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post #61 of 291
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Originally Posted by tvl76 View Post

Any TC30 owner figure out how to setup a favorites list or at least program specific channel numbers into the screen buttons ?

Yes it's very easy!

This is what I did to get a BBC1 button on my TC30 to control my SKY box:

In 'Devices', Set-up another 2 satillite boxes exactly the same as the one you already have. (so now you have 3 satillite boxes in total)

In 'activities - watch TV', add the extra 2 sat boxes.

Then

in 'change the behavior of the buttoms' set up an LCD button to do this...

Name an LCD button 'BBC1' (this is channel 101 on my SKY box)
satillite1 send code '1'
satillite2 send code '0'
satillite3 send code '1'

That's it!

now when you press BBC1 it will send 1 then 0 then 1....cool daddy-o.

I've set up 3 fav channels.
The ony bad part of this (boo hiss....) is that the LCD buttons appear to be limited to only 15 commands. This means if your channels are 3 digits long you can only get 5 fav channels on the LCD. Anyhow it's still very handy.
post #62 of 291
Thanks xcspeed, I'll give that a try.

Response for Fran

YES For items 1, 2 and 3
NO to Item 4,you can have "activities" shown on the LCD or "devices", but not both.
Honestly, I have not thought about that long enough to know for sure.

Terry
post #63 of 291
Just got the tc30. Used it all weekend and love it. Added page+/- to the lcd screen and we were on our way.

Now looking into some of the X10 equipment for control of the Christmas lights, and wall switches.
post #64 of 291
I've had my TC30 for a few weeks but find myself not using it. Just not really into it ... anyone want to buy mine? I've only charged it a single time ... probably still has a bar or 2 remaining.

Should be simple to clear the items ... I have all original materials but no box. PM me if you're interested ...
post #65 of 291
I am looking for a remote. are you selling
post #66 of 291
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Originally Posted by Fran O'Hern View Post

1. Can I choose which activities appear in the lcd window and the order in which they appear?

2. Can I pick what device commands appear in the lcd window when I activate an activity, and is there any limitation to what commands I can put in there or the number of them, and again, the order of them, assuming there might be more than one page of them?

3. Ditto for when I activate a device?

4. Can I mix activities and commands in the lcd screen for a specific activity, for example, when I choose the activity watch satellite, can I have page up and down buttons in the lcd screen along with an activity such as watch dvr?

Thanks in advance for the input.

Fran

1.yes
2.yes, I don't know about any limitations, but I do know my tv has 5 - 6 pages (8 commands per page) of soft commands
3.yes
4. I don't believe there is straightforward way of doing this; you might need to create some "logical device" similar to satellite and add commands (macros) simulating activities; but, first, this is unlikely scenario, because macros, usually, have commands from the same device, and, second, this is so convoluted and tedious way that it looses its usefulness.
post #67 of 291
Hey everybody, I received my TC30 last tuesday but ran into a little bit of a snag. The software CD which came with it was warped, either from the cold or just how it was packed. It was so warped that it couldn't even spin in my computers disk tray. I called the online vendor who I ordered the remote from that day and they sadi they would send me another copy of the CD. Needless to say, it still hasn't arrived yet and from my dealings with online vendors who knows when it will. Is there anyway to download the software over the internet so I don't have to sit here with a beautiful yet useless remote for another week? It shouldn't be that big of a deal, as its just software, but Harman Kardon has nothing on there website. I even tried downloading the Logitech Harmony software from their website since they are so similar, but the software couldn't recognize the remote. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #68 of 291
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Originally Posted by patcub View Post

Hey everybody, I received my TC30 last tuesday but ran into a little bit of a snag. The software CD which came with it was warped, either from the cold or just how it was packed. It was so warped that it couldn't even spin in my computers disk tray. I called the online vendor who I ordered the remote from that day and they sadi they would send me another copy of the CD. Needless to say, it still hasn't arrived yet and from my dealings with online vendors who knows when it will. Is there anyway to download the software over the internet so I don't have to sit here with a beautiful yet useless remote for another week? It shouldn't be that big of a deal, as its just software, but Harman Kardon has nothing on there website. I even tried downloading the Logitech Harmony software from their website since they are so similar, but the software couldn't recognize the remote. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Try this:
http://images.harmonyremote.com/Easy...0_5_1_4_88.exe
post #69 of 291
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Originally Posted by bakpakva View Post

Try this:
http://images.harmonyremote.com/Easy...0_5_1_4_88.exe

Thanks alot. I got it loaded and its having trouble connecting to the internet, so I'll have to mess with that but thanks for the link.
post #70 of 291
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Originally Posted by patcub View Post

Thanks alot. I got it loaded and its having trouble connecting to the internet, so I'll have to mess with that but thanks for the link.

