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Sony Home Theatre System and a Comcast remote...HELP!
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Post 1 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 20:04
justmeee
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Hello all knowing. I'm trying to get my Comcast DVR (DCT 3412 1) remote to control the volume of my brand new Sony Home Theatre system (DAV-HDX589W). I've tried programing every 5 digit code that comcast has for sony products at least 3 times now with no luck. I talk to sony support, they say it is comcast ... I talk to comcast, they say I need to get the codes from sony.

HELP!!!
Post 2 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 22:08
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There is no built in code to control your HT. So, it's gonna take some work on your part, but you can manually enter in the Extended Function Codes (EFC) for any function on the below list (taken from a DAV-HDX500) and assign it to a key of your choosing. First use setup code 31758, presumably on the AUX button. Assign any of the functions in the list by following the 994 EFC keymove instructions here: www.hifi-remote.com/forums/viewtopic.php.  

You can test the functions (which is quicker) by pressing setup and then entering the EFC.  The remote will send the command when the last digit is keyed in, and hopefully your HT system will respond.  Try this first with an obvious function like Vol+.  The functions listed (including the number keys) below which don't have an associated EFC can't be sent with the Comcast remote.

Function                         EFC
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Function

44750

Pause

16078

Play

16590

Stop

17102

DVD Play

16590

Function

44750

Pause

16078

Play

16590

Sound Field –

44494

Stop

17102

Tune –

41934

Tune +

40142

Tuner Menu

41422

Dynamic bass

53198

Movie/Music

52430

Video Format

16846

Tools

28110

Sound Field+

45518

Sound Field+

44494

Display

53199

DVD

61391

Mute

33743

Power

32719

Power Off (discrete)

40399

Power On (discrete)

41423

Sleep

13007

Tuner

07887

Volume Down

31951

Volume Up

32975

Tuner

48591

Satellite/Video2

65999

Video 1

08399

DVD Angle

14236

DVD Audio

15260

DVD Clear

50588

DVD Disc Skip

58780

DVD Display

39836

DVD Menu

02204

DVD Open/Close

35228

DVD Pause

59036

DVD Play Mode

42140

DVD Repeat

43932

DVD Return

51612

DVD Setup

38044

DVD Stop

60060

DVD Subtitle

13468

DVD Time

43676

DVD Title

02204

Theater Sync

43333

TV Power

34629

TV Input

10053

0

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

Angle

 

Audio

 

Clear

 

Disc Skip

 

Down

 

DVD Display

 

DVD Menu/Album +

 

DVD Top Menu

 

Enter

 

Fast Forward/Tuning Up

 

Left

 

Preset +

 

Open/Close

 

Preset -

 

Return

 

Rewind/Tuning Down

 

Right

 

Search Forward

 

Search Reverse

 

Select, Enter (for cursor keys)

Shuffle

 

Subtitle / d. Tuning

 

Up

 

Picture Navi

 

Advance

 

Replay

 

Last edited by 3FG on December 31, 2009 22:33.
OP | Post 3 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 23:26
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Awesome .... that did it! I still think it's time for a Harmony 1 any day now though!

Thanks for you help on this!
OP | Post 4 made on Thursday December 31, 2009 at 23:38
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I spoke too soon ...yes, now when I press the aux button, it will control the volume on the HT, but when I try to program the same keys on the "cable" button (so I don't have to switch to aux everytime I want to adjust the volume), it won't take. I go through the same procedures, but it will not work with the cable volume buttons. The light blinks twice and it looks like it will work, but no dice.
Post 5 made on Friday January 1, 2010 at 04:22
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These remotes have a feature called Volume Punch Through. Most cable boxes have no useful volume function, and the remote is setup by default to make the Vol+, Vol-, and Mute buttons actually control the TV device. You probably can notice the TV button lighting up when you press one of those buttons while in CBL mode.

Change the VPT to point at the AUX device.

Press Setup until 2 blinks
Enter 993 (should get 2 blinks)
Press AUX (AUX should blink twice)

Now pressing Vol+, Vol-, or Mute in any device mode will act as if the remote were in AUX mode.

This programming is described in the remote's instruction sheet, downloadable from www.urcsupport.com/index.php.

BTW, trying to assign those EFCs to the cable button wouldn't have worked even if VPT were disabled, because the EFCs are chosen to work with the 31758 code rather than the 01376 setup code on the CBL button.  You would need to first temporarily setup 31758 on the cable button, do the 994 EFC assignment, and then restore the 01376 setup code.  And to change the CBL setup code, the Cable Lock feature would need to be disabled using 982.    (Comcast doesn't want you to accidentally change that CBL setup code.)
Post 6 made on Saturday January 23, 2010 at 14:50
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Some of the EFCs are missing above.. Does anyone know where I can find them? Like the preset+ and preset-??

Thank you.
Post 7 made on Saturday January 23, 2010 at 17:48
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I didn't list the EFCs for quite a few of the functions, because a stock Comcast remote with a red Select/OK button simply can't generate Sony IR signals which are sent to device 16.16, so while the EFCs are known, you can't use them. Well, you could enter them in, but unless you have a Sony DVD changer, they won't do anyting.

Your choices are to get a grey button Comcast remote (a downgrade for the most part), buy a remote that has setup code Audio 1658, 1858 or Video 1903, 1981, or get a JP1 cable which would allow you to upload an upgrade to your Comcast remote.

The JP1 cable costs $35 shipped. The most obvious replacement remote is the RCA RCRP05B ($20 at Best Buy) but there are quite a few older models which will fit the bill, including Atlas remotes provided by many other cable companies. A OneForAll URC-8820 or 10820 is another fairly new remote which will work.

