How to Program the Radio ShackŪ 15-1991 Remote

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Table of Contents:

    Setting Up The Device Keys
  1. Programming Device Codes
  2. Searching For Device Codes
  3. Blinking Back the Code
  4. Redefining a Device Key
  5. Resetting A Device Key
  6. Setting Up DVD Players
  7. Setting Up and Using The Remote

  8. Volume Punch Through
  9. Restoring Volume Default
  10. Using the Sleep Key
  11. Activate the Sleep Key
  12. Programming Macros
  13. Using the SHIFT key
  14. Channel Scan
  15. Favorite Channel Scan
  16. Advanced Functions

  17. Copy One Key To Another
  18. Assigning Advanced Codes
  19. Clearing Out The Remote

  20. Clearing Out Any Button On The Remote
  21. Deleting Macros
  22. Clearing Favorite Channel Scan
  23. Clearing Out All Assigned Keys
  24. Restoring Factory Defaults
  25. Scrambled Keypad
  26. General

  27. Fixing Worn Out Buttons

  1. Programming Device Codes
  2. After getting the proper codes from your manual or Customer Service, use the following instructions to enter them into your remote.

    1. PRESS the button for the device you want to program, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. ENTER the 4 digit code for your brand.
    4. You should receive 2 quick flashes after entering your code.
    5. PRESS the POWER button to test the code. (On VCR, LD, and CD players use PLAY)

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  3. Searching For Your Code
  4. If you have tried all of the set-up codes for your brand of equipment ,or your brand is not listed, and you are still not able to get the unit to respond, try the following procedure to search for your code.

    If you don't find a code that works, the remote will flash four times when you reach the end of all the codes for this device type.

    1. PRESS the button for the device you want to program, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. ENTER 9-9-1 (two blinks on the remote)
    4. ALTERNATE slowly between the POWER key and the DEVICE (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.) button until your device turns off. (On VCR, LD, and CD players use PLAY instead of POWER)
      Make sure that the remote is pointed at your device during the search, You may have to press this sequences of buttons up to 100 times to search the entire library of codes.
    5. When your device turns OFF, PRESS the SETUP button and RELEASE it to lock in the code for your device.

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  5. Blinking Back the Code:
    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 0.
    4. PRESS 1, carefully COUNT the number of blinks. (1st digit)
    5. PRESS 2, carefully COUNT the number of blinks. (2nd digit)
    6. PRESS 3, carefully COUNT the number of blinks. (3rd digit)
    7. PRESS 4, carefully COUNT the number of blinks. (4th digit)

    If the remote DOES NOT blink it means the number is 0.
    This is your 4-digit setup code.

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  6. Redefining a Device Key
  7. If you wish to use a device key for something other than it's intended purpose, you can change it's functionality. For example, if you have two VCR's but don't have a cable box, you could change the CABLE button to be a second VCR button.

    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 2.
    3. PRESS the "from" DEVICE, (ie, the one you are copying from)
    4. PRESS the "to" DEVICE (ie, the one you want to replace).

    Example: If you want the AUX key to be a VCR key:
    "SETUP" (2 blinks) 9 - 9 - 2, VCR (you want to copy VCR)
    Then AUX (you want to replace AUX).

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  8. Resetting a Device Key
  9. Use this procedure to return a device key to it's original function.

    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 2.
    3. PRESS the device button twice. - Two blinks.

    The device key is now returned to it's original mode.

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  10. Setting Up DVD Players
  11. DVD players need to be setup on a "VCR" button, so if you wish to use the AUX1 button (for example) you will need to reassign it to be a VCR button first using the 992 command (see below), then you would assign the device code for you player. If you are using the original Radio Shack manual for device codes, please be aware that the DVD codes are mixed in with the Laser Disc codes. However, the code list on this site lists DVD and Laser Disc codes seperately.

    To Program the AUX1 button for DVD:

    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 2, two flashes.
    3. PRESS the VCR device button,
    4. PRESS the AUX1 device button (or whatever device button you would like to use for the DVD player), two flashes.

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  12. Volume Punch Through
  13. This sets Volume to work for one device in all modes.
    For example, the TV volume will work in the cable and VCR modes.

