Originally Posted by Roly
My 542i is celebrating it's first birthday also. I can't say enough good things about it.
I am using Verizon FIOS and have one complaint that I'm pretty sure has been brought up before. WHAT THE HECK IS THE CODE FOR THE REMOTE???
Can anybody please help me?
I first bought my 542i Nov. of last year and, since Aug. of this year, switched to Verizon Fios only days after it became available in my area. I switched because I got a great deal that offered more premium movie channels and, most importantly, they are the only cable carriers that offer the NFL Network-all for about the same price I was paying TWC.
Contrary to some beliefs, it's not the manufacturers of the lcd's that are suppose to supply the code for the remote, it's the cable companies. I called Verizon and they have yet to come up with one.
I guess you'll have to be like me and be at the mercy of Verizon.
On another topic, I haven't read all 40+ pages on this thread so I'm not sure if this particular subject has been brought to the board....
Since I first bought my 542i, I have had 2 major problems. Both had to do with the mainboard. The first happened around July (I'd have to check my records for the exact date). I noticed that when I went into my Menu, all the text related to it were a bunch of numbers and symbols-not letters. I called support and talked to a tech there. While I was on the phone with him, I e-mailed him a photo that I took(sorry, I've since deleted it) and he immediately told me that it was the mainboard and set up a tech in my area to come change it out. He was here in just a few days. I wasn't too worried about when he would arrived because I was still able to view the tv. He changed the mainboard and it worked fine.
The second problem occurred less than a month ago. Actually, one day after the manufacturer warranty ran out. As I earlier said, this problem was also with the mainboard. I called support and after I told them what the problem was, they decided to just replace the entire television which I thought was nice of them because technically, by law, they didn't have to abide by their warranty since it had ran out the day before. I saved the photo showing the problem but I see that I won't be able to provide it because I've yet to submit the minimum of 3 posts. This is my first.
Anyway, they sent me a brand new, upgraded, 542i. By upgraded I mean that this lcd is 542-B12 instead of 542-B11. Also, the frame looks exactly like the 242t. It has 2 HDMI inputs instead of the usual 1 that was on my original 542i. (Thanks, Olevia) But it has one less component input compared to the one they switched. I'm fine with that since I have a Sony progressive scan dvd player that has an HDMI input that I had a component cable attached to. When I wanted to use the Sony, I would switch the HDMI cable back and forth even though I know there's not much difference. Until someone shows me that a component cable is equal to an HDMI cable, there's no way I'll believe that they are one in the same.
I hope that helps, Roly.
OK, I've rambled on enough except I'd like to mention one other thing. I've read on here that some people, when they get/got their new lcd, think they need to do a firmware upgrade. That isn't the case. Firmware upgrades are only necessary if you are experiencing an issue with your set or you need it for something like Harmony.