You could have a bad unit, as I haven't had any difficulties connecting to the internet with this version of software. Make sure you load the software before ever connecting the remote to your computer. You may have to uninstall any previous version (though that may not be the case for you). You may also have a bad cable, hard to say. What errors are you getting? Does the display on the remote say that it is connected to the computer via USB?
post #71 of 291
Just got my TC30 and have it charging. I have to say that the paper heavily glued onto the LCD is the most idiotic thing I've ever seen. It was so bad that I almost returned the remote. It took me 20 mins to get it all off and I felt like I might break the screen or scratch it. Until they change that, I'll never buy another from HK.

I am replacing a Harmony 550. I log in with my Harmony userid and it takes me to the harmony login page and forces me to log in again. I can log in, but it won't communicate with my TC30. I could save a lot of time by using my current configuration. Any suggestions?
post #72 of 291
I must have gotten my TC-30 when they were still using the plastic static cover, as mine just peeled off with no glue on it. That is pretty stupid to use glue on a display and I hope they fix that in the future.

As for the login, unless there is a way you can change your device assigned to your screen name, I don't think the TC-30 will communicate. You best bet would be to call Harmony's support and see if they can change it for you on that end. Might save you some time. Other than that, you will have to go back through the wizard, which might be shorter than holding on the phone line.
post #73 of 291
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Originally Posted by eengert View Post

Just got my TC30 and have it charging. I have to say that the paper heavily glued onto the LCD is the most idiotic thing I've ever seen. It was so bad that I almost returned the remote. It took me 20 mins to get it all off and I felt like I might break the screen or scratch it. Until they change that, I'll never buy another from HK.

I am replacing a Harmony 550. I log in with my Harmony userid and it takes me to the harmony login page and forces me to log in again. I can log in, but it won't communicate with my TC30. I could save a lot of time by using my current configuration. Any suggestions?

I got my first TC30 on Nov 27 and second on Dec 4 and both had plastic static cover. Go figure.

When I login with my 670 id there is "Remote Settings" tab. This tab has "My Remote" button. After you click it you get two options: Change (remote) and "Create New Account". Tip on the right says:

"If you want to replace the remote with a new one that will control the same devices, click Change to convert your account.
If you don't want to replace the remote, but want to add a separate remote to control a new set of devices, click the Create New Account.If you want to replace the remote with a new one that will control the same devices, click Change to convert your account.
If you don't want to replace the remote, but want to add a separate remote to control a new set of devices, click the Create New Account."

I could not test it because I'm not at home right now.

This tab is not available is you run HK's version of software.

This is what I found under FAQ:

"What steps do I need to take if I am upgrading my remote to a newer model?

If you upgraded to a newer model of remote and want to transfer the configuration on your old remote to your new remote, you will need to first ensure that you are using the latest version of remote control software. You will then need to convert your account to the newer model then update your new remote with your account configuration.

To upgrade, please do the following:

1. Ensure you are using the latest version of remote control software.
1. Login to your remote control account.
2. Click the Downloads button at the top of your home page.
3. Click theSoftware button.
4. Ensure you receive the following message: "You have the latest version of the remote software."
5. If you do not have the latest version of remote control software, please upgrade to the latest version.


2. Convert your account to your newer model of remote
1. Click the Remote Settings tab on the home page.
2. Click the My Remote button.
3. Click Change.
4. Click Done once the connectivity check is complete


3. Update your account configuration on your new remote.
1. Click the Update Remote button on your home page."
post #74 of 291
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Originally Posted by eengert View Post

Just got my TC30 and have it charging. I have to say that the paper heavily glued onto the LCD is the most idiotic thing I've ever seen. It was so bad that I almost returned the remote. It took me 20 mins to get it all off and I felt like I might break the screen or scratch it. Until they change that, I'll never buy another from HK.

