[mythtv-users] OT: MCE Remote

Michael MacLeod mikemacleod at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 00:39:15 UTC 2007

I have successfully opened an MCE remote. Several times, actually. That logo
is very easy to remove, and replacing it with a penguin logo would be very
easy as well. I managed to do it with a butterknife without too much
mutilation to the sides. If you inspect the sides carefully, you can see the
telltale signs of forced entry, but it's not noticeable during regular use.

As for why I have to open my remote regularly, I found that my first one
shorted out when some solder or resin dislodged from a connection and found
two other wires to short out. Easily repaired, but doesn't speak to the
quality of the remote. That one has since bitten the dust completely, but
given the price of the remote in Chinatown here in Toronto, we just replaced
it with the same model, which hasn't died on us yet.

On 3/15/07, Rod Smith <mythtv at rodsbooks.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 15 March 2007 09:53, Larry Sanderson wrote:
> > I just got my remote control working, and am very happy with it...
> except
> > for one minor detail: It is a Windows MCE remote, and has this big
> button
> > right in the middle with a Widows logo.
> >
> > Has anyone succesfully swapped out that logo with perhaps a
> penguin?  Yes,
> > this is a bit silly, but I was going to open up the remote, print out a
> > small colorful penguin, and glue it in place.  The problem is the last
> time
> > I tried this, I was eventually successful at getting into the remote,
> but I
> > had mutilated a lot of the plastic near the seam.
> >
> > Any suggestions?
> I've got a similar remote that came with my Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2 (see
> the
> photo on the wiki entry I created,
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Hauppauge_WinTV-PVR-USB2). I've not
> attempted to open this remote; however, I have opened other remotes --
> specifically, One For All JP1 remotes (http://www.hifi-remote.com/ofa/). I
> ended up slightly marring the edges when I opened mine, but not (IMHO) too
> badly. I seem to recall seeing a discussion somewhere on a JP1 site about
> how
> to open up the remote without causing any damage to it (too late for my
> initial attempts), so you might want to peruse the JP1 sites. (JP1 hackers
> often open their remotes to add JP1 headers or to add or replace their
> EEPROMs, so this topic comes up from time to time in a JP1 context.)
> Unfortunately, I don't recall an exact URL, so you'll have to go digging.
> Of
> course, it's entirely possible that your remote is held together in a
> different way from the way One For All remotes are built, so advice for
> opening a JP1 remote might not apply to yours. It might be worth spending
> a
> few minutes searching for JP1 advice, though.
> --
> Rod Smith
> http://www.rodsbooks.com
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