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post #151 of 199
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Originally Posted by Grimdeath View Post

The Motorola 641x DVR's have the same issue; we all just opt to leave them ON all the time (even though you turn it off, it is STILL really running afterall - I doubt you'll find a huge difference in power consumption).

Ack, I was considering this. Or, toggling ON/OFF states in unison with the television/receiver. In theory, if we don't trip the DVR's On/Standby code in a submenu, it should remain synched with the power states of other components. This DVR apparently needs to be placed in Standby mode to use the supplied IR blaster for downloading TVGuide info from the cable box. Although, I may just give up on the blaster and try a different method for recording digital channels from the STB.

Thanks,

- ooofest
post #152 of 199
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Originally Posted by ooofest View Post

I am cross-posting a request for knowledge concerning Toshiba DVDR/DVR component discrete codes, because this forum seems the more appropriate place for my original query. Hope that's OK.

Sorry if I seem desperate . . . perhaps I am! In attempting to make these MX-700 macros relatively foolproof for my family and guests, the DVR is the only standout to cause problems due to no evident ON/OFF discrete codes (or obvious work-arounds).

- ooofest

What I do, and it works in my circumstance like a charm, is to use one device that has discrete on/off codes to control the device that doesn't have

I use the SmartStrip
http://catalog.bitsltd.us/

peter
post #153 of 199
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Originally Posted by plumeria View Post

What I do, and it works in my circumstance like a charm, is to use one device that has discrete on/off codes to control the device that doesn’t have…

I use the SmartStrip
http://catalog.bitsltd.us/

Thank you - it's a great idea (I did consider a similar notion, using Power from the cable set-top box), but hadn't seen the SmartStrip product, specifically.

Unfortunately, the Toshiba DVR is my one component which needs constant A/C: even in lowered-power Standby mode, it's scheduled to record various shows to the HDD.

And, the spouse doesn't enjoy having this DVR constantly powered ON vs. keeping it in Standby (for the bulk of our day, i.e., when it is not utilized) . . . so, I'm trying various ideas in the MX-700 programmer, but may require tripping of a global ON command before use of the activity-based macros. . . which would defeat the neat ability of such macros to automagically turn ON what they would need, of course.

- ooofest
post #154 of 199
Ah -so you are not wanting to toggle on/off but on/standy then?

peter
post #155 of 199
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Originally Posted by plumeria View Post

Ah -so you are not wanting to toggle on/off but on/standy then?

peter

I suppose that would be the case for this component - they call the toggle an "On/Standby" switch at points in the manual, but also refer to it being "powered off" when using that same toggle.

Essentially, the DVR is set for scheduled recordings - therefore, it must be in some powered state when those recordings are meant to occur.

- ooofest
post #156 of 199
I have a Motorola DVR and my MX700 is set so that when I watch cable tv the macro has a "go to" that displays the cable functions. If one of the components somehow don't get changed, I simply go back to my main screen and press the
"Cable" button.
I have mine set so that the only system turn off is from the Main screen (this is with the power on and off buttons at the top). I have some discreet codes but my tv and cable box do not have discreet codes.

It is NOT foolproof but NO remote is.

Most of us here have expensive(relative) systems and they require a little knowledge to operate. Some simple training is required for most people to
operate our systems. That is just a fact of life.

Good luck and remember "nothing is foolproof"


Edit: I just remembered another thing I wanted to say.
If for some reason the on/off toggle on the DVR is in the wrong state when I change from another activity, I simply push the power button as the lcd screen is in the Cable mode and the on/off buttons are mapped to the component shown on the lcd screen.
post #157 of 199
I was reading through several of these posts and my question is,"Should I bother with this or find something else?"

All I want is a remote to run my Sony XBR2, Brighthouse DVR, Onkyo 674, Oppo 970, and my bluray when and if I get it. It was suggested by some in other remote threads on this forum that the MX 700 was the way to go, but after reading these posts, I do not know.

I priced this at surfremote and it is fine...They call themselves an authorized dealer and advertise that they provide updates and new software if I purchase from them.

Have any of you done this? What is you suggestion?

Lenore
post #158 of 199
SurfRemote IS an authorized dealer; they are not lying if that it what you're asking.
post #159 of 199
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Originally Posted by Grimdeath View Post

SurfRemote IS an authorized dealer; they are not lying if that it what you're asking.

