Do batteries just die?

  Ian in Northampton 10:26 10 Mar 12

I just acquired a rather nice secondhand PB All-In-One. It has a TV tuner, and comes with a remote. But: I can't get the remote to function. An IR driver is loaded and shows no errors, so the only thing I'm left to think is that the remote's batteries are dead. It uses a pair of those flat silver ones, about the size of a 10p piece. I checked with the seller, and she had never used the remote in the two years she'd had the PC. So: have the batteries just died - even though they've never been used - and I need to replace them?

  rdave13 10:29 10 Mar 12

I'd go for the battery replacement. They've been in the remote for 2 years not sealed up in packaging.

  Ian in Northampton 10:31 10 Mar 12

Thanks rdave.

  birdface 11:06 10 Mar 12

Clean the front of the remote.Does the remote show any sign of life when pressing anything on it.If it has never been used maybe the batteries have a cover in the bottom of them that needs to be removed before they will work.

£1 shop should sell them.

  KRONOS the First 11:23 10 Mar 12

Buy them from the pound shop and you get what you pay for, rubbish.

  wee eddie 11:47 10 Mar 12

Before you do anything else.

Get an ordinary pencil > Rub it over both sides of the Batteries and the Contact points within the Remote > Reinstall > Try again > Just in case a build up of Oxides has broken a contact somewhere down the road.

  Ian in Northampton 13:28 10 Mar 12

Many thanks guys. Some things to check out there.

  octal 13:40 10 Mar 12

Shelf life, they do die after a period of time even if they are not used because there is a certain amount of internal resistance involved which runs the battery down eventually.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:23 10 Mar 12

If in the remote they are in use, even if not pressing any buttons, so I would expect them to be dead after two years.

Your lucky they haven't corroded, clean the contacj faces as suggested before fitting new batteries.

  Ian in Northampton 14:39 10 Mar 12

Good stuff again, guys. Thanks.

  BT 08:52 11 Mar 12

To check if a remote is working point it at a digital camera or video camera, and observe it on the camera screen. You should see it flashing when you press a button as the camera sensor will detect the Infra Red.

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