Vizio TV remote stopped working

I have had my Vizio VW37L HDTV40A for a long time but don’t really watch it much as it’s in the bedroom.

With no warning what so ever it decided that the remote would not work. – I thought that was odd so I immediately changed the batteries and confirmed that there was nothing in the way of the IR receiver on the TV itself.

I noticed that I could still change the channels from the TV but nothing would work with the remote. I tried installing a universal remote on my phone and tried all the suggested models still nothing. It makes me think that the TV IR receiver may have stopped working.

I tried to reset the TV, that made no difference so I went into the setup wizard, it started but then requires a remote to get to the next screen so now I was stuck with no remote and my TV in the setup wizard. – That’s a little frustrating. I researched online and someone suggested powering on the TV with the button on the side of the TV then immediately hitting the menu button and holding it until the screen comes on. This gets me back to be able to watch TV with no remote control. However, every time I switch the TV on I have to go through this same procedure or it defaults into the set up wizard and I am stuck again.

I will continue researching the IR receiver and why it would just suddenly stop working.

One other thing that occurred, during all the testing and switching on and off, the VIZIO light on the front that normally goes from orange to white when you switch it on now only glows orange and doesn’t change when you switch the TV on.