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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.

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