Temporary workaround for low volume alarms

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  1. JayP

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    As many have noted, the iPAQ 210 has a rather low output through the speakers, even if the volume is set at max. Hopefully, there will be a software fix soon. However, to help alleviate the problem of not being able to hear my alarms, I gathered a few sound clips and amplified them a few times, just before their crackling point. I have uploaded a ZIP file of a handful of sounds in WAV and WMA format. The WMA are much smaller in filesize; however, I found that the WAVs were playing more loudly.

    To install, simply copy the sound clip to your /Windows directory on your WM device. Then go to Settings-->Sounds & Notifications and choose the Notifications tab at the bottom. In the Event box, you'll probably see "ActivSync: Begin sync." Tap on the triangle to the right of the box and choose Reminders. You will then see a list of sound clips that have been located in the Windows directory and can be selected as the clip to play for the reminder. Note: If you have Sounds & Notifications open while adding sound clips to the /Windows folder, then you'll need to close out of Sounds & Notifications and reopen, so that it will rescan the /Windows folder for new clips.

    If you have a favorite sound, you can experiment with loading it into a sound editor program and amplifying the sound. Obviously, it doesn't solve the problem entirely, but perhaps it will help dealing with it.

    You should find the zip file here (1.7megs):

    http://www.fileshack.us/get_file.php?id=899403&file=Amplified_Alarms.zip

    There are 7 sound clips, each with their WAV and WMA versions: cuckoo clock, harp, sliding whistle, chorus singing "Hallelujah", car driving by, James Brown singing "I feel good", and "No Soup for You" from Seinfeld.
     
  2. LifelessDrive

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    JayP is a genius!!! Using his advice I took the Alarm 5.wav file from the windows directory and re-recorded it as a wav file at a higher volume. I also looped it a few times to make the alarm sound longer. I renamed it Loud Alarm.wav and have attached it here for anyone who wants to use it. You could convert any sound file but I liked the alarm 5 file. I found that I had to convert it to a .wav file in order for it to work in the "Clocks and Alarms" section as well as the "reminder notification" section. Just drop the new file in the windows directory and your on your way. Hopefully there will be a permanent fix to the audio problem, but in the mean time using this method should adequately satisfy those who want to abandon or avoid the 210 because of low alarm volumes. I know I was quite annoyed but now I am as happy as the proverbial " pig ....".:) This solution along with using TCPMP preamp for my mp3s and videos has solved almost all my audio concerns.

    CR... sorry I tried to upload the file as a .zip but brighthand said it was to big... any suggestions as to how I can post it?
     
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    Dead Palm TX owner here:( starting to believe in the 210. I haven't read or heard this anywhere else. Does the 210 include a vibrate feature somewhere in its $450 MSRP?

    Also, don't know what I'll do without Bonsai (probably wait till it finally shows up on the dark side)
     
  4. LifelessDrive

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    Stuart... the 210 does not have a vibrate feature... as for the audio problem, if you read through many of threads in this forum you will get a better understanding of all the complaints about audio. As for the $450 price, the 210 can be had for almost $100 cheaper ($350 Canadian) if you are willing to buy it online through a Canadian distributor (try cendirect.com)
     
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    How about just uploading it to fileshack.us as did JayP
     
  6. StuartS

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    LifelessDrive,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm sad to hear about the lack of vibrating alert. What about meetings, etc.? Come to think about it, I guess my TX didn't vibrate either.

    Anyway, I saw that the Canadians are selling the 210 cheaper. I was worried about who my warranty would be through though? I am definitely going to purchase some kind of extended warranty when and if I purchase this device.
     
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    This is the sound I've been using. I think is pretty loud. Anyone care to make it even louder ;)
     

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    That's great thanks LD for uploading that. It's about twice as loud as the original file.

    Thanks to JP as well.
     
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    I'm glad that this is helping others' experience as well my own. My alarms are now certainly as loud as I want them, possibly too loud. :p
     
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    Wow! Just Wow! What a super smart Idea!! I took the Legend of Zelda sound when you find a secret, and I pumped up the volume so much on the Windows Recording thingy, and Man!! This surpasses the Axim's speaker now! Goodness, now reminder are really loud......

    Goodness Gracious, I just though about something too as I was writing this. I can probably do the same thing to iGuidance's voice's prompts!! Oh man! The 210 get's better with each passing day!!
     
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    This explains why some people were seeing the problem and others not. The first thing I installed was CorePlayer and it's volume control obviously bumped my 214 up to 100% so I never noticed the problem.

    This is good news though. It means this is not a hardware problem, it's just being driven at 55% out of the box. There's usually a new firmware version out within a couple of months of a new device being released. Final testing is always carried out by the customer these days ;)
     
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    Yes, I was just doing a little testing myself based on this information. Some programs, like Coreplayer, can really bump it up to 100%. I typically use headphones for music.

    For alarms, I use SPB Time. It's ascending and/or maximum volume on alarms works just fine for me.

    So I really hadn't noticed the issue. I just tried the default alarm at max volume. Yeah, that would not have woke me up...
     
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    How about the built-in Record function (Notes) of ipaq 210? I've found the volume of the recordings too low to be useful. I still don't know whether the problem is due to the microphone or the recording gain or the speaker. If I use a third party recording program, will that help?
     
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    Has anyone checked out the 'InitVol' registry value in the following registry key?
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\SoundCategories\Reminder\

    I understand that value can be from 0 (no sound) to 5 (max volume).

    I don't have a registry editor loaded yet, so I couldn't check out what HP defaulted it to. (I'm at work with no access to download to my 210.) I can check it out tonight if I haven't heard back from anyone.

    If it's a simple matter of updating the registry value, that would be sweet. It couldn't be that easy though, could it?
     
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    My 210 does not have a "Reminder" under Soundcatagories

    Alan
     
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    I can also confirm that the "Reminder" key is missing on the 210. I have checked the 2 device i currently have on hand.
     
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    I can confirm this also, not only on my 210, but also on an Axim x51v. Both have the same registry settings under SoundCategories
     
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    How did you re-record it?
     
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