Post 1 made on Wednesday December 29, 1999 at 00:14
Historic Forum Post
After finally growing disgusted with the idea of getting a mid-range Sony universal remote, despite their otherwise fine design, due simply to the fact that they can operate the menu on a Sony VCR, but NOT any other kind (or so their web site seems to indicate), I got a Cinema 7 IQ this Christmas, and am quite please with its versatility.
After much fiddling, I have discovered a trick which I do not believe I have seen referenced anywhere else...and I HAVE looked. This trick allows one to have at least partial control of far more than the 7 devices it is supposed to control.
Here is a simple example of how to have the functionality of two devices programmed onto one device key. Let's assume for the sake of argument that one is a TV, and one is a VCR, and that you want both programmed into the TV device key. Let us further assume that you only need minimal control of the VCR. (play, stop, record, rewind, fast forward, pause, and power).
1. Set the TV button to the TV's device code. 2. Set the VCR button to the VCR's device code. 3. Use the 994 code to move the needed VCR functions to buttons in the TV mode. (for example, put VCR power on shift-power in TV mode with TV*SETUP*_**9*9*4**VCR*POWER*SETUP*POWER**) 4. Here's where the trick comes in: You can configure 6 other devices on the remaining device keys INCLUDING the VCR key. Even if you change the device type (via 992) and device code on the VCR key, the functions you copied to keys in TV mode will still function perfectly.
The method could, in theory, be used to make a power on/off macro for about 36 different devices before running out of memory.
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