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I bought 2 Panasonic PV-HS2000 units recently (open box), and both are working great exept for one thing:

On the back of one of the remotes is printed "for demo use only", and this unit does not let me program it for use with other devices. I never get it to do the "2 blinks". My theory is that Panasonic disabled this "feature" on demo remotes to idiot proof them in the store. Panasonic wants me to send it in and they will send me another one. I don't want to be without it for a week, so here is the question: Has anyone ever run into this before and discovered a key sequence or code that will return the remote to factory new condition or otherwise remedy the situation? What if I used a JP1 connector?
 

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I've never heard of a remote being programmed like this before, but I have a guess as to how they did it. They probably programmed each of the four device buttons to use the Replay code. As the Replay code is the designated OEM code, this would block you from re-programming the device buttons for anything else.


If this is what they did, you can easily rectify it by using the 977 command (ie, CODE SET, two blinks, 997, four blinks) which will disable the Replay code from all the device buttons, then to re-load it onto the Replay (HArd Disk Recorder) button, use the 987 command, like this ...


HDR [CODE SET **] 987 ** 0001 **


Let me know if it works. If that doesn't do it, I bet a JP1 cable would let you do it.


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Thanks for the suggestion, Robman. Unfortunately, the remote would not let me do what you suggested because the code set button does not behave like my other remote does. The good remote blinks once when I hit code set, or any of the device buttons. This one does not even blink once. That made me think that maybe they physically disabled the buttons by putting a piece of plastic between the contact surfaces inside the remote. I tried to take the remote apart to see if this was indeed the case, but gave up. Is there a trick to getting this thing apart? I took one screw out from under the batteries, but it still seemed like I was missing something. Is it just supposed to "pop" apart after you take the screw out?
 

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There is just one screw, but the Replay remotes are very tightly wedged together, so it is kinda tricky to open them up.


Is there a 6-pin JP1 connector in the battery compartment?


If there is, and you'd be willing to cover the cost of postage, I'd like to take a look at it. I might be able to unlock it via the JP1 connector.


Drop me a line off-line if you're interested.


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I Fixed it. You guys won't believe this. Panasonic had the code set and device buttons PHYSICALLY DISABLED by putting a piece of cloth tape on the contact pads of the circuit board. I made my own JP1 connector today, cloned the configuration of my good remote and blasted it to the bad one, and the symptoms remained the same. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/mad.gif Then I cracked open the remote and VOILA! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/eek.gif THERE WAS WHITE TAPE CRAP OVER THE CONTACTS FOR THESE BUTTONS! I ripped that stuff off and now I'm one happy couch tater http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/cool.gif Am I the first guy in this forum to run across this? This is good info for new owners that just bought demo units.
 

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Here I was hoping to find some secret code that they used to lock the thing up and then post the secret instructions on the web for getting out of it, but it never occurred to me to think "simply stupid".


Good going.


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