Originally Posted by SirCrow
Now I really, really hate this remote! Not only does it very easily miss buttons, it simply refuses to learn some, including the < > buttons.
Sorry you're having so much trouble, but rest assured my own Dish 20.1 remote was able to learn every button from a DVR+ "flat" remote, including the left and right cursor buttons, fast-forward and rewind, and Skip Back and Fwd.
As for alternatives, I've learned there's at least one "out there" now; unfortunately my correspondent didn't fully answer my question when I asked about the brand:
Originally Posted by JHBrandt
I wouldn't have thought the CM-7004 has been on the market long enough to make it into any universal remote code libraries. What model remote was it, and which code worked?
Originally Posted by keeper
Cm7005tb1 is what it is listed as.
(They meant cm7500
tb1, i.e., DVR+, of course. Although I didn't realize it at first, turns out the DVR+ and CM-7004 use the same remote codes.)
Originally Posted by P Smith
I would install new batteries into both remotes first!
Good point. My experience has been that reliable remote "learning" requires fresh batteries. (That's not only true of the Dish remote, but it's more important with the Dish remote because of its inability to learn one button at a time.
Also, avoid rechargeable (NiMH) batteries during learning. They work OK during normal operation, but their lower voltage won't necessarily let the remote write to flash ROM (which is how it "learns") reliably.