How in the heck do you program the remote I have been trying for two hours with no success. Please help.
In what way are you trying to program the remote?
1) Are you trying to add other equipment to your OEM Pioneer remote such as TV, DVD, Etc... which is discussed on page 54 of the OP Manual.
2) Are you trying to change or Set the Code that the OEM Remote Communicates with the receiver?
Here is the deal with the second question of the remote's actual communication with the receiver, both the remote and the receiver need to be set to the the same number.
The Default is number 1 but one time somehow my receiver went to # 3 and the remote did not want to work with my VSX 1020,
because the remote was on # 1 and my VSX 1020 was on # 3. Total mis-match and the remote did nothing.
I called Pioneer and the Support rep told me to go through the R setup on the remote, BUT each time starting at # 1 check if remote works, if not do it again and use # 2 etc...etc...
until the remote finally works with the receiver.
It was during this process that I put in 3 and Bam my remote worked perfectly with my VSX 1020.
Once the two are talking again you can either go into setup in the receiver and change it back to 1 and then do your remote one more time also to 1, or just leave it alone.
If you leave it alone though, just remember the number in your receiver.
I also wonder if your OEM Remotes batteries go dead if the remote will revert back to Code 1 and your receiver is still on a different number.
You replace the batteries and your remote does not want to work with the receiver. Just a thought.
I bought a Logitech 650 Universal remote (Which I highly recommend a Universal be it the 650 or another) and after programming the remote on-line,
it would not work with my VSX 1020.
I figured it out though, it was that same mis-match because my receiver was still on the # 3, so I used my OEM remote to go into Setup in my VSX 1020 and I changed the remote code back to it's default of 1 and then my Logitech 650 worked perfectly with my VSX 1020.
This was because the Logitech 650 was pre-programmed for my receiver's default remote code of 1.
I hope that this helps you out..