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Posted: 10/29/2004 7:52:47 AM EST
What's the best way to disable a TV remote control?

I want to permanently disable it without being obvious - like smashing it or ripping out the battery terminals.

Run it under the water faucet and microwave it?

Thanks!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:54:34 AM EST
remove the screws that hold it together, randomly snip wires or unsolder connections or solder in some connections to cause short circuits. Or wire the +/- battery connectors backwards or something
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:54:58 AM EST
open it up and cut the wires
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:56:49 AM EST
open up the case and snip one lead of the IR LED. Quick and nothing will be sent but the little light on there saying everything is working will light up.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:57:35 AM EST
reprogram it
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:58:37 AM EST
I just want to know the underlying motive here!!!!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:00:32 AM EST
take it apart and get to the rubber keypad

on the back of each bottom should be a grey piece, cut it off leaving only the rubber under it and whatever key its for should never work again

this is how i disabled that no good motherfucking dumbassed "panic" key on my keyless entry clicker for my truck. got tired of having my truck honk like a little bitch every time i accidentally hit the damned thing............................it doesn't anymore
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:02:12 AM EST
I'm guessing evil roommates...

soon to be surpassed by Evil Roomie #1.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:03:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I just want to know the underlying motive here!!!!


+1 I'm curious!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:05:47 AM EST
I was thinking... the wife wont let him buy a new upgraded programmable until the old one dies.... but the roomie thing is possible.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:12:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2004 8:12:57 AM EST by LHD]
I made a remote blocker from radioshack parts in highschool. I got a "remote enclosure" and put 8 - 1.2 volt IR leds in it. I had a switch and a 9volt too. Turn it on and anything in the vicinity of where its aimed wont work. Really pissed off my parents with it. Its like aiming a flashlight at the sun. You cant tell if the flashlights flickiner or even on at all.


Works every time. Costs about $12 to make.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:15:26 AM EST
dab of epoxy on the battery contact points.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:17:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2004 8:17:56 AM EST by Dave_A]

Originally Posted By chetchat:
What's the best way to disable a TV remote control?

I want to permanently disable it without being obvious - like smashing it or ripping out the battery terminals.

Run it under the water faucet and microwave it?

Thanks!



Paint over, shatter, or disconnect the LED emitter(s) in the front...
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:20:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:21:58 AM EST
That's easy, just drop the thing on a hard concrete floor, poof! There was no external damage, but it didn't work after that little mishap. I suspect the little infra-red bulb was damaged. At the time, it costed me $50 to get another remote control unit.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:23:05 AM EST
Send it to Toad at Speshul Weapons for an upgrade.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:24:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2004 8:27:28 AM EST by scrum]
Black indelible marker over the LEDs.

Better yet - just lose it in the house.

I keep all our old remotes out of habit. We used to have fun when I was younger walking the neighborhood with all the remotes we could muster - if we could see into someone's house/apt where they were watching TV, we'd start changing the channels, turning them off/on. People would really freak.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:25:07 AM EST
Thanks for the replies!

We have a TV at the office, ceiling mounted and with a remote control. Most of the time it's switched to news, only occasionally does anyone really care what's on - like the weekends for football games and such.

We also have a humongous dweeb whose desk is closest to the TV and he spends 80% of his time watching the tube. How much of a pussy dweeb is this whiny fuck? He went out and bought his own remote control.

Why?
You tell me :
Power?
Paranoia?
Germs?
How about all of the above.

Now, you gotta understand - this guy is off the chart when it comes down to being a weird fuck. An example? A few months ago he overheard a black chick temp in our office talking to a friend about buying a new pistol. This whiny fuck and this chick had been at odds since she started working there. The next day he called the supervisor, told the supv he overheard her and felt threatened and wasn't coming in to work. All bullshit, all fantasy on his part - but she got fired.

Now, understand - we all get along in the office, and most folks just leave this crazed asshole alone to mentally masturbate. He surfs the web looking for eastern European and oriental wives and rambles on about his various and sundry wacko plans to anyone who'll listen. He'll trap a new guy on occasion and bend his ear for a while spewing his fantasy shit - the same fantasy shit he's been "planning" for the past decade.

Bottom line? He's a picky Commie bitch and I just want to fuck with him.

Thanks for your time.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:25:13 AM EST
I've found spilling a martini on it does the same.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:25:45 AM EST
5 seconds in the microwave
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:27:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By TREETOP:
Plug it into the wall.



