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I've been using it nightly since who knows when and the conductivity under the select button just stopped working. Maybe it got worn away after all that time. I opened it up and glued a tiny piece of aluminum foil under the select button and that worked for a couple of months but now it's acting flaky. I think the foil fell off the bottom of the rubber pad or something and now makes contact without the button being pressed sometimes. I'd open it back up and re-glue it but I mangled the thing the first time I opened it. Does anyone know of an inexpensive replacement remote that would work for a showstopper? Should I just buy a new one from Replay? Thanks.
 

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You can buy a new original Showstopper remote on eBay for just $21, including batteries. There are some on there right now listed at $15, with a Buy It Now of $21.00.
 

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As is the inexpensive EBAY showstopper remotes are limited to control of the replay only. In other words TV, VCR and Sat buttons are disabled.


If you are interested in a fully functional OEM remote at a higher price, I offer them at my replay parts web site.
 

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As is the inexpensive EBAY showstopper remotes are limited to control of the replay only. In other words TV, VCR and Sat buttons are disabled.
Really?!? The one I bought a few months ago works flawlessly, TV and VCR functions included. It's absolutely identical to my original Showstopper remote except it says "ReplayTV" on it.
 

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some of the showstopper remotes were disabled.


Others had functions for TV / Replay (just like the 50xx series), or TV/VCR/Replay.


So, mikeboy is not 'fibbing'... and the remotes he has are FULL FUNCTION- meaning you can program ANY device with the JP1 connector in it.


John
 

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So basically there are no $10 replacement remotes at Target or something that will control a replay?
 

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So basically there are no $10 replacement remotes at Target or something that will control a replay?
lots of remotes say they will... for example I bought a GE remote at office max for 9$... free after rebate.... that says it will... and it kinda does, except it won't "enter" or "select" (!!!)... so it's worthless.


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I just replaced our showstopper remote with a radio shack one

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=15%2D2103


5-in-1 Smart Remote Control with Four Genre Keys


$16.99 Brand: RadioShack

Catalog #: 15-2103 Model: 15-2103



It's not perfect, it does have built in support for replaytv (under vcr), however I had to reprogram a few buttons, since the remote default doesnt seem to have Instant Replay, QUICKSKIP or the REPLAY GUIDE or REPLAY ZONE buttons assigned.. (I reprogrammed the FF, RW and TV/VCR buttons to those missing functions), I then put the replay RR,FF and Replay Zones, under those same buttons under the AUX control.. I don't really use the original FF/REW buttons all that much anyway, so putting them under another function works for me. The menu button does let you get to all the Replay TV Zone/guide/setup functions so missing the ReplayZones isn't a huge issue either, Other buttons are there under the default setting, they are just in slightly odd places, i.e. JUMP is under the LAST button, etc..


the one thing I like about this remote over the orig one, is the fact the keys light up.. thats very handy.. compared to the original showstopper remote this is a huge benefit..
 

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Thanks, that's good to know about. Thanks to everyone who replied.
 

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Originally posted by Mikeyboy The inexpensive EBAY showstopper remotes with disabled TV, VCR etc is disclosed in the item description. [/b]
You are correct sir. I've got to learn to read the fine print.
 

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Yeah, I noticed that too. I'd hate not to be able to use the tv control on the replay remote so I think those ebay ones are out for me. I'll take a look at that Radio shack one and if that one looks like it won't be easy to use I'll go to the Mikey site.
 

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Yeah, I noticed that too. I'd hate not to be able to use the tv control on the replay remote so I think those ebay ones are out for me. I'll take a look at that Radio shack one and if that one looks like it won't be easy to use I'll go to the Mikey site.
For the most part its pretty easy.. and everything works using the default setting for Replaytv, except for the fact that the Instant Replay, Quick Skip, Replay Guide and Replay Zones buttons are not mapped to any buttons with the default setting for a ReplayTV device (vcr).. for those specific buttons you can "learn" them ontop of existing ones.. like I said in my other post, I mapped them to the FF, REW, TV/VCR buttons since I am less likely to use those original functions. (I should note, under the TV mode of the remote, the tv/vcr button works as it should, its only under the VCR "mode" its remapped)
 

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The Robmans has a lot of remote info here http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...520#post276520


The inexpensive EBAY showstopper remotes with disabled TV, VCR etc is disclosed in the item description.
Is there any visible difference between the Full-function 2k/3k/SS remotes and the crippled ones?


And/Or is there any "tests" for determining the feature/function level?


Kinnd of curious because I had bought a spare 2k/3k/SS remote ("just, in-case...") off of ebay ages ago - and I don't recall any disclamers (yes, I always do read the fine print...), don't recall the price either; just that it was a new SS remote w/ "AT&T" branding inked into the "palm" area (below the small black buttons at the bottom) It does have a JP-1 connector, but I've never hooked it up.
 

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I bought two of the remotes from e-bay and asked the person who was selling them if he knew how they had been disabled, he replied that the other functions had been disabled by putting tape on the printed circuit board inside where the other function buttons would normally touch and I could make them fully functional by CAREFULLY opening them up and removing the tape! I followed his instructions and I now have 2 fully functional replay remotes!
 

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I bought two of the remotes from e-bay and asked the person who was selling them if he knew how they had been disabled, he replied that the other functions had been disabled by putting tape on the printed circuit board inside where the other function buttons would normally touch and I could make them fully functional by CAREFULLY opening them up and removing the tape! I followed his instructions and I now have 2 fully functional replay remotes!
*LAUGH*


I was expecting different programming on the chip in the remote, or mabey even a PCB that was "missing" a few jumper traces, but never freaking-scotch-tape!


*chuckle*


I'm gonna go grab a screwdriver and some shims...


Thanks.
 

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Just FYI, the One For All URC-6131 can be had from places like Circuit City for around $18 or $19 and has loads of PVR specific buttons, including IR and QS.


And yes it's true, the "demo mode" Replay remotes simply have a piece of tape on the PCB over the device button contacts. If you need help opening up one of these remotes (and it can be difficult) go here:

http://www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/disassemble/
 

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Thanks Robman, thats good to know... I was not thrilled that most of the inexpensive remotes I was looking at had no such buttons or even extra "function" buttons I could remap..


Now I just have to bring my self into going into a Circuit City.. thats a whole other thing..
 

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....Now I just have to bring my self into going into a Circuit City.. thats a whole other thing..
Can you stand going to Radio Shack? They have them also, with similar pricing.
 

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yes, it's true that the demo remotes on ebay can be made fully

functional! i got both my showstopper and my demo remote on

ebay, and with all the upgrades and hacks available, i thought i'd

research the demo remote. when i saw this thread, i decided to

open up my remote, and as mentioned in another post, there's

just 2 pieces of tape inside that prevent the universal remote

buttons from working.


but a few words of caution...getting into the remote was like breaking

into fort knox. i used a few small, thin screwdrivers i had and it's

diffucult to separate the halfs of the remote without scratching the

remote all up. find the link on a previous post for instructions on how

to take the remote apart, but still expect to get several scratches on

your remote. taking the tape off is easy, and after i re-assembled the

remote, i took a sharp knife to smooth out the scratches i made.


overall, it'll take 15 minutes and save you a few bucks if you get the

demo remote. good luck!
 
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