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#2084 21-Aug-2004 08:22
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I am the satisfied owner of a palmOne Zire '72' but not without it's downsides. It started with my first Palm device, a Tungsten 'E' model. Or should I say both of them. Both suffered failures. The first was a system failure. The second was a display related problem with two of the superbright LED's turning yellowish. I traded in my last 'E' model for the '72'. I realize that manufacturers have quality control problems from time to time that are not representitive of the breed so I tried once again. This has rewarded me a very good device, one which has surpassed my Ipaq 1910 in terms of ease of operation. It even survives 'crashes' much better with the least amount of work to get up and running again. Most (over three quarters of these related to downloaded applications).
It's major setback is appearance related. It's nice blue coating is no longer. It started chipping off soon after (within a week and a half) much like a sweepstakes scratcher ticket. I found out that I could scratch off the remaing coating with a plastic knife minus damage to the case. No more ghetto look. It doesn't get the looks that the 'E' model got with it's polished case but it works great.
It's bundled software works very well, especially it's 'Doc's To Go' program. I have loaded news articles for later reading from a local web cliping service as well as the Palmreader for offline reading later. The camera works well too, with video (SD card required) for catching those spontaneous moments. I enjoy the Mp3 player too. Games (Asteroids, Bejeweled, Free Chess, and Solitaire) keep the boredom level low.
If there's a setback it's the ease of or rather the lack of securing the device to the belt with access to it's functions. The other is a very high pitched whine the device makes while on. The dispaly seems to be the culprit. When the backlight goes off during Mp3 play the whine stops, and also when the unit is off. It would be nice to find out if there's something I can do to alleviate this.
I hope this helps others with similar difficulties. Other tips of shortcuts would be appreciated as well.

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Mostly Harmless
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#7894 22-Aug-2004 16:50
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There will always be a small whine from the trasformer for the screen, however if it's excessive it may be another faulty unit. I've just sent my T3 back for replacement thanks to the whine (and it's the second one I've done this with).

Some people have found that they can reduce or eliminate the whine by using an overclocking utility and underclocking the unit. Lightspeed and PXAClocker may be of use.

Palm have some very nice units, but their quality control seems to be atrocious....

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#7895 22-Aug-2004 18:40
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Mostly Harmless. Thank you for your reply to my post. I've since made some changes. First the whine is heard mosty by my right ear and only close up on my left ear. Too much loud music as a kid I guess. The first modification is using an earpiece on my right ear. Stereo headphones work as well. The other mod comes in the form of a 3X4 inch piece of clear plastic as a slide cover in the front of the slightly modified Sony style NX series leather case from a local 99 cents store. My remaining question is will the faulty transformer cause the eventual demise of the '72'? If you have any idea I would appreaciate a response. Thank you again for your imput.
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#7897 22-Aug-2004 21:47
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I haven't heard any rumours of it causing any more than auditory annoyance. Certainly my T3 has run happily with it for 8 months or so (I really, really didn't want to send it back to Palm, as they insist on sending it to Singapore for replacement).

Love your solutions though!

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#10596 3-Dec-2004 06:59
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I've had several Palms....(replaced only due to theft & loss )- never ever heard a sound like this high pitched whine in the Zire 72 that I've got now ~ It's intolerable to anyone around me..(not to mention what it must be doing to my dogs!) and for a coupla' hundred euros, one shouldn't have to make accomodations to avoid the sound....I've tried the clocking software to no avail....Any new suggestions for solutions before I send it in for repair?

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#10597 3-Dec-2004 07:56
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I fear repair (well, replacement) is likely to be the only thing to put it right :-(

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