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Passport 8500 will no longer switch to LOUD mode

All of a sudden my Passport will not alert in LOUD mode. I've swiched the menu, and even set it back to factory settings then swiched to LOUD, and nothing. With the volume all the way up, it is still very quiet.

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Try doing a factory reset as described in the user manual since it is possible that a power fluctuation has somewhat corrupted the internally saved user settings.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009

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Open the end of the power cord it unscrews, check the fuse in it to see if its blown.

Ive also seen the screws loose that hold the circuit board down cause problems. If its out of warranty now, there should be a screw on the bottom usually under a sticker. If you peel that back and remove the screw, and lift the bottom off..Tighten any screw you see holding tbe board down, dont tighten it to hard. Then replace the cover.

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