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I just got an MX-990 and am in the midst of programming. I too missed that feature. It appears that one main difference is that the Please Wait page has to be within the same set of pages from where the Macro button being used is located. So for the Main screen macros, the Please Wait page has to be located there.

As far as the process, I exported the Please Wait image files from my MX980 file. The Please Wait page is just two images. A .jpg background file and a .gif overlay file. Next, add a new page to the MX990 Main Screen pages and hide it. Then import the two Please Wait image files. It appears this will work.
So basically, any hidden page will do which will show while the macro sequence is running. Or am I missing something?

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So basically, any hidden page will do which will show while the macro sequence is running. Or am I missing something?
Correct. Just has to be within the same set of pages as the macro command button (unlike the 980, where it could be located anywhere). Set a timer following if you want the Please Wait screen to display for a certain amount of time. The Please Wait page doesn’t even have to be hidden. It’s just odd to scroll through pages and have it show up as one of them.
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Can someone who has an Apple TV 4K remote control tell me how to get the home key button mapped to the MX990? The home key doesn't learn (don't think the home key is IR based) as I have all the other functions working, except the home key. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Did you ever figure this out? I'm in the same boat and cannot find an answer anywhere. Thanks!
From Global Cache, here is the Pronto hex for MENU HOME:

0000 006C 0022 0002 015B 00AD 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0622 015B 0057 0016 0E6C
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From Global Cache, here is the Pronto hex for MENU HOME:

0000 006C 0022 0002 015B 00AD 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0622 015B 0057 0016 0E6C
That's the Menu hex, not the Home hex.

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From Global Cache, here is the Pronto hex for MENU HOME:

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That's the Menu hex, not the Home hex.
Yep, Menu will get you home (eventually) but, the home button has different functionality. I appreciate the effort though.
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Yep, Menu will get you home (eventually) but, the home button has different functionality. I appreciate the effort though.

Hi Stevetd -- sorry for the late response.

I purchased the Logitech Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control (from Amazon) in order to learn the Home key code, since the Apple TV 4K was part of their RC database. The learned code from the Harmony Remote was not the "Home" key on the Apple Remote. As it turned out, it was the Menu key with a long holding time which gets you back to the Apple Home Menu quickly.

So my solution is to have the Apple Remote near my URC MX-990 for when I need the Apple TV 4K "Home" key functionality.

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I got my 2 MX-990's from Surf Remote Controls last year. I just went to their site again today and it is replaced with a notice that they have retired. So now where is a good place to buy one of these remotes that is manufacturer authorized (AKA the warranty will be honored)?

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I got my 2 MX-990's from Surf Remote Controls last year. I just went to their site again today and it is replaced with a notice that they have retired. So now where is a good place to buy one of these remotes that is manufacturer authorized (AKA the warranty will be honored)?
That sucks. I got mine there too. Great service, they'll be missed.

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I got my 2 MX-990's from Surf Remote Controls last year. I just went to their site again today and it is replaced with a notice that they have retired. So now where is a good place to buy one of these remotes that is manufacturer authorized (AKA the warranty will be honored)?
I hate that Surf Remote has folded up their tent.
I purchased my MX-990 and my MX-3000 before that from Surf Remote.

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I got my 2 MX-990's from Surf Remote Controls last year. I just went to their site again today and it is replaced with a notice that they have retired. So now where is a good place to buy one of these remotes that is manufacturer authorized (AKA the warranty will be honored)?
Dang it. They were great to deal with. Having recently retired myself, I have to wish them well in their retirement and can't hold it against them

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I have done some digging on trying to find authorized dealers that sell direct to end users. URC used to have a list on their site of authorized internet dealers but I guess due backlash from their CI customers, their sanctioning of online sales of the 'Pro' products went away sometime around 2006. The list is available if you look in the wayback machine. Surf was on that list and a bunch of others that are now defunct. The only one that I see that remains is abt.com. They show the URC remotes on their site with a 'call to order' button. But the prices quoted there are not great, about 35% more for a MX-990 than I paid to get one from Surf just a few months ago.

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Edmund, most of what I know about remotes I learned from you.

Thanks for all the kind words guys! It's been a great ride! I've been semi-retired for years, so I just decided to finalize it. With URC putting more emphasis on their network-based Total Control line (which authorized dealers aren't allowed to sell to end users without an accompanying installation), it was a good time to end it. We're keeping our webpage and email active through 2020 to support past customers that may need help with URC for warranty service, but then it will be gone.

I wish I could direct you all to somewhere where you can still buy the product with warranty support (without installation), but URC never embraced the idea of selling direct to end users. All you can do is contact a local dealer and see what they'll do (if anything) for you.

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Edmund, most of what I know about remotes I learned from you.

