Well, with much trial and error, I finally got the Dish 20.1 Remote up and running. The biggest problem I had was getting the CM-7500XRC2 DVR+ Enhanced Remote configured properly to teach the 20.1. The following steps are what I used to program the DVR+ remote. I make absolutely no guarantee in any way, shape, or form that this will work for anyone else, but it did work for me. Do this at your own risk.
There were a couple of close calls when the DVR+ decided it was time to initialize the HD
. Disaster avoided, but YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! You can find detailed instructions on how to set up your remotes for Programming/Learning in the respective user manuals.
1. Program your DVR+ remote to the TV you are going to be using. Next program your 20.1 to your TV.
2. I had already programmed the DVR+ remote for my TV, but could not learn any of the On/Off commands to to 20.1, so I had to un-program the TV from the DVR+ remote. Do not use the factory reset process described on the CM web site. I did and was unable to teach the 20.1 the CM On command. Instead use the reset process that pachinko provided first -
Originally Posted by pachinko
The following instructions are for removing the TV codes from the CM-7500XRC2 "Enhanced" remote:
Removing the TV programming (On/Off, Volume, Mute, and Input) from the CM-7500XRC2 "Enhanced" Remote Control requires resetting the remote control. Once removed, those features will no longer function, unless the device is reprogrammed for another TV, or the same TV.
- Hold down the Setup and Off buttons simultaneously.
- The light under the Off button will flash 4 times.
- Release both buttons.
Something happened when I used the CM process, where the DVR+ On/Off commands were not being learned by the 20.1. BUT, reprogramming the TV commands to the DVR+ remote, THEN using the above process somehow allowed the DVR+ remote to teach the 20.1 the ON command. I am not concerned about teaching DVR+ Off cammand since the DVR+ will go to sleep eventually.
3. Now it's time to teach your 20.1 some new tricks. I programmed my 20.1 on the AUX mode. Your choice is between DVD mode or AUX mode. TV mode is already being used by the programming you did in step 1.
Choose whatever button mapping you wish, or you can create your own. Here are a couple of threads you might find useful: This one
and this one
. Since your TV mode button is already programmed for TV Off/On, Volume, and Mute your 20.1 will not need to learn these commands again. However if you need to use the Input button you will either need to switch modes to TV and use the Input button, or teach the 20.1 Input on AUX mode (or DVD, if that's what you're using). When I learned Input to the 20.1 Input button, the command did not respond as expected, so I used the Swap button, bottom left.
Now, try out your 20.1. If everything works to your satisfaction move on to step 4. If not repeat until you're happy.
4. Next is to put your DVR+ remote back to a usable condition. Here is where you can use the CM instructions
Originally Posted by pachinko
CM has instruction on resetting
both the original "Thin/Flat" remote control, and the CM-7500XRC2 "Enhanced" remote control, on their web page titled "Why is my DVR+(CM-7500) remote control not working correctly". The reset process varies depending upon the model of the remote. The instructions for the CM-7500XRC2 "Enhanced" remote control are near the bottom of the page.
For the enhanced remote follow these steps.
Clear all user presets and set to factory default configuration.
- Press and hold the Setup button until it blinks 2 times, then release and press 980. The power button should now blink 4 times.
- Press and hold the Setup button until it blinks 2 times, then release and press 977. The power button should now blink 4 times.
If none of the above works, please submit an inquiry on our contact us form on our website.
5. Finally you can now program your DVR+ remote TV commands.
Now the bottom line. Having never programmed a universal remote control, this was quite a learning experience. I do not love or hate either of my remotes, as the each have their own pluses and minuses. SWMBO likes the CM remote and I like the Dish 20.1. Let the remote wars begin.