code is not in the remotes ROM. It was
loaded into the eeprom at the factory. It's possible to lose
this code under certain conditions. The safest approach
is to build or buy a JP1 cable and save the contents of
the eeprom before attempting to open the remote. See
this site to learn how.

http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1

If you decide to proceed without doing this, remove the
batteries and let the remote sit for several hours before
doing anything else. The suspected cause of loss of
the contents of the eeprom is removing the batteries and
then pressing any key. There is still enough charge left in
a capacitor to permit the CPU in the remote to try to
process the keypress but not enough to let in complete
in most cases. The file needed to reload the remote is
available in the JP1 group on Yahoo. A JP1 cable is
required to do the reload.

Another approach is to reprogram another key to be a
select key. I copied the Select key to the Enter key
since I almost never had a need for the Enter key.

Chapter 9 here

http://www.hifi-remote.com/manuals/OEM.shtml?Replay#keymove1

describes the process.

Good luck.
 
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When changing the batteries you won't lose anything.


> My Showstopper's remote has recently developed an annoying tendency.
> Although all other buttons are responsive enough, I have found the the
> "Select" button's responsiveness has deteriorated. When pressing
> Select, I find that I need to aim the remote much more precisiely and
> press the button quite hard.
>
> Is this simply a case of batteries wearing out, or is it an indication
> of another problem? If/when changing batteries on the remote, will I
> lose any settings that I would have to re-program?
>
> Thanks!
 
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John,

I re-programmed the button according to one of the links you provided.

Thanks!

Bert



John wrote:

> "BRH @comcast.net>" <"bhoenig<no-spam> wrote in message
> news:409EDF32.D1598EC4@comcast.net...
> > My Showstopper's remote has recently developed an annoying tendency.
> > Although all other buttons are responsive enough, I have found the the
> > "Select" button's responsiveness has deteriorated. When pressing
> > Select, I find that I need to aim the remote much more precisiely and
> > press the button quite hard.
> >
> > Is this simply a case of batteries wearing out, or is it an indication
> > of another problem? If/when changing batteries on the remote, will I
> > lose any settings that I would have to re-program?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
>
> It's not the battery.
> The remote needs to be opened and the Select key cleaned.
>
> Here is how to open the remote.
>
> http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/disassemble/index.htm
>
> The Showstopper code is not in the remotes ROM. It was
> loaded into the eeprom at the factory. It's possible to lose
> this code under certain conditions. The safest approach
> is to build or buy a JP1 cable and save the contents of
> the eeprom before attempting to open the remote. See
> this site to learn how.
>
> http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1
>
> If you decide to proceed without doing this, remove the
> batteries and let the remote sit for several hours before
> doing anything else. The suspected cause of loss of
> the contents of the eeprom is removing the batteries and
> then pressing any key. There is still enough charge left in
> a capacitor to permit the CPU in the remote to try to
> process the keypress but not enough to let in complete
> in most cases. The file needed to reload the remote is
> available in the JP1 group on Yahoo. A JP1 cable is
> required to do the reload.
>
> Another approach is to reprogram another key to be a
> select key. I copied the Select key to the Enter key
> since I almost never had a need for the Enter key.
>
> Chapter 9 here
>
> http://www.hifi-remote.com/manuals/OEM.shtml?Replay#keymove1
>
> describes the process.
>
> Good luck.
 
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