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This is the fourth in a series of articles designed to save you
Not a day passes without somebody calling me for a factory reset
Installers really ought to be aware of these codes for all models.
They can save a lot of time if the fault is caused simply by
incorrect menu settings. To help you out, here is a list of the most
common. Remember that a factory reset may put the channel settings
back to a time when only Astra 1A and 1B existed!
Amstrad SRD400. There is no reset code but you can remove the
parental lock. If the receiver seems to be stuck in standby, press
[H/V] [H/V] [Audio]. Four dashes will appear
in the display if the receiver is locked. To reset it, simply unplug
it then plug it back in to the mains supply. Leave it for 48 hours
without touching ANY buttons and it will then come out of lock
Amstrad SRD510, 520, 540, 550. The factory reset puts all channel
settings back as new. All of your customised settings will be lost!
Put the receiver into standby and press [OK] [SETUP]
[STATUS] Hold this last button until LEDs flash.
Amstrad SR950, SRD700. There is no factory reset. You must retune
each channel by hand!
Amstrad SRD600. Disconnect mains. Hold in the recessed button by
pushing a matchstick through the hole in the front panel. Apply mains
power and release the button.
Pace SS3000/6000. Press [Setup]  
 to bring it out of lock.
Tuning Menu: press [Setup]  
. For global settings press [Setup] 
Pace SS9xxx models. Press [Setup] [P] 
 [store] [up] [down] for factory
reset. 60 channel models will then need the polarisation correcting
for channels 25 to 31 and you must select internal decoder and AV in
the menu for each Sky channel.
Tuning Menu: press [Setup]  
 for 60 channel models, [Setup]  for 90
channel models. Philips models have a [Menu] button instead
of a [Setup] button. Press [Setup] or
[Status] to step through the menu lines. For global settings
(LNB offset and contrast) press [Setup] 
  for 60 channel models and [Setup]
 for 90 channel. [Setup]  
 will scan frequencies.
To reset PIN on 9200 and some 9000 models to 1234. Remove power from
Hold [Standby] [up] [down] keys
simultaneously on the front panel and restore power.
To reset PIN on 9000 models to 1234. Go into standby. Press
[Standby] then [Store] and hold [Store] for
20 seconds. During this time the channel ident should remain in the
top RHS of the screen.
Pace PRD models. Press [Menu] [P] [store]
[right] [left] for factory reset. This also works for
the MRD920. To turn blue background on/off press [F]
Pace PRD Plus and MSS models. Press [Menu] 
[store] [right] [left].
Early PRD Plus models may revert to 99 channels only. On MSS models,
the factory reset changes only the installation settings. It will not
reset the individual channel frequencies. You must download from
another receiver or use PaceLink to regain all channels. In this
respect, the reset on the MSS models is safer than most.
Pace manufactured Philips models. Press [MENU] 
     for
reset. Remember that the STU824 remote can operate a TV as well so
press [SAT] for the satellite receiver! It has an interesting
feature: To turn IR remote operation ON press: [Standby] and
[down] and connect mains power. (Holding [Standby]
and [up] will disable remote operation).
Pace MSP positioners can be reset (memory erased!) by pressing
[Normal] [P] [Store] [Status].
Palcom SL-500. To erase memory, press [MODE] [POWER]
off [ERASE] [POWER] on. Factory Reset: Turn mains
off, hold [up][down] and switch mains on. Select
appropriate mode (full configuration or just tuner reset). Press
[POWER] on remote control.
Grundig GRD150 etc. Pin number is 2355. Astra reset code is 2601.
Unfortunately, the system wipes out all channel names if you use the
Astra reset feature in the menu. Note that, when you set the LNB
frequency to 9.750 it is most important to precede it with a zero so
you should press    
, otherwise all channel tuning will be lost as it reverts
Minerva SAT1500. Pin number is 2580. Astra reset code is 1937. See
comments for Grundig.
Cambridge ARD200, Akai SX1000, BT SVS200, Alba SR7000, JVC TU-AD1000.
Factory reset. All program ident graphics will be deleted! The only
way to regain them is to download the information from another
receiver or re-program each channel manually. Hold channel DOWN
button and plug receiver into mains. Release button and wait 25
Cambridge RD480. Disconnect mains. Hold [down] button and
reconnect mains. Release button and wait 20 seconds until channel
number appears. This procedure removes parental lock ("stuck in
standby") and resets all customised settings.
Chaparral Monterey master clear: Switch mains on. Hold
[Enter] and [Volume] buttons and press
[Power]. Wait a few seconds then press [Power]
Echostar SR5500 password is 7907878.
Echostar SR-70VC and Connections CX95A factory reset. Hold
[down] and [up] and reconnect mains. Continue to hold
the two buttons until "SEL" appears in the display. release the
buttons then press [down] until "PR1" appears in the display.
Press Standby and the display will count down to zero as it resets.
(PR2 gives German defaults).
Mimtec Nimbus. To get rid of parental lock press [Setup]. The
display will show COdE. Enter   
  within 3 seconds. The display will flash PIn
and 9999 alternately. Enter   
 and press [Store].
Nokia SAT1700. No factory reset is possible, however a programming
box is available.
If you have details of resets or secret codes from other models, I'd
be pleased to hear from you!