Thanks for all the kind words guys! It's been a great ride! I've been semi-retired for years, so I just decided to finalize it. With URC putting more emphasis on their network-based Total Control line (which authorized dealers aren't allowed to sell to end users without an accompanying installation), it was a good time to end it. We're keeping our webpage and email active through 2020 to support past customers that may need help with URC for warranty service, but then it will be gone.

I wish I could direct you all to somewhere where you can still buy the product with warranty support (without installation), but URC never embraced the idea of selling direct to end users. All you can do is contact a local dealer and see what they'll do (if anything) for you.

Thanks everyone for a great 20 years!

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Edmund, most of what I know about remotes I learned from you.

Thanks for all the kind words guys! It's been a great ride! I've been semi-retired for years, so I just decided to finalize it. With URC putting more emphasis on their network-based Total Control line (which authorized dealers aren't allowed to sell to end users without an accompanying installation), it was a good time to end it. We're keeping our webpage and email active through 2020 to support past customers that may need help with URC for warranty service, but then it will be gone.

I wish I could direct you all to somewhere where you can still buy the product with warranty support (without installation), but URC never embraced the idea of selling direct to end users. All you can do is contact a local dealer and see what they'll do (if anything) for you.

Thanks everyone for a great 20 years!

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Mike,

Thanks for joining us here with your comments and for keeping your website and email active through 2020.

URC is a frustrating company. There are those of us who are deep AV hobbyiests. I have tweaked/changed my MX-990 configuration (and MX-3000 before it) literally hundreds of times with new and changed equipment over the years and especially with thumbnail album cover art to access SACD's on a Sony SACD jukebox player. My MX-990 has many, many pages of custom macros and layouts.

Did/does URC really expect me to call a dealer for every one of those individual changes? Absolutely ridiculous!
I suspect that there are only a handful of URC dealers who would even have the technical knowledge/competence to configure my MX-990 layouts to my satisfaction.

FYI, I founded a small company myself that does a $100 million+ sales/year. Instead of making it difficult for vendors such as you Mike via Surf Remote, they should have embraced/supported you as a very esteemed and legitimate sales channel for the deep AV hobbyiests. Short-sighted and just plain dumb!

Enjoy your retirement!

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Thanks for joining us here with your comments and for keeping your website and email active through 2020.

URC is a frustrating company. There are those of us who are deep AV hobbyiests. I have tweaked/changed my MX-990 configuration (and MX-3000 before it) literally hundreds of times with new and changed equipment over the years and especially with thumbnail album cover art to access SACD's on a Sony SACD jukebox player. My MX-990 has many, many pages of custom macros and layouts.

Did/does URC really expect me to call a dealer for every one of those individual changes? Absolutely ridiculous!
I suspect that there are only a handful of URC dealers who would even have the technical knowledge/competence to configure my MX-990 layouts to my satisfaction.

FYI, I founded a small company myself that does a $100 million+ sales/year. Instead of making it difficult for vendors such as you Mike via Surf Remote, they should have embraced/supported you as a very esteemed and legitimate sales channel for the deep AV hobbyiests. Short-sighted and just plain dumb!

Enjoy your retirement!

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Same feeling here. As my wife would say, I change AVR's and TV's every five minutes. No way I'm going to depend on someone else to reprogram every time. I really thought that URC would eventually embrace the hobbyist/enthusiast but, I guess not. I suppose when my 990's finally give up the ghost, I'll have to live with Harmony. Blech!

BTW, thank you Mike (and wife). Very much enjoyed the several times of doing business with you guys. Enjoy retirement! I look forward to the day I can delete my business email and change my cell number.
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URC is a frustrating company. There are those of us who are deep AV hobbyiests. I have tweaked/changed my MX-990 configuration (and MX-3000 before it) literally hundreds of times with new and changed equipment over the years and especially with thumbnail album cover art to access SACD's on a Sony SACD jukebox player. My MX-990 has many, many pages of custom macros and layouts.

Did/does URC really expect me to call a dealer for every one of those individual changes? Absolutely ridiculous!
I suspect that there are only a handful of URC dealers who would even have the technical knowledge/competence to configure my MX-990 layouts to my satisfaction.

^ This 1000%. I agree that these products are not for the average user and I was perfectly fine with the height at which the bar was set for purchasing one of these remotes from Surf. CI dealers need to understand that enthusiast users who pull their own CAT 5 and program their own stuff are not in competition with them. If we really want these products we are going to get our hands on them somehow. If anything we are doing them a small favor by adding extra purchases to what are low volume items and indirectly advertising the products when we show off how neat they are to family and friends. And if CI dealers were a little bit friendlier with hobbyists, we might turn into higher paying customers when we decide to build our dream house and want to let someone else pull the CAT 5.
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Edmund, most of what I know about remotes I learned from you.

Thanks for all the kind words guys! It's been a great ride! I've been semi-retired for years, so I just decided to finalize it. With URC putting more emphasis on their network-based Total Control line (which authorized dealers aren't allowed to sell to end users without an accompanying installation), it was a good time to end it. We're keeping our webpage and email active through 2020 to support past customers that may need help with URC for warranty service, but then it will be gone.

