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Post 34 made on Thursday May 3, 2007 at 20:56
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May 2007
On March 4, 2006 at 17:02, gfxstar said...
I originally purchased this MegaChanger and afterward
read all about the frustration that some of the users
had. You could imagine how I felt post purchase I just
had the machine a few days and was already regretting

So what I did was spend the time to load up the disc info
in the Disc Explorer, then created a spreadsheet of all
the DVD listings. With the spreadsheet I sorted the genre
by color and keep the sheet on the cocktail table (for
reference purposes only).

My buddy bragged about his Harmony 659 so I borrowed it
to see what it could do, and I was very satified at the
possibility of this remote. I was able to set this guy
up and import my DVD listing to the remote (a la Pronto
but without the pics , which by the way surprised me completely
-it doesn't take much). The Harmony 659 also uploaded
my TV listings to the remote (sweet).

I've heard alot about the Pronto remote and wanted it
badly, but I just could not justify the cost, instead
I bought a Harmony 880 (with $30 rebate at Amazon) and
had it programmed similar to the recommendation for the

This Harmony remote also allowed me to input my entire
DVD collection to the Remote. It sorts the DVD listing
alphabetically. Except this guy did not support uploading
the TV lising (Boooo!)

When I start the "Watch a DVD" activity (which starts
up the Sony DVP) I have the remote programmed to pause
for 20 seconds then send a Stop command, this brings DVP
to the Standby screen at start up (simple enough).

I previously had it setup to send a Stop command then
Folder command which put me in the Disc Explorer screen.
The problem was that when the Sony DVP is in Disc Explorer
mode the commands are different than when in StandBy mode
and when you load a disc from the DVD listing on the remote
the remote sends the commands and the DVP tries to load
the active disk from the Disc Explorer screen. (Not good.)

At this point we don't even use the Sony Disc explorer.
We search the remote for the DVD and load it from there.
When I get a new DVD I update the DVD spreasheet I created
and reload it back to the remote via Logitech's website.

I was kinda frustrated when I first got the Sony DVP CX-995V
(after reading the negative posts) but the Harmony remote
was able to tame the Sony so I am happy with the purchase
for now at least.

The Harmony 880 remote is NOT perfect and I'm still working
out the kinks in it but at a minimum my family can run
the MegaChanger without trouble. I don't have little ones
(anymore) so we don't really need the pics like the Pronto.

I hope this helps.

I just bought the 880 and even though I tell it I have a Sony DVP-cx985v the remote will not work my unit? Any thoughts

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