+1. Application of 120 VAC to the 3VDC battery terminals should quickly and effectively destroy anything inside. I have a "suicide cord" just for such things.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:28:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
5 seconds in the microwave



Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:30:40 AM EST
microwave will fry it, just a few seconds will do, when you see the sparks and smoke stop the cook cycle


remove the battery first
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:46:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I just want to know the underlying motive here!!!!



I'm betting kids that TURN IT UP THIS LOUD WHEN YOUR NEXT TO THE F@@KING TV SET!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:53:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By chetchat:
Thanks for the replies!

We have a TV at the office, ceiling mounted and with a remote control. Most of the time it's switched to news, only occasionally does anyone really care what's on - like the weekends for football games and such.

We also have a humongous dweeb whose desk is closest to the TV and he spends 80% of his time watching the tube. How much of a pussy dweeb is this whiny fuck? He went out and bought his own remote control.

Why?
You tell me :
Power?
Paranoia?
Germs?
How about all of the above.

Now, you gotta understand - this guy is off the chart when it comes down to being a weird fuck. An example? A few months ago he overheard a black chick temp in our office talking to a friend about buying a new pistol. This whiny fuck and this chick had been at odds since she started working there. The next day he called the supervisor, told the supv he overheard her and felt threatened and wasn't coming in to work. All bullshit, all fantasy on his part - but she got fired.

Now, understand - we all get along in the office, and most folks just leave this crazed asshole alone to mentally masturbate. He surfs the web looking for eastern European and oriental wives and rambles on about his various and sundry wacko plans to anyone who'll listen. He'll trap a new guy on occasion and bend his ear for a while spewing his fantasy shit - the same fantasy shit he's been "planning" for the past decade.

Bottom line? He's a picky Commie bitch and I just want to fuck with him.

Thanks for your time.



If you really want to get him, you should buy your own remote control. Then, whenever he changes the channel, you change it back!!!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:54:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By TexRdnec:
take it apart and get to the rubber keypad

on the back of each bottom should be a grey piece, cut it off leaving only the rubber under it and whatever key its for should never work again

this is how i disabled that no good motherfucking dumbassed "panic" key on my keyless entry clicker for my truck. got tired of having my truck honk like a little bitch every time i accidentally hit the damned thing............................it doesn't anymore



What kind of women do you date??
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:55:39 AM EST
Put in the batteries in, backwards.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:02:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By chetchat:
Thanks for the replies!

We have a TV at the office, ceiling mounted and with a remote control. Most of the time it's switched to news, only occasionally does anyone really care what's on - like the weekends for football games and such.

We also have a humongous dweeb whose desk is closest to the TV and he spends 80% of his time watching the tube. How much of a pussy dweeb is this whiny fuck? He went out and bought his own remote control.

Why?
You tell me :
Power?
Paranoia?
Germs?
How about all of the above.

Now, you gotta understand - this guy is off the chart when it comes down to being a weird fuck. An example? A few months ago he overheard a black chick temp in our office talking to a friend about buying a new pistol. This whiny fuck and this chick had been at odds since she started working there. The next day he called the supervisor, told the supv he overheard her and felt threatened and wasn't coming in to work. All bullshit, all fantasy on his part - but she got fired.

Now, understand - we all get along in the office, and most folks just leave this crazed asshole alone to mentally masturbate. He surfs the web looking for eastern European and oriental wives and rambles on about his various and sundry wacko plans to anyone who'll listen. He'll trap a new guy on occasion and bend his ear for a while spewing his fantasy shit - the same fantasy shit he's been "planning" for the past decade.

Bottom line? He's a picky Commie bitch and I just want to fuck with him.

Thanks for your time.



Sounds like LHDs IR emitter might be the perfect answer for you. Sooner or later, this guy's gonna replace any remote that you disable. Jam the signal instead, and see how amny different remotes he buys before he gives up.


Tangentel story; We had some extremely annoying next door neighbors. Their TV was in line with our dining room window. I picked up a cheap universal remote... much comedy ensued.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:03:32 AM EST

If I were in your position, I would get some matching paint and paint over the infra red sender in the front of the control.

That way, it would appear to be in perfect working order, but no matter what he did, (replace batteries etc) it would still not work.

Funny.


Zen

"This is my rifle, there are many like it, but this one is mine"
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:04:48 AM EST
what about a small piece of black tape over the IR emitter (or whatever the magic device is that sends codes through the ether?)

Of course... now I notice you said permanently. Unknown.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:09:23 AM EST
Tannerite.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 10:16:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Originally Posted By chetchat:
Thanks for the replies!

We have a TV at the office, ceiling mounted and with a remote control. Most of the time it's switched to news, only occasionally does anyone really care what's on - like the weekends for football games and such.