No, I was not asking if surfremote is lying.

I wanted to know if as an authorized dealer, in your opinion, any problems with updates, new firmware, or any software problems that I encountered with the MX 700 remote, that seems to be a large topic on this thread, would be or could be handled handled by surfremote.

Thanks

Lenore
post #160 of 199
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Originally Posted by Lenore View Post

No, I was not asking if surfremote is lying.

I wanted to know if as an authorized dealer, in your opinion, any problems with updates, new firmware, or any software problems that I encountered with the MX 700 remote, that seems to be a large topic on this thread, would be or could be handled handled by surfremote.

Thanks

Lenore

All an authorized dealer offers is factory warranty support (that is, URC will service the remote ONLY if purchased from an authorized dealer) and the full version software from URC. An AD will give you software support, but then again, so will anyone in the forums here and on remotecentral.com.

Using the full version software, you perform your own firmware upgrades. You can find the full version software from sources other than an authorized dealer. There are no keys or any such nonsense associated with the software; what you get is the same version that everyone uses.

So, for a capable person, the only difference between buying from an AD and a non-AD (ebay, etc) is that you lose the 1 year warranty.
post #161 of 199
Anybody that needs URC software PM me. I have the update enabled versions.

-brien
post #162 of 199
Can anyone help me out with an update enabled version?
post #163 of 199
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Originally Posted by buddhawood View Post

Can anyone help me out with an update enabled version?


You can just keep registering your remote to download the software. I've done it twice now and both times, the IR DB was updated.
post #164 of 199
I would also like to acquire the update enabled version if anyone would like to share. Thanks in advance for any help!
post #165 of 199
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post #166 of 199
I have an MX-700 and would like the original software but I can't get it from the website because I don't have a serial number that there system recognizes. Why do they even care, who would download software for a remote control if they didn't have the remote amyway?

If anyone knows of a workaround please let me know.

Thanks,
John
post #167 of 199
(You can ignore the link I PMed you.)
The magic formula is to go to the download page at Universal Remote.
You'll then have to fill out a form - only bother filling out the required fields (i.e. the ones with asterisks).

For the serial number follow the instructions in this post:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...05#post8995405

For me, a K followed by the 6 digit number entered twice, allowed me to download what appears to be a somewhat current version of the software.
It has codes for Tivo Series 3 and Yamaha receivers that are currently available.
An earlier post said the IR database is as of 7/31/06. Maybe that's true.
Regardless, it appears to work.


Mitch
post #168 of 199
Did not work for me at all. Too bad, it was a good remote. I just purchased a Harmony One. Screw them if must insist on there distribution channels. They will get no more of my business! They made money off me once, and never again.
post #169 of 199
Actually URC makes a large majority of the remotes that your electronics come with.

The CUSTOM remote that you have I guess must be altered by a Custom Installation company. In My Humble Opion... I will never sell another URC remote and I am an authorized dealer. RTI (remote Technologies Inc) is a far superior control system than URC. and for a bang for the buck RTI slaughters the URC line up. But then again You will also have the same issues with RTI as they as well don't allow the software to change the remote either.

As an Automation specialist this works out well for me as yes I do make money for the chamges and I can assure the customer doesn't mess with the rest of the system. without know they did so by altering the remote functions.
post #170 of 199
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Originally Posted by infoman1 View Post

Did not work for me at all. Too bad, it was a good remote. I just purchased a Harmony One. Screw them if must insist on there distribution channels. They will get no more of my business! They made money off me once, and never again.

YEA!!! You showed them. I'll bet you can hear the locks being put on the doors at URC if you listen close enough. And thanx for bringing back a 2+ year old post on a topic that has been beaten to death. Those who take the time and do some reasearch, along with contacting URC in a civil manner, get their issues resolved. Good luck with the One. Nothing like taking a step backwards.

BTW: Loving all my URC remotes (980,880,(2)900's) and the Complete Control Suite with all the updatable Editors! And I'm an end user, NOT a CI.
post #171 of 199
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Originally Posted by eddielives View Post

YEA!!! You showed them. I'll bet you can hear the locks being put on the doors at URC if you listen close enough. And thanx for bringing back a 2+ year old post on a topic that has been beaten to death. Those who take the time and do some reasearch, along with contacting URC in a civil manner, get their issues resolved. Good luck with the One. Nothing like taking a step backwards.

