Working for a thrift store has its perks. Years ago, we had a rear projection tv donated to us. Our day program for the handicapped bought it and used it until about a year ago. The buttons on the front had broken and the only way to use it was with a remote control. Since the remote hadn’t been donated with it, I programmed a universal remote to work for it. This worked to a fashion. We could do basic things like turn it on and off, change the channels and volume, but more advanced functions were lost. Most importantly, we couldn’t use the AV hookups; we could only use a VCR on channel 4. When the program decided to replace the TV, I bought it. Since it was pretty beat up, I only had to pay $100 for it. The screen was scratched but it was still watchable.
A few months later, I got through the donations a dead tv of the same brand (not the same model) with a compatible remote. Now I could make all the functions work! This week things got even better. Someone donated the same model tv. It was dead, but I removed the controls and the screen. I transplanted these parts onto my unit and now I have a perfectly functioning 40 inch tv! Sometimes good things come to those that wait!