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Suddenly my devices freak out when nothing has changed...
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Post 1 made on Sunday January 29, 2012 at 20:45
verhoeha
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Yesterday, I noticed my cable remote was not responding well. I figured the batteries died so I replaced them. This did not solve the problem. We called the cable company and the told us to pick up a new remote. Still problem. They replaced the cable box. Still problem.

During the testing, I discovered my TV was also acting up. I hit the volume down button ( for example ) and it will go in multiple steps or even go right down to zero even thought I only hit it once. Cable box is behaving the same way.

Either the component dies not respond at all or it goes crazy like I hit the buttons multiple times.

We tried operating the items right up close. No fix. Tried with the tv off. No fix. Turned off all lights that may be causing interference. No fix.

I am somewhat at a loss as we didn't change anything. No new component, no new light, no new phone. Nothing.

Any ideas at all what may cause this or how to diagnose the root cause so I can fix it????

Many thanks.
OP | Post 2 made on Sunday January 29, 2012 at 20:52
verhoeha
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I just wish to add, this setup has been working for me without issue for over a year..

Thanks again
Post 3 made on Sunday January 29, 2012 at 23:53
BillFromGI
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Do you live in an apartment complex? Maybe your neighbor from across the way is pointing his remote at your TV? :-)
OP | Post 4 made on Monday January 30, 2012 at 11:47
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We did consider this. We live in a townhome and the components are up against the neighbour's adjoining wall ... so, we did go over and ask if she had recently installed anything against the wall or nearby... no dice.
OP | Post 5 made on Monday January 30, 2012 at 11:50
verhoeha
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We may have located the issue, however.
I read in another area about devices emitting IR signals and flooding the devices and confusing them... so, on a whim, I took all of my remotes and stuck them in a drawer so they can't be sending a signal... voila! the problem stopped.

We changed the batteries in all of the remotes and we now store them in their holders "emitter down".

It has been 12 hours with no issues so far... fingers crossed that was it.
Either that, or by coincidence, whatever interference was causing the problem stopped around the same time I tried this!.

Thanks!
Post 6 made on Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 03:06
Ernie Gilman
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Get those remotes out and look at them through you phone's camera or other digital camera. Most digital cameras see IR as white, so if a remote is outputting, you'll see it.

I hate IR because it's a color I can't see.
A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw
Post 7 made on Tuesday January 31, 2012 at 12:47
Audiophiliac
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I agree with Ernie. I think we should use lasers instead of infrared. :)
"When I eat, it is the food that is scared." - Ron Swanson
Post 8 made on Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 23:53
Ernie Gilman
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High Power!
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