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UEI Watch + Insiginia TV
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Post 1 made on Wednesday April 19, 2006 at 22:19
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I've got this UEI Remote Control Watch...
[Link: thinkgeek.com] (UEI's site has no description on the "Watch" page)
and I can't for the life of me get it to work with my Best Buy Insignia TV! It's a 20" flat tube, model NS-20FTV ([Link: bestbuy.com])

Does anybody have any idea what code would work with my watch? I've tried the "learn" mode, but after about 50 unsuccessful code attempts, I gave up.
Post 2 made on Thursday April 20, 2006 at 12:55
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You can download a manual for your watch remote here:
[Link: rockabilly.net]

I looked up the code for Insignia sets and the standard code appears to be TV/0463. Comparing the which brands normally use that code with the brands listed in the watch remote manual, I'm guessing that TV/1234 is the right code for you.
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OP | Post 3 made on Thursday April 20, 2006 at 19:53
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That's the code I guessed too, but no dice. :(
Post 4 made on Thursday April 20, 2006 at 20:11
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Some insignia TV's use the mitsubishi tv codes, so give them a try.
Post 5 made on Thursday April 20, 2006 at 20:26
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Some Insignia's use the TV/0054 code, which is TV/1132 in your watch.
I have an upgrade for another Insignia which uses yet another code (for which I can't find a good match in the UEI codes) which leads me to believe that the "Insignia" sets are just re-badge jobs of lots of other sets. If this is the case, then there's a good chance that there's a matching code in there somewhere.

You mentioned that you've tried to use learning, but have you tried to code search function? To search for a code, turn your TV on and ...

1) Press TV
2) Hold SETUP, 2 flashes
3) Enter 552 (ie, MUTE, VOL-, VOL-), 2 flashes
4) Press POWER (if your TV turns off, press SETUP to store the code)
5) Press TV to advance to the next code and skip back to step 4.
Rob.
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OP | Post 6 made on Friday April 21, 2006 at 09:00
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Tried 1132, still nothing... :|
By learn mode, I meant code search, and after about 50 loops through step 4/5, I gave up.
Thanks everybody, I think I may just have to give up altogether. At least I'll be able to change the channel at my friends and parents' house...
Post 7 made on Friday April 21, 2006 at 19:49
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If you want, you could send me your original Insignia remote and I'll capture the signals to see what they look like, so at least you'll know what you're looking for. I will then compare the signals to the standard UEI setup codes to see if there's a match. If there is a match, I'll look to see what brands use the matching code and you can then try the corresponding codes for those brands as listed in the watch's manual.
Rob.
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Post 8 made on Friday April 21, 2006 at 20:01
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The only universal remotes with a insignia brand listed in the manual I've seen is the URC R5 & R7, that code doesn't match any UEI code.
Post 9 made on Friday April 21, 2006 at 22:50
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Hey Edmund, the first 2 Insignia upgrades that we have in the JP1 group are clones of existing codes, which tends to imply that Insignia is a re-badging brand, so even though other universals might not have Insignia listed, it doesn't mean that there isn't a good code for the set in the remote, it's just a question of finding it.
Rob.
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OP | Post 10 made on Saturday April 22, 2006 at 09:11
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Thanks Rob, but I only have that one remote, and I don't know if I could go without it... but thank you much for your generosity.
Post 11 made on Saturday April 22, 2006 at 14:39
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Understood. Your next best option then is to buy a JP1 compatible learning remote and JP1 cable. You could use this combo to capture and decode the signals from the Insignia remote. I could then use this info to do the comparison thing.

I can sell you a URC-8910 remote for $20, plus a JP1 cable for $15. Domestic postage is $4 giving you a grand total of $39, plus at the end of the day, you'll have a totally customizable, PC programmable, remote that you can use to work your HT system.
Rob.
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Post 12 made on Saturday April 22, 2006 at 14:56
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On April 21, 2006 at 22:50, The Robman said...
Hey Edmund, the first 2 Insignia upgrades that
we have in the JP1 group are clones of existing
codes, which tends to imply that Insignia is a
re-badging brand, so even though other universals
might not have Insignia listed, it doesn't mean
that there isn't a good code for the set in the
remote, it's just a question of finding it.

You missed the meaning of my post, insignia tv's seemed to fall into 4 different camps, ones that use the Admiral/Emerson code, or Mitsubishi Tv code, or Philips, and a unknown. The R5 & R7 seemed to have this unknown one preset. Because I know for sure it doesn't matched any of the other brands.
OP | Post 13 made on Saturday April 22, 2006 at 17:19
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My PDA has an infrared reciever on it, if I download some remote software with a "learning" feature, could you use that data for a comparison?
Post 14 made on Sunday April 23, 2006 at 21:41
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Possibly, but I would have to study the file format to see if I can make sense of it, and that requires a greater time commitment that I have available. Sorry.
Rob.
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OP | Post 15 made on Monday April 24, 2006 at 10:49
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No problemo, actually now that I have the Remote software on my PDA, I find that I'm using it much more than when I'm wearing a watch! Heck, I only bought the thing to use as a TV remote, I'll just give it to my brother, he has real televisions. That mobiiPocket software is good stuff. Jeez, and the IR range is fantastic on my Axim x30!

Thanks a ton for your help!!


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