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Imagine a system with three components (a TV, a VCR and a surround sound Receiver). Each has a toggle type
POWER command on the original remote control. You program a macro with the three power commands on the
MAIN Power ON button and tell your client to turn on their system with this button. Here's what will happen:
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The client will pick out a videotape and insert it in the VCR (the VCR will now automatically turn on).The client sits
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down, picks up their MX remote control and presses the MAIN Power On button.The three toggle type power com 
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mands are issued. So, since the TV and the Receiver were Off, they turn on, however the VCR was already on from
inserting the tape, so it turns off. The client is puzzled that they don't see a picture, so they press the MAIN Power
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On button again.The three toggle type power commands are issued again.This time the TV and the Receiver turn off
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and the VCR turns on.The client begins to get frustrated...
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You cannot successfully train a family to use a Point & Pray macro. It is too inconsistent. You are
better off creating a help list device named  POWER.  On the Power Page 1, create shortcut
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buttons to all of the components toggle power commands.Train the customer to turn on the system
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by pressing the Power button on MAIN, then turning anything that they need on one at a time. Once
the system is on, they press MAIN and decide what they want to watch or listen to.
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By creatively experimenting you may find that you can workaround the lack of discrete codes.This takes time and
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there is no guarantee that you will find a workaround for any given component. Here are some common examples:
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Most DVD players will turn on when off when they receive a Play command.Thus you can workaround like this:
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DVD ON = 1) Play 
2) DVD Stop
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DVD OFF= 1) DVD Play 
2) Delay (amount of delay varies with brand and model, typically 1
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or 2  seconds)
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3) DVD Power
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Many televisions respond to a channel up or a channel number command by changing to the Antenna input regardless
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of what input was last selected.This creates an  anchor  action that puts the television in a known input.Thus you
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can create a workaround as follows:
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EXAMPLE   CH Up takes TV to the ANT A input (and the TV has 5 inputs  Ant A, Ant B, EXT1, EXT2 and EXT3)
TV to EXT3 = 1) Ch Up (takes TV to ANT A regardless of what input was last selected)
2) Input (takes TV to next input   ANT B)
3) Input (takes TV to next input   EXT 1)
4) Input (takes TV to next input   EXT 2)
5) Input (takes TV to desired input   EXT 3)





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