DoneDefAG, if I had this problem, I would just get a universal remote. There are so many good choices out there from $15 and up that I would never bother with the remote supplied by the cable company or otherwise.
You get all the advantages of only having one remote, macros to turn everything on or off with one button push, batteries for just one remote, not five ... It just depends if you prefer a Sony RM-VL600, a basic (but good) URC model, a JP-1 type remote (Robman is the expert on these), a Harmony, a professional model URC (MikeSRC is the expert on these) or anything else.
- Prices start at $15.
- There are plenty of excellent options under $50.
- Even better options under $100.
- Amazing options from $100 to $200!
- Almost limitless options and functions beyond $200.
In your case, I would look at the Harmony range since their database of 175,000 devices will only require the model numbers of your equipment to get you going. All that code searching gibberish seems like a bad memory from another era to me. Sorry if this seems unsympathetic, but that would be my prefered solution to your problem if it was my home.
If you are not convinced (and nobody has an answer to your original post), just get the Sony refurbished from Sony direct for $15 and free shipping. You can teach it the commands from the original Sylvania remote if you need to.http://sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665092997
If you are convinced, on the other hand, I have never had to teach a Harmony anything, since all my equipment was recognized after setup (without those codes). I did tweak some button presses for some devices, but I just used the software, not any learning process.