Plasma screen interfering with remote control

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sonic

Guest
I wonder if anyone can help?

I have a Panny PW6 and ntl digital cable box. The plasma screen appears to be interfering with the operation of the ntl remote control: when the screen is on, you have to press each button several times before the ntl box will respond (e.g. to change channels), but when the screen is off, the box responds immediately!

Has anyone else heard of or encountered this problem? What can be done about it? I have tried moving the box, but you have to move it quite far away for any noticeable improvement. Would be grateful for any advice.

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PC Nut

Active Member
The remotes i assume you are using is the Pace unit.
If so they are known to be prone to flourecent light and energy efficient bulbs as well as low bright sunlight (early morning late afternoon) not heard of plasma's effecting these units YET! you could be the first. Hope this helps.
 
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sonic

Guest
It is indeed a Pace unit.

What you say definitely sounds right, as the remote works fine when the screen is blank or when the picture is dark. However, I wonder why my CRT never had this effect?

Thanks for your response anyway! I think I'll just have to put up with it for now.

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SimonO

Novice Member
Try putting a piece of paper or thin fabric in front of the receiver window on the Pace box and see what happens...
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Possible that some of the light coming of the plasma is in the same spectrum as that used by the remote, why on earth did pace build such a crap device?
 

PC Nut

Active Member
simonwim:

Is that because you moved the Hotlink Infra-Red Extender to a better receiving position or is it more sensitive to the commands sent?
 

StooMonster

Well-known Member
Look at your plasma through a camcorder with Nightvision on and you'll see the screen radiate like the sun.

StooMonster
 

taimur

Standard Member
place one or two strips of black electrical tape across the infrared receiver of the NTL unit. It should work fine after that
 
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sonic

Guest
Thanks for all the advice guys!

SimonO, I will try your tip out tonight.

Taimur, excuse my ignorance, what's electrical tape?

Simonwim, glad to hear you got it sorted. I've got a rather nice glass stand, so if the above 2 tricks don't work, I'm going to have to be a bit creative.

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GreenBhoy

Novice Member
WOW - I am having the EXACT same problem - I thought I was going nuts!!!! I have had 2 new NTL boxes and 3 remotes with no luck!! :rolleyes:

I will try the black tape tonight!!!!! :thumbsup: assuming my 2nd box gets replaced today (no audio - as mentioned in another post)

I will post on how I get on
 

PC Nut

Active Member
Thanks for the info simonwim:
GreenBhoy,sonic let us know how you got on.
 

taimur

Standard Member
electrical tape comes in white or black. you can get it from B&Q and it's also called insulating tape. Try here if you can't find it anywhere else
 
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sonic

Guest
OK, I tried the black tape method, and it's better but it's still not quite right. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I've tried running the the tape along the top and bottom of the digibox receiver window, and a few other placements but haven't quite worked out where the tape should go so that it works all the time.

Cheers for the tip anyway, taimur, much appreciated. I'm sure I'll work it out eventually...

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taimur

Standard Member
When I had the problem I placed a strip about 5cm long along the top of the receiver window, and it worked out fine. Sorry it didn't work for you.

Another option would be expensive, and would involve buying a plasma aware receiver eye, and placing your electronic equipment in a cupboard. this is what I mean by a receiver eye (you'd also need relaying equipment, etc):
http://www.letsautomate.com/10067.cfm?
 
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sonic

Guest
Tried two strips along the top and one along the bottom, and this works about 80% of the time, which is much better than it used to be, I can live with that.

Thanks for the advice on this.

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GreenBhoy

Novice Member
I was lucky enough to get a replacement ntl box that still had the semi-sticky clear protective plastic cover over the display....I simply removed it, coloured in a 1cm square area with black permanent marker, cut to size and stuck it back on the display over the IR receiver bit. Hey presto - works 100% of the time and you cannot even see it!!! :thumbsup:
 
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sonic

Guest
Greenbhoy

Could you tell me exactly where on the receiver window you have placed the plastic (e.g. dead centre, bottom right corner)?

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GreenBhoy

Novice Member
Sonic

Immediately to the left of the word "Remote". This is on the right hand side of the display on my ntl box..... Basically make sure that you cover the green LED that flashes when you (sucessfully) use the remote.....

Clear as mud?

Regards Greenbhoy
 
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sonic

Guest
That's crystal clear, thanks!

I have been trying to avoid that area since that LED is useful (when you don't know whether a button press has registered or not), but hey, whatever it takes to make it work.

I'll try it tonight...

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hutters

Novice Member
GreenBhoy said:
Sonic

Immediately to the left of the word "Remote". This is on the right hand side of the display on my ntl box..... Basically make sure that you cover the green LED that flashes when you (sucessfully) use the remote.....

Clear as mud?

Regards Greenbhoy
I thought the IR sensor was on the other side :blush: Now that I've put tape over the green LED side it works perfectly - THANKS!
 

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