The JP1 cable offers the most flexibility. For example, a Comcast remote actually has 4 devices built-in, even though there are only CBL, TV and AUX buttons. I control 6 components with a Comcast remote, by using all 4 devices. And you don't have to enter a bunch of 5 digit EFCs; you just send them in from a computer file. Of course, there is a learning curve as you find out all the possible ways you can set up a remote.
Post 8 made on Sunday January 24, 2010 at 00:00
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My sony device does have a DVD changer, do you think I would have better luck(without buying the cable or another remote)?

Thanks so much!
Post 9 made on Sunday January 24, 2010 at 01:21
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Here's where to get the information I'm using.

1) Sony codes. hifi-remote.com/sony.  The Comcast remotes can send any 12 or 15 bit protocol command.  For 20 bit commands, it can send 26.73 and 26.98, 26.250, 26.11, and 25.11.  Actually, it can send any ??.73, for example, where ?? stands for a number between 0 and 31, but probably only 16 and 26 have utility for your system.

2) The capability of the remote is shown at www.hifi-remote.com/jp1/lookup/.  A red button Comcast is a 1067BX3 JP1.3 remote, and the protocol you are interested in is Sony 12/15/20 Combo.

3) I get the EFCs from a program called RemoteMaster v 1.97, available free at www.hifi-remote.com/forums/viewforum.php, using this upgrade www.hifi-remote.com/forums/dload.php.  The upgrade is a little tricky to use, because it arranged the subdevices as 16, 73, but setup code 31758 is arranged as 73, 98. 

Now, in looking up these links, I noticed that Sony receivers use the 12 bit protocol, device 13 to send tuner commands.  You may want to try EFCs Preset+ 35445 and Preset- 34421.  It might work.
Post 10 made on Sunday February 7, 2010 at 00:34
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Thank you for this! I got the basics set up (volume, play, pause, power) and just need to set up forward and rewind (more of an issue when playing my ipod through the system than anything else). I didn't see a code that seemed to relate to forward (fast forward, next, whatever) or rewind (back). Do you happen to know what I should use?

Thanks again for the help!
Post 11 made on Sunday February 7, 2010 at 12:29
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Well, perhaps it isn't obvious, but based on unofficial information (see item 1 in post #9), the IR signals needed to send e.g. rewind to a Sony HT system can't be generated using a Comcast remote. I've tried to explain why in posts #7 and #9. #7 mentions a few other remotes which will work.

If you want to experiment, you could try the Sony codes for DVD players. To do that, you can use AUX setup code 20533 (assuming you have a red OK/Select button). Any button for which you've already done a 994 keymove will still send the IR signal specified by the keymove. Other buttons will send Sony DVD signals.
Post 12 made on Sunday February 21, 2010 at 18:53
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Hello,

Please excuse me as I am a "newbie", but is there another code for "Open/Close" for the Sony HTIB (to use w/the Comcast "red" button remote)?

I have tried the code 35228, but this does not seem to work. Also, any other possible tricks to get the FF/RW for DVD function to work?

P.S. Thanks so much for all the other codes, this was a nightmare until I found this thread!!!
Post 13 made on Sunday February 21, 2010 at 22:59
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Really, the best way to get these functions to work is to invest $20 in a different remote. The RCA-RCRP05B, OneForAll URC-8820 or 10820 remotes are all less than $20. The RCA can be picked up at BestBuy, and all are available through the Internet.

Use Setup code Audio 1658 (with these remotes, drop the leading 3 from the setup codes).
I think that nearly all the functions will work without entering EFCs, but the remotes use the same sort of EFC programming as the Comcast remote. If you do buy one of these, the above EFCs will still work, but we'll have to post the EFCs for device 16.16 functions. Let us know if we need to post them.
Post 14 made on Sunday February 21, 2010 at 23:46
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Thanks 3FG,

Currently I have three remotes programmed for my living room system:

(Sony HT-C800DP Home Theater "In A Box", Samsung LCD TV, w/Motorola HD cable box).

I have the "older" Comcast (w/grey OK button) set up, runs all TV functions, but limited DVD functions.

I have programmed the newer "red button" model w/the above EFC codes, and this enjoys much wider functions (except FF/RW for DVD).

I also have an Atlas 1056BG01, which does even more; w/above programming it does everything except "Open/Close". If I could get this last code to enter, I could make this remote "user friendly" for the family. I would love to program a macros to switch from TV to DVD, and have it do everything including open the tray!

Thanks for your help, I'll look at the recommended remotes. Any good learning remotes you recommend?
Post 15 made on Monday February 22, 2010 at 01:18
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The remotes I recommended above are learning remotes.

However, you have an Atlas! It should have setup code Audio 1658 built-in. All of the above codes should work also work with 1658, just like they do with 1758. In addition, the following EFCs should work with 1658, but not 1758.
1  19150
2  18126
3  18638
4  17614
5  19406
6  18382
7  18894
8  17870
9  51918
0, 10/0  50894
Enter  52174
>10  51150
Clear  50638
Subtitle  34510
Audio  35022
Angle  33998
DVD Display  02766
DVD Top Menu/Album –  01742
DVD Menu/Album +  02254
Search Reverse  10446
Search Forward  09422
Play Mode  10702
Shuffle  43214
Program  42190
Repeat  43982
Repeat  42958
Previous/Preset Down  27342
Next/Preset Up  26318
Play  26830
Rewind/Tuning Down  25806
Fast Forward/Tuning Up  27598

Stop

 60110

Pause

 59086

Repeat A-B

58574

Open/Close  60366
Disc Skip  59854
Name  05326
Up  64206
Down  63182
Left  63694
Right  62670
Select, Enter (for cursor keys)  64462
Return  63438
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