BTW: Loving all my URC remotes (980,880,(2)900's) and the Complete Control Suite with all the updatable Editors! And I'm an end user, NOT a CI.

Your welcome! The MX-700 still is a very good remote which continues to work with newer products by learning commands. As far as URC is concerned, John and Jane consumer ARE NOT (got that) pay a custom installer to program there remote because the lamebrain company will not provide software. STUPID business move and I really don't care how old it is and quite frankly don't care what you think either. MX700 is circa 2002, time to move on to more current equipment. You are right about Harmony One and taking a step backword. It's weak point is the god awefull web based software which lacks granularity and control of custom programming. I wonder what corporate genius thought that scheme up. So you need a PC, Internet, and no way to backup a local copy of your configuration. Other than the few oddities it presents, it's not bad. Doesn't have the solid feel like the ole MX, and the button spacing could have been better. In the end they will leave the consumer hanging just like URC did when they decide no more support
post #172 of 199
You've got a PM.
post #173 of 199
With respect to an authorized dealer, I bought mine through Jason here at AVS. Will I be able to get the new software?
post #174 of 199
It's been awhile, but if anyone is still looking for MX-700 editor software, I found it on the B&K Components web site. They sell a SR10 universal remote, which is the MX-700 rebranded. The big deal is their software is freely available from their web site, complete with updated codes. See: http://www.bkcomp.com/support/software/
post #175 of 199
thanks, will keep this for backup
post #176 of 199
What is the bottom line for older MX-700 owners?
  • Can the latest software be downloaded from URC?
  • Does the B&K software work, and does it download the latest codes?
  • Is this remote worthless without the latest codes?
  • Can I manually program it to be usefull (using B&K if I cannot get the latest codes?
Basically, I am wondering if this remote is any good for my NEW/recent AV equip if I cannot get the latest code updates. I know its an old thread, but there are no others wherein this question directly applies.
post #177 of 199
What I did with my old MX-700 when I got a new device whose codes where not in any database I could find, was to use the device's remote to "teach" the MX-700 the codes.

I also have a new NXG-RM802 (for the other room), whose later version software does allow hexadecimal code entry. So for the descretes, I loaded them into the RM802, then had the RM802 teach the MX-700.

I have not tried to use the NXG software on the MX-700. But after almost bricking the MX-700 when I accidently did something wrong, I do not care to risk it.
post #178 of 199
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Originally Posted by roachslayer View Post

What is the bottom line for older MX-700 owners?
  • Can the latest software be downloaded from URC?
  • Does the B&K software work, and does it download the latest codes?
  • Is this remote worthless without the latest codes?
  • Can I manually program it to be usefull (using B&K if I cannot get the latest codes?
Basically, I am wondering if this remote is any good for my NEW/recent AV equip if I cannot get the latest code updates. I know its an old thread, but there are no others wherein this question directly applies.

I bought my MX-700 from NewEgg... at first, newEgg would not hep me out when URC changed their policy (i.e. they did not want to provide me access to the up-datable SW), but long story short, they did.

I have a copy of the MX-700 SW... 11 MB in size. This copy can receive database live updates from the URC's site.

I can email it to you if you like. PM me if interested.

-T

EDIT: rapidshare location for download (note: PM me if the mods delete my link):

https://rapidshare.com/files/4062052327/MX_700Setup.exe
post #179 of 199
I have the urc control suite on a VERY old laptop, but have no way of getting to a new one...

Arghhh.

I must scour the HD for the install file...
post #180 of 199
Thanks T-Bone for that link (still good!). Just downloaded it. I have a few installation files around 6MB, the latest version from late 2004. Do you know when this 11MB version was released? I'm not confident that URC would honor my purchase, I bought mine off ebay from a guy whose handle is audiovideoman, paid $170 including $12 shipping. I can just install this 11MB version and I'll be OK? Of course, I'll back everything up first! I'll be able to download codes and stuff? I haven't done that in ages, but I got a new projector and will be buying a new BD player, it would be nice to have some preprogrammed stuff, although I suppose I can create what I need using learning and brainstorming macros. I do love my MX-700.
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