I am replacing a Harmony 550. I log in with my Harmony userid and it takes me to the harmony login page and forces me to log in again. I can log in, but it won't communicate with my TC30. I could save a lot of time by using my current configuration. Any suggestions?

I to had a remote with glue on it , But my wife the nurse told me to use a alcohol whip and my finger nail to remove the glue, well give one up for the medical profession it worked like a charm its clean Enough for the baby to use
post #75 of 291
I'm officially selling my TC30. See my ad here:

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/ele/249668988.html

Will ship for free to anyone not in the Seattle area. Make me an offer if you're interested.
post #76 of 291
Does this remote have any charging issues like the Harmony 880 (which I own and is causing me problems)? I may be willing to invest in this remote if I knew there weren't charging issues. Plus it appears that the shape may better using with only one hand.
post #77 of 291
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Originally Posted by pbmpharmacist View Post

Does this remote have any charging issues like the Harmony 880 (which I own and is causing me problems)? I may be willing to invest in this remote if I knew there weren't charging issues. Plus it appears that the shape may better using with only one hand.

What sort of "charging issues" are you referring to? I've had my TC30 for a week or two now and haven't had any problems with it. I have the charger base up on the fireplace mantle and have no problem placing the remote in the cradle securely and having it remain there. If you have it on a coffee table or something it could become dislodged if bumped since the fit in the cradle isn't extremely tight and secure, if that's what you mean.

As far as the shape and feel, I like it. It is fairly long, so some functions aren't exactly what I would call reachable with only one hand. But the most oft used functions are (can be). Using the number keys is not a one-handed operation. The upper-most LCD functions may also be slightly out of reach for you, but you can place those to your liking, putting the most oft-used functions at the bottom half of the screen layout. The remote is great for one-handed operation of transport functions, vol/chan functions, and menu/guide navigation.
post #78 of 291
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Originally Posted by Nitemage View Post

The remote has a tilt sensor and all of the buttons are have soft back lighting. In a dark room once you move the remote the all of the buttons are visible including play and pause.

I like others in this forum ,I also like my TC-30. The only things I don't like about it is the organization issue with the LCD previously mentioned, and that the channel buttons are made of hard plastic. The channel buttons have to be pressed much harder the rubber buttons and there is an audible click each time they are pressed. This can be annoying if you do a lot of channel surfing like me .

My 880 is probably on it's last legs so I got the 720 and returned it due to the buttong clicking issues. I'm looking at the TC 30 but now someone mentions hard buttons with clicking noises again.
post #79 of 291
I was playing with my setups this week. Using my original component remotes side by side with my TC30 and noticed a significant difference in speed. The TC30 is much slower, for example, to adjust the volume up and down and navigating through the menus.
Have any of you experimented with the speed settings ? Any advice ?
Thanks
post #80 of 291
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Originally Posted by tvl76 View Post

I was playing with my setups this week. Using my original component remotes side by side with my TC30 and noticed a significant difference in speed. The TC30 is much slower, for example, to adjust the volume up and down and navigating through the menus.
Have any of you experimented with the speed settings ? Any advice ?
Thanks

Select device in question, select "Adjust the delays(speed settings)" and play with them.
post #81 of 291
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Originally Posted by tvl76 View Post

I was playing with my setups this week. Using my original component remotes side by side with my TC30 and noticed a significant difference in speed. The TC30 is much slower, for example, to adjust the volume up and down and navigating through the menus.
Have any of you experimented with the speed settings ? Any advice ?
Thanks

Two things you can do:

1) First go into the Device options page for the device in question in the TC30 config software (Adjust the delays) and set the inter-key delay to 0. Update the remote and see what difference that made. If you're still noticing a delay, go to step 2...

2) Go into the Device options page for the device in question and go into Troubleshoot. On the first screen, select "Show me more problems" and click Next. On the second screen, select " doesn't appear to receive every command correctly" and click Next. On the third screen, select "The device responds too much to some commands (for example, volume up increases the volume too quickly)" and click Next. Now you're on a screen that allows you adjust the length of the IR signal being sent (I think that's what this does). Try setting the this to 3 or 4. Update the remote and test it out. You may have to come back to this and try several different values before you get it just right, but this should do what you want.
post #82 of 291
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Originally Posted by maximum360 View Post

My 880 is probably on it's last legs so I got the 720 and returned it due to the buttong clicking issues. I'm looking at the TC 30 but now someone mentions hard buttons with clicking noises again.

