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Has anyone attempted a DIY repair? I have several buttons that have been acting up on my 880, and the current crop of universal remotes on sale are less than inspiring. I can't really see paying half of what the remote cost to fix a few buttons.
Yes, some have with apparently varying degrees of success. You will have to research the many pages of this thread or just try googling "harmony 880 self repair" or similar words.

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I'd like to cast a third vote for Harmony Remote Repair. I sent my 880 in a few months ago for some non-responsive buttons and it came back good as new with a quick turn-around time and the cost was reasonable. Good communication as well.
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Has anyone attempted a DIY repair? I have several buttons that have been acting up on my 880, and the current crop of universal remotes on sale are less than inspiring. I can't really see paying half of what the remote cost to fix a few buttons.
I just looked it up and I paid Quin at Harmony Remote Repair $35 for a bad tilt sensor and he ended up fixing some "lazy" buttons as well as basically part of the service. He also threw in a new battery cover. He takes the remote apart, inspects it and then emails you with what he thinks needs fixing and you go from there. My impression is that you will get far more than what you really feel you've paid for with him, the value is very high in other words. And the turn around time was spectacular, I mailed the remote to him on a Monday from northern California and I had the remote back in my hands that Saturday. He's based in NY.

I think I paid around $200 for my 880, maybe $180 or so, I don't really remember, but to have a few buttons cleaned/fixed should not cost too much - a tilt sensor replacement was only $35 - so in my opinion it's easily worth it to send it to him versus trying to fix it yourself.

I found this doing a search,

How to open your Harmony 880 or 890 Remote Control

to give you idea of how to open it.

Personally, I wouldn't even think twice about sending it to HRR, I would be very surprised if you ended up having a bad experience in doing so.

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Most definitely agree that current remotes are very uninspiring and also very expensive, the 880 is a real gem and worth maintaining.

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I think I paid around $200 for my 880, maybe $180 or so, I don't really remember, but to have a few buttons cleaned/fixed should not cost too much - a tilt sensor replacement was only $35 - so in my opinion it's easily worth it to send it to him versus trying to fix it yourself.
It turns out I paid a little more than I remembered. $147.34 on 10/24/2006 for a new one. I have a few "lazy" buttons. The volume + and -, the select at the center of the 4 way arrow keys, and now the play button seems to be getting unhappy. The volume + is the worst of them. My tilt sensor never worked, even brand new out of the box. I didn't care enough to return it for a replacement. I've been pretty happy with it, but figured it was time to replace it with the play button now acting up. I was a little surprised when I saw the Harmony One was suddenly $400+. I remember then being around $120-130 on the deal sites (potentially refurb'd) not too long ago.
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