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Potential problem with rechargeable batteries?
This thread has 23 replies. Displaying posts 16 through 24.
Post 16 made on Monday March 26, 2007 at 12:25
jlet
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I have a 659 and use NiMH without problem. Your either have a faulty 659 or you have a loose battery connection problem. Add a thicker piece of foam on the back of the battery door. Also make sure you use the latest Firmware version (4.1 or at least 3.0).
H659, H680, SA8300HD, TH-50PZ850, AVR-X4000
Post 17 made on Monday March 26, 2007 at 19:35
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Thanks. :) I have an original Harmony 659 (SST-659), made before Logitech acquired Harmony. Will there be any issues with new firmware with it? Given the hoopla over the new web site interface, I'm kinda reluctant to connect to it to see what firmware I have now. :)
Post 18 made on Tuesday March 27, 2007 at 11:54
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Yes if you were using activity multiple device commands on a single key. You will loose them.
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Post 19 made on Sunday January 6, 2008 at 11:22
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My 550 and two 768s (I think) even my old original 'EasyZapper.com' remotes all work quite well on rechargable NiMH batteries.

Last night the current set in the 550 apparently died and somewhere along the line the remote now boots to 'Safe Mode' Recharge batteries overnight (200ma charge rate, nice & slow) Still, remote boots to 'Safe Mode'.

So I try this trick, pressing the number two button, while powering on (which other threads indicate this how one upgrades the firmware. And it worked a treat.

Thankfully now I do not have to plug into USB, and go spelunking the logitech site for my profile, and most importantly no call to tech support.




On January 26, 2007 at 12:25, sd_smoker said...
I just wanted to update this thread in case anyone with
a similar problem stumbles across it. My rechargeables
just died after another month or so and I had the same
problem as I reported in my initial post. After fiddling
around for a while I stumbled across a solution that appears
to work every time. When the remote locks up all I have
to do is take the batteries out, put three fresh batteries
back in, then hold down "2" while replacing the last battery.
No idea why it works, but it does.
Post 20 made on Monday May 12, 2008 at 10:14
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Well 5 Months later, and the 550 has caused more consternation.

Come home from mothers day brunch to find the 550 in Xbox Media Center activity. I press activities - nothing happens.
Cycle power - unit boots normally. Except refuses to obey any button push. No change to LCD at all, and never transmits anything.
Swap batteries - nothing
Cycle power & hold down 2 key. - nothing
Fire up pc & update remote via Logitech site - nothing
Cycle power & hold down 2 key - nothing.
Put remote in freezer.
Call wife ask her to pick up alkalines on way home
After finally finding remote - put alkalines in cold remote - nothing.

Arrrghhh!

THWACK! = Me banging remote on coffee table for a little kinetic fine adjustment.

Lo and behold, remote is back to it's normal self.

Think I'll pick up a spare.
Post 21 made on Monday August 11, 2008 at 10:24
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On March 26, 2007 at 10:10, jrh said...
My 659 was working fine until about a month ago. Then,
I began using rechargeble NiMH batteries. They only lasted
about a week. I put in another set and only got a few
days. I then went back to Duracell alkaline batteries,
and now even they won't last more than a couple of days!
Of course, I don't know the exact time frame for all this,
as I wasn't anticipating any problems. The bottom line
is that now, no set of batteries, whether alkaline or
NiMH, will last more than 2-3 days. Did using the NiMH
batteries cause some circuitry in the 659 to fail? Any
ideas as to what's going on? TIA.

Exactly the Same problem here, Jrh.
My 659 was working fine for 1 year with NiMH, and then 2 weeks ago the batteries life dropped drastically. Even with brand new NiMH set, the remote works now for 1 HOUR or two before displaying the "Replace batteries" message. With four new alkalines, it works for a day and then the message "replace batteries" appears. Have updated to the last firmware in safe mode, nothing's changed.
Any ideas ???? Thanks in advance.
Post 22 made on Monday August 11, 2008 at 12:54
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The firmware is FUBAR - it's stuck in a loop using battery power. Reload it.
Post 23 made on Monday August 11, 2008 at 17:47
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Ive updated the firmware in safe mode for the second time, and I've noticed no change in battery life.
The harmony software give no other choice than updating to the last firwmare version. I can't tell which firmware version it is.
Post 24 made on Tuesday August 12, 2008 at 08:44
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Doesn't matter the version - reloading it should have fixed it if that was the problem. Sounds like a hardware problem.
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