I wish I could direct you all to somewhere where you can still buy the product with warranty support (without installation), but URC never embraced the idea of selling direct to end users. All you can do is contact a local dealer and see what they'll do (if anything) for you.

Thanks everyone for a great 20 years!

Mike
Mike, as I stated above, I hope you have a wonderful retirement! You filled a niche that will now be vacant. I agree with others that relying on the AV dealers is out of the question for those of us who like to change things on a whim. Having 2 Home theaters at 2 different houses with URC remotes, I'm certainly glad I found you and was able to get the software so that I could tweak the remotes myself. I was shocked how sloppy the programming was when I started looking at the programming supplied by my AV dealer. I ended up starting from scratch to get rid of all the "trash" they had in the program from adopting their base program to many clients through the years.

I retired mid last year and I hope your retirement goes as well as mine has. I'm having a blast doing things I couldn't find time for when I was working 60+ hours a weeK.
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I will echo the comments here about URC. I love the remotes (I have owned several models and now have 3 MX-990s) and I enjoy being able to write my own macros and do all the programming. I hate that the company doesn’t think that users like us are worth trying to please. I know they want to maintain good relationships with their dealers and there are a lot of customers who need their dealers to do the work, but there is no reason why they can’t also accommodate DIYers as well. A major fail on their part.

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Need some opinions. I have an aging MX-980 that I really love, but it needs replacing. Should I go with the 990, or is there something better out there? I can do the programming. How does the Harmony Elite stack up? I use a mrf-350 and love it, but does the Harmony IR hub work just as well? Does URC have something better on the horizon, maybe? I know the 990 is already several years old.
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Need some opinions. I have an aging MX-980 that I really love, but it needs replacing. Should I go with the 990, or is there something better out there? I can do the programming. How does the Harmony Elite stack up? I use a mrf-350 and love it, but does the Harmony IR hub work just as well? Does URC have something better on the horizon, maybe? I know the 990 is already several years old.


I don’t think you can go wrong with the 990 since you’re already familiar with programming. I went from three 980’s to three 990’s and am very happy. The 990/350 combo should be good for many years. When one of my 980s got dropped and broken a couple years ago I thought I was missing something by not using Harmony and tried out their latest and greatest. Hated it.
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I was so bummed to find out the Surf Remote is no longer. I need to update my living room 980 into a 990 that I never got around to fully programming. The laptop I have the program on went down last year. I have the hard drive from the broken laptop in this working laptop and am trying to resurrect it with no success. Anyway, I have an Email into Beach Remote asking for a link to the program. In the mean time can someone here help me out?

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Hex code not working on RF via MRF 350

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From Global Cache, here is the Pronto hex for MENU HOME:

0000 006C 0022 0002 015B 00AD 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0041 0016 0016 0016 0622 015B 0057 0016 0E6C
I used this hex code and it works great on the 990 via IR. However it does not work via RF on my MRF 350. It seems that all the standard Apple TV codes work both on IR and RF, but any Hex codes or learned codes work on IR only. Anyone else have this issue?
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post #327 of 350 Old 04-10-2020, 02:01 PM
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I used this hex code and it works great on the 990 via IR. However it does not work via RF on my MRF 350. It seems that all the standard Apple TV codes work both on IR and RF, but any Hex codes or learned codes work on IR only. Anyone else have this issue?
Do you have your device set to IR and RF in RF Control?

I always use RF only, have the MRF-260 feeding a Xantech IR distribution system. That way the remote IR does not interfere with the IR from the distribution system. The MRF-260 blasters are disabled as well.
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Do you have your device set to IR and RF in RF Control?

I always use RF only, have the MRF-260 feeding a Xantech IR distribution system. That way the remote IR does not interfere with the IR from the distribution system. The MRF-260 blasters are disabled as well.
It is set to both IR and RF and I can certainly try RF only, I did not try that before because I would think if that is the issue it would affect all commands, not just learned/hex commands.
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Would anyone recommend this as a new purchase today? I'm looking at an AV setup, and my guy is recommending this remote as the universal remote. I'm sure he's an expert w/ it, and can very quickly program it to work super well, but I just don't want some huge monstrosity with a numpad and stuff like that on it. The URC website is difficult to decipher, in terms of understanding what their current line of remotes is, but it doesn't appear like the MX-990 is on there.
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Would anyone recommend this as a new purchase today? I'm looking at an AV setup, and my guy is recommending this remote as the universal remote. I'm sure he's an expert w/ it, and can very quickly program it to work super well, but I just don't want some huge monstrosity with a numpad and stuff like that on it. The URC website is difficult to decipher, in terms of understanding what their current line of remotes is, but it doesn't appear like the MX-990 is on there.
I would still recommend it.

It is on their website.

https://www.universalremote.com/product/mx-990/
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