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2013-09-26 01:24 PM
I just got my ZL yesterday. I tested the pre-built in IR Remotes and that works fine. This evening after work I will try the learning command on mine.
2013-09-26 04:31 PM - edited 2013-10-09 12:57 PM
I just got word from a Sony support chat that contrary to my belief, my local support centers should be able to repair this problem (under warranty). I will probably try to get this straightened out this way. Local channels tell me this is not the case, so I just posted my package to a German repair facility. Too bad this cost me ~15 euros, but alas. Fingers crossed!
I'll post the progress in this thread.
Btw, since the last firmware I've been able to access the IR Remote test in the service menu of the phone (dial *#*#7378423#*#* aka *#*#SERVICE#*#* ). I found that reading IR signals will supposedly report the IR data it receives, yet the allegedly detected IR data seems to change all the time whenever I learn the *same* IR command over and over. So that does indeed not really work, whereas testing the "sending out an IR signal" turned my TV off all right.
Using a Logitech Harmony One univeral remote, I recorded the IR signal the ZL transmits in the IR test. Assuming this signal is static, I replayed it over and over using the Harmony One, while I put the Xperia ZL in "Receive an IrDA signal" mode. The ZL reported these different data values for this same source signal:
Shame I'm no expert on decyphering IR Data.
Anyway, I sent
2013-10-15 07:51 AM - edited 2013-10-15 10:28 AM
After a long battle with Sony India, they have accepted that there is manufacturing defect in IR remote and Refunded me full purchase amount. As I had purchased xperia ZL only for its IR learning function, I bought new LG G2 with similar IR function. The codes are learnt in a single attempt. The remote is customisable and you can drag and drop any buttons required. For my surprise it also has GTPL settopbox remote inbuilt. I have programmed this remote for my Medical Device Vision Drum, Air conditioner etc. and works very well. SONY should have done this with xperia ZL. I was very impressed with xperia ZL's picture quality.
2013-10-15 03:08 PM
Too bad the G2 is too large for my taste (heck, even the ZL kinda is, in hindsight. I'd prolly rather have an Xperia SP form factor).
The whole idea behind me getting this "SMART"phone is to have every hardware I could ever need in 1 pocket-able device. Making full use of the hardware possibilities seems a different ballgame though.
I told myself that if need be, I could rely on other developers or perhaps even myself to fully unlock the potential of the device, but with proprietary systems this may be a lost cause. Shame really, I'm disappointed that this 'SMART' era with Smart phones and Smart TV's isn't really as smart as it could be...
Oh, and I can only hope German Support will be able to repair my ZL, at least I know they received it all right.
2013-10-25 09:46 AM - edited 2013-10-25 11:53 AM
Ok, so I sent in my phone to the German support center of W-support.com , as suggested by the German Sony Support staff (Mr. Pusch). Not only did I contact them (twice) beforehand, asking whether they would be proficient in handling this seemingly hard to fix case; also, in sending the phone, I made sure to explicitly mention the problem where possible: not only in their service form (Serviceanzeige), but also in an accompanying note, in both English and German as well as in a notice on the phone's desktop itself. In my text, I also pointed to this thread; in the case they wouldn't know what to do, perhaps they could get in touch with Sony about it or something.
Now, my phone was sent back without the problem being fixed. The support center message roughly translates to: "The repair was carried out based on the error description. The final test was successfully passed. Despite intensive testing, the error you specified could not be found."
I would say that this support experience is unacceptable on several fronts. Disregarding the fact that IMO the support center should inquire for more details if they can't find a defect, I feel hopeless as a Sony customer just wanting something that is advertised out of the box. Having bought a phone for a unique selling point that's missing is a really bad experience for me.
If this hardware problem can not be fixed, Sony could at least alleviate the discomfort somewhat. Think about:
In the end, all I want is to have a nice app to easily send some specific IR commands. If I could somehow enter those commands as hexadecimal strings manually, not having the signal learning function working wouldn't be all that bad, once the device is configured correctly.
Even though I already invested 15 EUR in this, I'm still hoping to get this learning function fixed as Sony claims to be possible. Where would I be able to get a proper repair/replace of my phone?
2013-10-25 09:58 AM
I'm very sorry to hear this.
Could you please send me a PM with this information:
Service number for the repair:
2013-10-25 11:04 AM
Does this means xperia ZL has manufacture defect ?? considerding IR?
I this case can I just go to any sony serivce center and ask for the return ??
Since in once service center it is accepted that the default IR in ZL has manufacture defect any other sony service center should accept it right??
Can moderator cofirm the same?
2013-10-25 12:08 PM
I would think some ZL units have a manufacturing defect regarding the InfraRed capabilities, even though there seems to be a handful users that claim to have manual learning working.
When comparing the device to my trusty other (old WinMobile i900) phone from 2008, I feel the Wifi range is slightly smaller too, but perhaps I can tweak this a bit with root privileges. Apart from this and the occasional speaker crackle+picture quality on older firmware, I haven't really experienced many problems with the device. Too bad that in my case the IR functionality is a requirement.
2013-11-05 03:57 PM
Any update on this matter Rickard?
I'd say that contrary to what you may believe as part of Sony's staff, there may be a bigger problem spanning Sony worldwide when it comes to customer service. Even though I apparently should be glad to have gotten my defective device returned to me at all, I'd still appreciate any pointers on how to fix this issue (if at all possible).