How to Program a GE Universal Remote Control

by C. Taylor

    The Jasco-owned GE Universal Remote Control offers two methods of programming it for use with your entertainment devices. Manually entering the device codes is potentially the quickest way to accomplish the task, but doing so requires the correct list of codes from which to choose. Alternatively, you can use the Code Search function, which tests each code until you locate the correct one. However, this option entails testing up to 250 codes until the correct one is found.

    Manually Entering Codes

    Step 1

    Remove the battery cover and batteries from the GE Universal Remote Control. Look for a sticker in the battery compartment that contains the model number. Identify the version number, indicated by "V2," "V3" or "V4." If no V-number is listed, assume it is version 1.

    Step 2

    Download the code list for your specific version from the Jasco website (see Resources) and reference the code for the device you wish to use.

    Step 3

    Turn on the device you are programming into the GE Universal Remote Control.

    Step 4

    Hold down the "Setup" button for approximately four seconds until the red indicator light illuminates.

    Step 5

    Press the appropriate device button, such as "TV," "DVD," "SAT" or "AUX."

    Step 6

    Enter the 3- or 4-digit code. Assuming you entered a valid code, the indicator light turns off.

    Step 7

    Press the "Power" button. If the device turns off, you have successfully programmed the remote control for the device. Otherwise, repeat the process using a different code.

    Using the Code Search Feature

    Step 1

    Look for the version number of your GE Universal Remote Control, as described in the Manually Entering Codes section.

    Step 2

    Turn on the device you wish to program into the GE Universal Remote Control.

    Step 3

    Hold down the "Setup" button for approximately four seconds and then press the device button.

    Step 4

    Press the "Power" button and watch for the device to turn off. If you're using a Version 2, 3 or 4 remote for a DVD player or VCR, press the "Play" button and look for the device to start playing.

    Step 5

    Wait two seconds and press the "Power" button again, if the device does not turn off. Repeat until the device turns off. If you are using a Version 2, 3 or 4 remote, it automatically sends the Power or Play command every two seconds, so you don't have to press the button again.

    Step 6

    Press the "Enter" or "OK" button on a Version 1 remote to lock in the code. Press the "#1" button within two seconds to lock in a code on a Version 2, 3 or 4 remote. The indicator light goes out when you've successfully entered the code.

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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