Stop TIVO Stop!
June 16, 2006 8:31 PM   Subscribe

My TIVO is possessed. Pushing the directional arrows no longer moves it one space in that direction, but starts it moving that way and then keeps going! This is seriously hampering my TIVO watching.

We thought maybe it was the remote, but we tried changing the batteries and even taking out the batteries after it started going a direction, neither affected it, it just kept going in that direction. The TIVO is a series 2 and only about 1 year old. This is really driving me crazy!
posted by JonahBlack to Technology (6 answers total)
You'll probably have better luck asking over at If anyone can help you, it will be them.
posted by Lokheed at 8:34 PM on June 16, 2006

Maybe the guts of the remote are broken.
posted by smackfu at 8:55 PM on June 16, 2006

A damaged (liquid always a good culprit) remote behaves this way. It sounds like you need to replace your remote.
posted by unixrat at 9:30 PM on June 16, 2006

If you're feeling adventurous, you might be able to pop the remote open and clean it out. I did this last week. Remove the screw at the bottom of the battery port, and using a flathead screwdriver, pop open the seam along the side of the remote. When done, you can clean the silicone button panel and the contacts underneath.

The only catch I found with this is that you may slightly mar the plastic along the seam when trying to pry it apart. I filed down the sharp edges with a nail file.

Even if you screw it up horribly, you'll be no worse off than you are now, and you can just order a new remote.
posted by Brian James at 9:38 PM on June 16, 2006

If you have a DIY streak in you, you can try to repair it yourself before you shell out the cash for a new one.

On preview: What Brian James said, only with pictures.
posted by revgeorge at 7:39 AM on June 17, 2006

Response by poster: Oddly enough, it turned out to be that something was pressing a button on the DVD remote and that was interfering with the signal somehow. Apparently this happens frequently. Thanks though!
posted by JonahBlack at 9:58 AM on June 17, 2006

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