I think I finally got mine to work...I sent x10 an email and here is there reply below. When I set it up like they suggested it seems to work for now. I hope this helps.
"If you wish to try and get the VCR Commander to work, here is some
information for you.
Remove the batteries, if you've got them - they're not necessary - and
unplug the power. This will drain the capacitor, basically resetting
unit. Let it sit for about five minutes, and then plug it back in.
worry about the batteries for now, you can always put them in later.
Make sure the IR extender cable is not attached; it has to be
in order to program the IR functions. Next, press and hold down the
button. The light will go solid. This puts the unit into learning mode.
choose the button you want to program. We suggest learning two buttons
RECORD and STOP.
With the red LED on the UX21A solid, press the RECORD button. The light
blink about five times, and then go solid again. At this point, take
remote and press the record button. (Note: on some remotes, you may
press RECORD twice to send the command.) You're probably going to have
hold down the RECORD button on your remote. Keep holding it until the
blinks out momentarily, and then goes solid. You've just learned the
Next, press the STOP button on the UX21A. The LED will blink five
then go solid again. Press and hold the STOP button on your VCR remote,
the light will momentarily blink out, and then go solid again. That's
end of the IR programming - just wait for the light to time out, and
be done with programming the IR.
Once the light has gone out, it's time to set the LEARN MS feature. MS
stands for Motion Sensor, although any RF X10 command would work. Press
hold down LEARN MS until the light goes solid, and the press the ON or
button on your EagleEye or Hawkeye motion sensor. The LED on the UX21A
should immediately go out. That's it - plug in the IR emitter cable,
turn on the VCR. When the UX21A gets a signal from the motion sensor,
will send the RECORD command, and five minutes later, send the STOP
We commonly recommend that you take the power command out of the
and just run "record & stop". With this set up, you will need to leave
power to the VCR on all the time, but you will receive generally better
I hope this has helped you out.
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