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Old 12-12-2005, 08:44 AM   #1
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Increasing sound volume by drilling holes in the back of the z22

Hi,

Bought my wife the z22. Seems perfect for her (sweet little device). My only major complaint is how quiet the alarms are. It's alarms are the most quiet of ANY Palm I've experienced.

Looking at the back (which seems vaguelly translucent), I've notice a semi- crescent barely visible, which looks like a speaker to me. I was thinking of trying to drill some holes to increase the volume.

Anyone try this? Or anyone have any other hacks to increase the volume. Obviously, I'd like not to wreck the thing, so, if anyone has advice, I'd love to hear it!
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just make sure that the alarm volume is on high before you do that. That pizeo speaker can be quite annoining when louder
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Old 12-12-2005, 12:10 PM   #3
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I read a post about (And subsequently tried) something like this back in my Clie T625-owning days; The T625 has like, three tiny holes for it's speaker out which annoyed me. While it couldn't play MP3s, I had uploaded every single MIDI file I had into it because it had Polyphonic alarms (Something which no current Palm PDA can do! *cries*).

Drilled out some more in a circle around the speaker and in a cross-shape with the three. It did make it louder, but TBH the difference wasn't as much as I'd hoped.

One note: This may be a trivial point, but if you do this then I highly recomment you take the outer casing off because it's very easy to drill through the speaker cone (In fact, it's nigh-impossible to drill through without puncturing the cone on the T-series )

I wonder if you can use one of those cone-less speaker transducers with the flat back of a PDA to be a more powerful speaker?
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Cyker--thanks for the thoughts. I was thinking of removing the back for exactly the reasons you give. Trying to figure out how to get it off is another matter!
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Yeah, and it voids the warrenty

It was quite easy but very tedious on the T-series (A metric arse-load of tiny screws, and typical Sony dense-packing of the innards), but a lot of Palms seem to be snap-lock instead of screwed-in, espescially the less expensive ones, so opening them up may require some good shivs and a careful hand...!

Sadly I haven't seen any Z22 dissassembly websites/images that might help you
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