Just buy a new remote.
Well thanks for the reply, but Id rather not take the easy way out.
Your suggestion also introduces some problem I did not yet make mention off. Take teh following scenario: my gf hits a macro button on the remote, and unknowing to her it is sending signals for the next few seconds...... but she puts it down on my bed before the macro is done.... cutting off the end of the macro. Now the states are screwed up and I look like a tool reseting everything.
I want simple 1 button commands from the remote to trigger my macros within this purposed system.
URC has a device called and MSC-400 that works with their remotes. With this device the macros are in it and not in the remote. The remote simply sends a command to start the macro. Works just fine. It can also send commands to RS232 devices as well as sense various types of inputs.