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Harmony 880 and HR20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Capmeister, Mar 9, 2007.

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  1. Mar 9, 2007 #21 of 135
    cygnusloop

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    Amazon:
    $155 +free shipping.

    Edit: oops, thats for the 880. $180 is probably good for the 885, as it is typically hard to find. I think the colored buttons are cool on the 885, but I don't think I would like losing the extra up and down arrows that are where the 885's color buttons are on the 880. I use the extra up and down for an extra volume control. (One for the TV volume, and one for the receiver volume.) FWIW.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2007 #22 of 135
    RunnerFL

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    890 has RF capabilities, but won't control the HR20 directly using RF.

    890 is also at least $100 more.


    I can't find the thread right now but there is one, if not more, that have a new background image you can d/l for the 880 that gives you the colors, at least visually, and then you can program the corresponding buttons to be the colors. This is what I've done. I wouldn't trade my 880 for anything.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2007 #23 of 135
    facmgr6569

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    Here is the pic I said I would get for you. Sorry for the PQ as it is hard to get a close up but you can get the idea. I also am including a couple backrounds I found you may want to use but remember they will be on all screens (unless you find the 885) Make sure you check voltage on it as I kind of remember there being some issues with that since it is made for euroupe.

    Good luck!
     

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  4. Mar 9, 2007 #24 of 135
    slapshot1959

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    Any tips on getting an 880 to control both an HR20 and an H20 in the same room? Have been unsuccessful so far doing that with the Harmony software. I did find the thread on how to do it with the Directv remotes,but obviously would like to use the 880 for that.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2007 #25 of 135
    RunnerFL

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    You can use the post below as a guideline and setup your HR20 to use the secondary code.


    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=79330
     
  6. Mar 9, 2007 #26 of 135
    Capmeister

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    I'm thinking of waiting for the 885, but seeing your pics--it's pretty clear... I could go that way too.

    Thanks for all the help, guys.
     
  7. Mar 10, 2007 #27 of 135
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    I had the charging issue with my 880, cleaning the contacts didn't matter. Called Logitech, got new charging base and battery, new base worked perfect every time, no fudging around with the remote needed. 890 is IR & RF, the 880 is IR only. If you use the colored dots on the screen, they will show up on EVERY single screen in all devices and activities. Why not use the area used to store favorite channels? Then you could create a colored area to put in the box for the channel logo? For me, I did type the name, and I now do the same with the 1000.
    Great remotes either way.
     
  8. Mar 10, 2007 #28 of 135
    gcisko

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    In some cases like this the harmony will have to "learn" the button press via IR.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2007 #29 of 135
    mbhelfman

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    I had this problem. According to Logitech, it's a known issue, but they probably fixed it by now. My replacement has not had this problem and I am overall happy with the remote. However, every once in awhile while peforming an activity, something doesn't power on or power off properly. Anyone have suggestions? I've changed Directv receivers and A/V receivers in the past year, only thing constant is my Panasonix TX50PU Plasma. I've tried adjusting power delay settings, but to no avail. It happens with anything from the HR20, TV or A/V receiver.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2007 #30 of 135
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    I had that problem once... difficult to get to charge... i just cleaned the contacts that are on the remote and base and its just fine
     
  11. Mar 10, 2007 #31 of 135
    mikeny

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    Make sure when it starts to charge that all the activitiy icons stay disappeared. If they come back, then it's not charging. This often happens to me and I need to give it an extra touch to continue charging properly. As others said, make sure the base is on a flat surface.
     
  12. Mar 12, 2007 #32 of 135
    Capmeister

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    Just had the winning bid on a Harmony 885 (with the colored buttons) on ebay for £82. Not bad. (Hope shipping isn't terrible, though.)
     
  13. Mar 12, 2007 #33 of 135
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    What's that in dollars? Hope yours comes with the correct charger for US outlets...
     
  14. Mar 12, 2007 #34 of 135
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    As of last Friday morning's exchange rate (the most recent I've got handy), it's $158.43. Plus shipping. :p
     
  15. Mar 12, 2007 #35 of 135
    Capmeister

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    Turns out it was an 880 he picked up in Canada, and he listed it as 885. :( He refunded my money instantly, however. Nice "chap." :)

    I continue to look....
     
  16. Mar 12, 2007 #36 of 135
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    I've got two 880s, and both have had no problems charging. I DID let one go completely dead though and it had a corrupt image on the LCD and refused to do anything else including recharge. I took the Battery out, then put it back in. That 880 then charged up and has been working fine ever since.

    One thing I'll say about the Harmonys is that their web site will not always know your electonic device. I bought a new Samsung 40" LCD that the harmony software did not have in it's database. It suggested another samsung model which worked for the basic TV function, but did not know of all my inputs. I eventually found discrete commands for those inputs (for a Pronto, which I also have) on remotecentral.com. I copied them into the Pronto's software, uploaded them to the Pronto, then used the Pronto to teach them to the Harmony 880.

    My guess is that the next Harmony owner that buys the same TV as mine WILL find that model number with the discrete inputs and ON/OFF. If it's you, you are welcome! ;-)
     
  17. Mar 12, 2007 #37 of 135
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    Can you not teach it buttons? Is it not a learning remote as well?
     
  18. Mar 12, 2007 #38 of 135
    LameLefty

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    Yes it is.
     
  19. Mar 12, 2007 #39 of 135
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    Cap,
    By default the YRBG buttons are already there. I will put togetther a screen shot doc for you, but it is really very easy to do and it will make perfect sense when it is completed.

    When the system is powered up, the LCD screen goes into a Sat user mode. At that screen, my YBRG, Acitve, and List buttons are on the LCD that align with the side buttons.

    Yes the 880/890 are also learning remotes.

    Just remember when you select the devices, the HR20 make is a Directv PVR, model HR20-700. This will be the be the main thing to remember for the HR20. All other devices will program in by make and model. I beleive the second, if you have two, model number is HR20-700S3. This will set up two HR20's both in IR mode.
     
  20. Mar 12, 2007 #40 of 135
    4DThinker

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    Yes, the 880s can learn buttons, but if the software doesn't know your device and the original remote doesn't know the discrete codes, then you've got to find another device that does and use IT to teach those codes to the harmony.
     
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