    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 3.
    4. PRESS the device key you would like the volume to come from.
    5. Two blinks.


    NOTE #1: This only sets volume in the TV, VCR, CABLE, or SAT mode.
    NOTE #2: On some remotes (such as the 15-1994), you can only punch the volume though to the TV, this was fixed on newer remotes (such as the Cinema 7)

    Remember, if the volume punch through doesn't meet your needs, you can always program the volume controls using KEY MOVES. For instance, if you want the volume controls in CD mode to work your amplifier which is on the AUX button, then you would use the 994 command and move the 3 volume controls from AUX to CD. See the KEY MOVES section for more info.

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  14. Restore Volume Default
  15. Use this to get the original volume to work on each device.
    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 3
    3. PRESS the VOLUME+ key, you will get two blinks.


    Now the volume is set for all original devices.

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  16. Using the Sleep Key
  17. The sleep key allows you to access the sleep timer of your original device. If your device has a built-in sleep timer, this will normally be mapped to the SLEEP button of your remote, if your original device does not have abuilt-in sleep timer, the SLEEP button will use the remote's own built-in sleep timer. Refer to the original manual for your device to work it's timer, or use the following instructions to use the remote's built-in timer.

    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS the SLEEP key once to set the built in sleep timer for 15 minutes.
    3. Each additional PRESS of the SLEEP key will add 15 more minutes to the sleep timer, up to a maximum of 60 minutes.
    4. To deactivate the built-in sleep timer, PRESS any key other than SLEEP.


    NOTE: Once you have activated the remote's built-in sleep timer, you must keep the remote pointed directly at the component.

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  18. Programming Macros
  19. This will allow you do do several functions with just the touch of ONE key. A macro can hold up to 15 keypresses.

    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 5, two flashes.
    4. PRESS the key that you want the Macro to be on
    5. PRESS the sequence of keys you want the remote to do
    6. PRESS "SETUP" and wait for two blinks - RELEASE.

    When you hit the key you put the macro on it will automatically start the sequence.

    NOTE: Some remotes have buttons specially designed to hold macro's, but macro's can actually be assigned to any button, just remember that the macro will be assigned to this button in all device modes.

    If you placed a macro on a button that you wish to restore to it's original function under certain device modes, you can re-program the button using the advanced codes.

    NOTE2: Macros cannot be programmed to the device buttons, the SETUP button, SLEEP button, or the FAV/SCAN button.

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  20. How To Use The SHIFT button
  21. It is possible to store two commands on one button by using the SHIFT key, the SETUP button acts as a shift key on these remotes. During the process of programming individual buttons, whether by learning or by using advanced codes, if you press SETUP before selecting the button where the command will be assigned, the function will be stored on the shifted version of the button. Then when you wish to use the button, press SETUP before you press the button. Shifted keys can be used for learned commands, commands programmed using advanced codes and for macros.

    Using shifted buttons is a very good idea for macros as macros are effective in all device modes. If you program a power macro (ie, one that will either turn everything on, or turn everything off, you might want to program this macro to the shift/POWER button.

    NOTE: Shifed numeric keys:
    You can program functions to shifted numeric keys using the procedure outlined above, but in order to actually use the shifted function you will need to press the SETUP button twice before pressing the numeric key that holds the shifted function, otherwise the remote thinks you are about to enter an advanced code.

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  22. Channel Scan
  23. Channel Scan lets you scan through all available channels on your TV, VCR, or cable converter, stopping at each for about 3 seconds.

    NOTE: Channel scan does not operate if favorite channel scan is programmed for any device. See "Favorite Channel Scan", below.

    1. Press the device key (TV, VCR, CBL, etc).
    2. Aim the remote at your device and press SCAN. The remote scans through the available channels.

    3. NOTE: The remote must be pointed at the device the entire time you use channel scan.
    4. To stop scanning, simply press any key on the remote.

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  24. Setting Up Favorite Channel Scan
  25. Favorite channel scan lets you set up your remote to scan through up to 10 preselected channels, stopping at each for about 3 seconds.

