I've got a Sony MDS-JB980. I've created my CCF for it, and all the commands work when i use them from my screens.
However, when i try to create a macro to turn on the deck and start recording (so i can create a timer macro to record programmes off the radio), the deck doesn't want to know. Sometimes the deck will power on, but i cannot get it to record whatever i try.
I'm only aliasing to the buttons on the screens so i can't figure out why it's not working.
I've made a macro button. I've added delays (there's 10 f******** seconds between power on & rec and it still does nothing) till i'm blue in the face. I've flogged away trying everythign i can think of for two days. And done manually it doesn't ake that long to get record started). There's not point making a timer button to activate the record macro yet as the record macro doesn't work as a stand alone event.
1) The codes ALL work perfectly when used manually from the panels in the MD part of the ccf. They don't need re-learning - when i checked them
2) The macro's I've created have aliased to the learned codes on the MD panels
I've tried learning the codes directly into the macro. I've tried using delays of various lengths. I KNOW the learned codes are good. Yet when used in a macro (whether timed or not) they don't perform as they should.
No-one can have moved the remote becuase i've not even set a timer at the moment - I'm just trying to get a sequence that when I press the button in the macro list, powers on the MD, presses Record and then Play to start recording. There's no point bothering with timers until the macro can do that
I have read, where very occasionally, some gear needs a delay to start off the macro. I have NO idea why. You might try it.
If your codes are 100% reliable individually, the macro should work once the delay timing is adjusted. I agree 10 seconds seems way too long. Not trying to be offensive, but if the above doesn't work, I'd try rechecking my aliases. As far as how long the delay between commands should be, use your MD panel buttons, press power, wait 5 seconds and press record. That should give you an idea as to whether 5 seconds between commands is a long enough delay.
Also check if there's a code on the DEVICE. I had a similar problem until I found out the standard Philips VCR device sends a magical code when selected, that is quite necessary. If there is such a code, try and prefix every command with that code: first alias to the device, then alias to the button.
Also just because the buttons works when you press them by themselfs. Does not mean they are clean. Some codes, which I've delt with myself, work but when in a macro they don't work. Because they are not clean enough.
If you placed what you have in the macro here in detail, maybe we can have a better understanding of how this is working, or not.
Also, what remote are you using with what Sony deck?
You might try manualy adjusting the timing of the output. I have found that sometimes the remote has a carrier frequency that is so far off from the receiver frequency that if they are not reproduced exactly then the activation of the code will be intermittent. When you push the button on the remote the activation code is sent repeatedly until you release the button. If the carrier frequency is off then one of the many activation codes that are received will activate the device. However when you activate a macro, only one activation will be sent. (This is only true of certain devices, i.e. a stewart theater IR controller that I have does this) in order to correct the problem the value represented in the first 4 bytes of the IR code will be modified, in my case it was to change this from a 0000 006d (approx 40khz) do a 0000 00 0070 (approx 38khz) before I could get reliable operation of the screen from within a macro. As well I noticed the the value that was learned and placed here was dependant upon room temperature and battery levels for the remotes. So, I would imagine that the same issues apply to the receivers as well, although one might believe that the receivers are more stable, it does not apply where inexpensive receiver units are used, particularly where a mechanical device (ala the stewart theater screen) they tend to be way outside of the nominal 10%.
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