[mythtv-users] MCE receiver light blinks or on

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Mon Dec 2 08:23:24 UTC 2019

On Sun, 1 Dec 2019 22:31:17 -0800, you wrote:

>On 12/1/19 8:38 PM, Stephen Worthington wrote:
>> On Sun, 01 Dec 2019 12:09:27 -0700, you wrote:
>>> I have an MCE remote that came with my PVR-500 years ago. Works great as a
>>> receiver and emitter for a DCT-700.
>>> This morning, the red light on the front of the receiver that lights up when I
>>> press a button started flashing intermittently and now appears to be lit
>>> permanently. The remote still works fine.
>>> Any idea what this means?
>> That normally means that the receiver is receiving something.
>> The two things I have had a problem with like that are fluorescent
>> lights, and the sun.
>> Do you have a fluorescent light in that room?  Is it on?
>> Is the sun low enough at the moment that it is coming into the
>> receiver?  But if it was the sun, I would expect that it would be
>> swamping out the signal and the remote would not be working.
>> My PVR-500 remote is still working nicely just like yours, but as its
>> receiver is inside my HTPC case receiving through a small plastic
>> window, I can not see if its Rx LED is on.
>  Other more obvious cause is a button for a remote is stuck on.  Maybe you tossed the remote on a table, and something got tossed on top and is pushing a button down.  Or maybe enough gunk has accumulated that a button is being held down on some remote.
>  It could very well be a remote not related to mythtv itself, since so many things use IR remotes now days, but as for as the receiver is concerned, it is still getting the signals.

Yes.  So a way to tell if that is the case is to put your hand around
the receiver's input and see if the Rx LED goes off when you shield it
from the input it is likely getting.  Then see which direction the
input is coming from.

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