We also have a humongous dweeb whose desk is closest to the TV and he spends 80% of his time watching the tube. How much of a pussy dweeb is this whiny fuck? He went out and bought his own remote control.

Why?
You tell me :
Power?
Paranoia?
Germs?
How about all of the above.

Now, you gotta understand - this guy is off the chart when it comes down to being a weird fuck. An example? A few months ago he overheard a black chick temp in our office talking to a friend about buying a new pistol. This whiny fuck and this chick had been at odds since she started working there. The next day he called the supervisor, told the supv he overheard her and felt threatened and wasn't coming in to work. All bullshit, all fantasy on his part - but she got fired.

Now, understand - we all get along in the office, and most folks just leave this crazed asshole alone to mentally masturbate. He surfs the web looking for eastern European and oriental wives and rambles on about his various and sundry wacko plans to anyone who'll listen. He'll trap a new guy on occasion and bend his ear for a while spewing his fantasy shit - the same fantasy shit he's been "planning" for the past decade.

Bottom line? He's a picky Commie bitch and I just want to fuck with him.

Thanks for your time.



If you really want to get him, you should buy your own remote control. Then, whenever he changes the channel, you change it back!!!



Child's play. I have a program on my PDA/Cellphone that lets me use it as a remote for TVs. Works great, was fucking around with a buddy for like three hours one day just randomly changing channels and turning the tv on and off. Drove him nuts, we came really close to convicing him his house was haunted, mind you we were really drunk and doing all this. funny shit it was.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:48:26 PM EST
Find the IR reciever on the TV and put a piece of black tape over it. Doesn't matter what he does to his remote it won't work.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:53:51 PM EST
STUN GUN!

Good for fucking up whaever electronic devices he has available.

If you want to get really creative replace the contacts with wire that end with alligator clips and clip it to the battery leads.

Or a real bastard would clip one to the antenna on his car and the other to the body.

But the unmodified stun gun should do fine too, and you can be very fast about it.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:55:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By mace:
Tannerite.



Damnit you beat me!!!!
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 5:59:36 PM EST
3 seconds in the microwave. There is no peice of electronics you own that'll stand up to the microwave.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:06:35 PM EST
www.tvbgone.com
All kinds of fun.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:07:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By TREETOP:
Plug it into the wall.




It might light on fire.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:10:34 PM EST
Freeze a can of shaving cream, cut it open, put it in one of his desk drawers. As it thaws it will make a huge mess.............it would be company property though.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:13:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By weemer:
Freeze a can of shaving cream, cut it open, put it in one of his desk drawers. As it thaws it will make a huge mess.............it would be company property though.


Are we having trouble keeping up with the topic of the thread?
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:22:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2004 6:26:19 PM EST by yobo]
What you need is a TV-B-Gone.
Take a look here:

www.tvbgone.com (I don't know how to make it hot )

You can drive the guy crazy with one of these

Thank me later
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:23:09 PM EST
paint clear figernail polish on the battery contacts this willprevent the power from leaving the batteries.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 6:23:34 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 7:42:41 PM EST
A Sharpie pen and color the collector on the TV. He can replace the remote all he wants, it ain't doing shit.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 8:01:43 PM EST
Break his fingers with a ballpeen hammer.

He can have all the fancy remotes in the world, but it won't accomplish shit with 25 breaks in 10 fingers.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:05:20 PM EST
download porn onto his company computer when he's in the pisser, then claim to have walked by and saw him looking at porn
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:27:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By sharky30:
download porn onto his company computer when he's in the pisser, then claim to have walked by and saw him looking at porn



Make sure it's something really disturbing. Maybe even changing his background to KKK meeting picture.
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:29:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By Troy:
If this guy does all the crap you say he does, why not just call THAT to management's attention (anonymously), and get HIM fired?

Many companies know when they have dead weight, but can't do anything about it until they get a complaint to initiate an investigation.

-Troy



That's the first thought I had, too.

If he really got a woman fired because she wanted to buy a gun, he doesn't deserve to have a job anymore.

Get him fired and hopefully he'll end up homeless in the streets. You'll get a lot more satisfaction from that than messing with his remote.

Scott
Link Posted: 10/29/2004 9:42:34 PM EST
Put a piece of black electrical tape over the IR sensor on the tv
Link Posted: 10/30/2004 12:41:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
3 seconds in the microwave. There is no peice of electronics you own that'll stand up to the microwave.



But, what if i put a microwave in the microwave? What happens then? Blackhole?
Link Posted: 10/30/2004 1:36:21 AM EST
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