Well the latter rather than the former wouldn't one think be a tad more useful no?
The older remote works fine and is a much better remote to be fair
I don't know, you tell me. You are the one who didn't explain themselves.
This wouldn't help the OP unless he were to either have an old Yamaha remote at his disposal, he buys one or buys a third party remote such as one of Logitech's Harmony remotes.
Some loimted control may be possible if you can program the coloured buttons to represented HDMI sources though? I'm under the impression that these are SCENE configuration buttons as opposed to simply being programmable with just a single predertermined commans though?
EDIT It is as I suggested and the coloured buttons and or the SCENE buttons are SCENE only. They'd simply result in the AV receiver powering itself up out of standby if pressed while the unit is in standby.