Since both remotes look the same, I'm guessing that they are using the same noisy switches. When I find a better remote I will most likely replace this remote. The clicking is very annoying when channel surfing.
post #83 of 291
Hi,
A question on the TC30? Does it support using 2 different DVD players? How would you choose which one is being used so that the pause/stop buttons are for the correct player? I have two different dvd players I use depending on what type of dvd I am watching.
Thanks in advance,
Joe H
post #84 of 291
Hi,
A question on the TC30? Does it support using 2 different DVD players? How would you choose which one is being used so that the pause/stop buttons are for the correct player? I have two different dvd players I use depending on what type of dvd I am watching.
Thanks in advance,
Joe H
post #85 of 291
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Originally Posted by rman222 View Post

Hi,
A question on the TC30? Does it support using 2 different DVD players? How would you choose which one is being used so that the pause/stop buttons are for the correct player? I have two different dvd players I use depending on what type of dvd I am watching.
Thanks in advance,
Joe H


You would have 2 "Activities"; Watch DVD1 and Watch DVD2 (or whatever you wanted to call them). Depending on the one you select, the keys on the TC 30 will send out the IR codes for that player. Of course the dvd players must not use the same IR codes, so using the same model would not work. As long as there is no overlap in codes, the dvd players should function correctly with the TC-30. I do it just fine with my Oppo and RCA HD DVD player.
post #86 of 291
From what I've read, ptsenter has the Harmony 670 and the TC-30. How do you compare them? I know about the color LCD, but how about real functionality? About the same? I've read on Cnet that the 670 has some buttons that lead you to "picture" adjustments on Display. I'm between the H670, H720 and TC-30, so any help will be appreciated.

Thanks.
post #87 of 291
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Originally Posted by mbernstein View Post

From what I've read, ptsenter has the Harmony 670 and the TC-30. How do you compare them? I know about the color LCD, but how about real functionality? About the same? I've read on Cnet that the 670 has some buttons that lead you to "picture" adjustments on Display. I'm between the H670, H720 and TC-30, so any help will be appreciated.

As far as functionality is concerned they are the same. Even if some remote does not have a hard button it's function accessible through soft button.

I prefer TC30 and the main reason is not color screen, but it has 8 soft buttons, rechargeable and has a tilt censor, so remote glows as soon as you pick it up. Even color screen can be useful as you can select background to be able to adjust readability.
post #88 of 291
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Originally Posted by bakpakva View Post

Of course the dvd players must not use the same IR codes, so using the same model would not work

I'd like to clarify something over here.
Some dvd players, or A/V devices for that matter, support more than one code sets. If you have such devices you can assign one as DVD1 with code set 1 and the other one as DVD2 with code set 2. And then as bakpakva said.
I was pleasantly surprise that Harmony has two code sets for my Sony dvd recorder out of three.
post #89 of 291
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Originally Posted by ptsenter View Post

I'd like to clarify something over here.
Some dvd players, or A/V devices for that matter, support more than one code sets. If you have such devices you can assign one as DVD1 with code set 1 and the other one as DVD2 with code set 2. And then as bakpakva said.
I was pleasantly surprise that Harmony has two code sets for my Sony dvd recorder out of three.

I didn't know that! Sounds like a fantastic feature to have if you have two of the same model.
post #90 of 291
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Originally Posted by ptsenter View Post

As far as functionality is concerned they are the same. Even if some remote does not have a hard button it's function accessible through soft button.

I prefer TC30 and the main reason is not color screen, but it has 8 soft buttons, rechargeable and has a tilt censor, so remote glows as soon as you pick it up. Even color screen can be useful as you can select background to be able to adjust readability.

Well, thanks a lot. If yo can clarify one more thing, I would be grateful. It seems the Logitechs are a bit more functional for cable TV -set-top boxes, (concerning channels, favorites and all). Is that right? Is it possible to assign to screen buttons the "page up/page down" function the Harmony 720 has on hard buttons (I'm new to Universal Remotes, and couldn't understand this point)? Thanks.
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