    NOTE: Favorite channel scan can only be set up for one device. Once favorite channel scan is set up for a device, you must clear it before you can use channel scan for any other device.

    Note: You can only maintain a favorite channel list for one device at a time. You cannot set up a favorite channel list for another device until you clear the existing list.

    1. Press the device key for the device you want to scan (TV, VCR, etc).
    2. Hold down SETUP until the red light blinks twice.
    3. Type 9-9-6, two flashes.
    4. Enter the first channel number you want to include in your favorite channel list, then press SETUP.

      Notes: Precede a single-digit number with a 0. For example, 0 1, 02, and so on.

      If you enter a three-digit number, you do not need to press P after entering the number.

      If you use an ENTER key to directly access channels on your original remote, press ENTER after you enter the last digit of a channel.

    5. Repeat the last step for up to 9 other channels you want to include in your list, then hold down SETUP until the red light blinks twice.

    Using the favorite channel scan:

    1. To scan through your favorite channel list, press the appropriate device key, point the remote at your device, then press SCAN. The remote control repeatedly scans through the favorite channel list, stopping on each channel for about 3 seconds.
    2. Press any key when you see a channel you want to watch. Scanning stops.

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  26. Copy One Key To Another
    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 4.
    3. PRESS the DEVICE and the FROM button
    4. PRESS the DEVICE and the TO button - two Blinks

    EXAMPLE: To take the volume from a TV and put it in the VCR mode,
    it would be: SETUP - 9 - 9 - 4 -TV - VOL UP - VCR- VOL UP - two blinks.
    You would have to do the same process for VOL DOWN and MUTE.

    NOTE: To assign as advanced code to a 'shift' key, simply press SETUP before pressing the key in step 4 above.

    NOTE2: Functions cannot be copied to the device buttons, the SETUP button, SLEEP button, or the FAV/SCAN button.

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  27. Assigning Advanced Codes
    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 4.
    4. PRESS the SETUP button and then the three digit advanced code.
    5. PRESS the button you wish to use for that function - Two Blinks.


    NOTE: To assign an advanced code to a 'shift' key, simply press SETUP before pressing the key in step 5 above.

    NOTE2: Advanced codes cannot be programmed to the device buttons, the SETUP button, SLEEP button, or the FAV/SCAN button.

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  28. Clearing Out Any Button On The Remote
    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 4
    4. PRESS the button you want to clear twice. - Two blinks.


    NOTE: To deleted a 'shift' key, press SETUP between the two presses of the button that you want to clear. EXAMPLE: To clear shift/play in VCR mode:

    1. PRESS the VCR device button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD SETUP until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 4
    4. PRESS PLAY - RELEASE
    5. PRESS SETUP - RELEASE
    6. PRESS PLAY - RELEASE - Two blinks.

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  29. Deleting Macros
    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 9 - 5
    3. PRESS the macro key to be cleared.
    4. PRESS SETUP and wait for two blinks - RELEASE.

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  30. Clearing Favorite Channel Scan
    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 9 - 6
    4. PRESS and release SETUP, then press and hold SETUP until the red light blinks twice again.

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  31. Clearing Out All Assigned Keys
    1. PRESS the device, (TV, VCR, CABLE, etc.), button - RELEASE
    2. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    3. PRESS 9 - 8 - 0 -- Two blinks.


    NOTE: This will not clear the codes assigned to the device buttons.

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  32. Restoring Factory Defaults
    1. PRESS and HOLD the SETUP button until the red LED flashes twice, then RELEASE.
    2. PRESS 9 - 8 - 1 -- Two blinks.


    NOTE: This will erase all key moves, learned functions, device settings, etc. If the remote is an upgradeable remote, and has codes added, this will delete those codes also.

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  33. Fixing Worn Out Buttons:
  34. If a button stops working due to over use, it is possible to fix it. There is a product that you can get from most auto part stores made by Loctite called "Quick Grid Rear Window Defogger Repair Kit". It is a conductive fluid usually used to fix rear window defrosters in cars. To fix your remote, open up the casing and paint the fluid on the base of the buttons that are not working effectively, et it dry, and it should work again, good as new!

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