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|Originally posted by Rick Wilson
Check at www.remotecentral.com. They have a Home Theater Master forum as well as a Discrete Hunter forum.
I have the Yamaha 992 (but use the mx-700) and there are discretes available. There is another website (don't remember the URL) that lists extra codes found in URC remotes for specific equipment. Perhaps you can find the listing at the website listed above. Then check to see if the discrete codes are listed for your receiver for say the URC-8811. If so, they you will need to purchase that remote and program it to send the discretes and then learn them to the MX-500.
There is also another way that involves something called JP-1 programming. I've never had to go this route so I'm not very familiar with it.
For the Toshiba input problem if there really aren't any discrete codes - With the remote in TV mode Channel up or Channel down should cause the TV to reset to TV tuner. This can be added to a macro so that you will always have a known starting point. For example,
Channel down (optional - just causes the TV to always be on the last station viewed - otherwise, each time the macro is used, the TV will add a channel)
Input - Keep adding input presses necessary to get to the desired input mode.
Rest of macro as desired.
Hope this helps.