Easily Change Motorola E6 (ROKR) Volume Limits

If you own a Motorola E6 (ROKR) cell phone, when listening to music with headphones or through the phone speaker, you may find that sometimes the highest volume setting is not loud enough, or conversely that sometimes the lowest volume setting is too loud. This is usually the result of being in different types of environments with differing amounts of background noise. For example, the volume is too low when traveling on a busy train, or maybe the volume is too high when listening in a quiet library or when using sound isolating earphones, such as the Shure SE110 Earphones, which require relatively lower volumes when listening.

The ability to adjust the system volume to your preferences for comfortable listening is very important, especially when trying to avoid unnecessarily high volumes that can damage your hearing. The Motorola E6 (ROKR) cell phone does not come installed with any software to change the maximum volume to a higher setting, or the minimum volume to a lower setting. An application called “VolSet”, written by another Motorola E6 user, can be installed to easily change the limits of the system volume on the E6.

Motorola E6 - Easily Change Motorola E6 (ROKR) Volume Limits

Highlights of the “VolSet” Application

  • Change volume limits: Allows the user to adjust the various system volume settings of the Motorola E6, beyond what the phone will allow during normal operation. Up to 19 different volume settings can be adjusted including the headphone volume, speaker volume, handsfree volume, microphone volume, and more.
  • Silent camera: The camera click sound can be disabled and re-enabled using “VolSet”.
  • Restore settings: Previously adjusted volume settings can be restored the next time you start the “VolSet” application, which is particularly useful after a reboot or restart. The program needs to be re-run whenever you reboot your phone if you want to maintain or restore your changes from the previous session.

From The Forums – User Experiences

Forums are often the best places to find answers. Thread summaries show the key points & conclusions of the thread authors, to save you the time of searching the full thread for answers.

Topic: “VolSet” Increases Volume on A1200/E6
Full Forum Thread
Thread Summary: For the Motorola E6, users confirm that the application “VolSet” can increase or decrease the volume settings for different audio functions of the E6. For some altered (or modded) firmware versions, “VolSet” will not increase the volume of the speaker for playing audio. However, “VolSet” can still be useful for phones with such firmware versions for changing the volumes for other options. Also, for all firmware versions, touch screen sound effects will not work after installing this program.


Easily Change System Volume By Installing “VolSet”

Warning: Just a reminder that you install programs to your phone at your own risk. TechUserFriendly.com has successfully tested the procedure detailed below, without any problems. This application will not make any permanent changes to your phone settings. If you do not like the settings or the application, you can either manually reset what your changed or else restart your phone. Touch screen sound effects will not work after installing this program.

First make sure that you can install PKG files on your Motorola E6, which requires the MPKG application (more info: Guide to Modding Your E6, section B, “How to Install MPKG”, and section C, “Installing PKG Files”).

  1. Download “volset-0.5.pkg.zip” from: http://www.motorolafans.com/forums/a1200-applications/16224-app-volset-increases-volume-a1200-3.html#post131271
  2. Rename “volset-0.5.pkg.zip” to “volset-0.5.pkg”; i.e. remove the “.zip” extension from the filename.
  3. Download “volset.sh.txt” from: http://www.motorolafans.com/forums/a1200-applications/16224-app-volset-increases-volume-a1200-5.html#post132172
  4. Rename “volset.sh.txt” to “volset.sh”; i.e. remove the “.txt” extension from the filename.
  5. Connect the Motorola E6 cell phone to your computer. Copy “volset-0.5.pkg” to the E6 memory card root directory. Safely remove and disconnect the phone from the computer.
  6. Install “volset-0.5.pkg” (section C, “Installing PKG Files”, Guide to Modding Your E6).
  7. Reconnect the E6 to your computer. Copy/overwrite volset.sh to “.system/QTDownLoad/volset”. Safely remove and disconnect the phone from the computer.
  8. Open “VolSet”, which is listed with the name “Set Volume” in the list of programs. “VolSet” asks if you want to “restore your last setting”. Select “No”.Open VolSet - Easily Change Motorola E6 (ROKR) Volume Limits
  9. The next screen allows you to select the range of settings that you would like to change, or to just view. Select Range “1-7”.Select Range in VolSet - Easily Change Motorola E6 (ROKR) Volume Limits
  10. Do either a or b, depending on if you want to increase or decrease the headphone volume. Please be patient as there is a 3-5 second delay when selecting and changing the settings below. After running “VolSet”, while playing audio, audio will play through speaker rather than the headphones, while the headphones remain plugged into the Motorola E6. When this happens, you will need to unplug the headphones for a few seconds, then plug the headphones back in. If the problem continues, then unplug headphones for a few seconds longer and try again.a) If the headphone volume is too loud for you on even the lowest volume setting, then select “Low” for “7) 3mm5 nomic st”. For a headset with a mic, select “Low” for “2) headset stero”. Select “Update Sound”. Select “Exit”.

    VolSet Options 1 to 7 - Easily Change Motorola E6 (ROKR) Volume Limits

    b) If the headphone volume is not loud enough for you on even the highest volume setting, then select a higher level for “7) 3mm5 nomic st”. For a headset with a mic, select a higher level for “2) headset stero”. Select “Update Sound”. Select “Exit”.It is recommended to only increase these levels by 1 level at a time (i.e. from “Norm” to “+1”), then test to see if the volume meets your preference. If the volume is still not loud enough, then repeat this step. When testing the new settings, it’s highly recommended to start by playing the audio file at the lowest volume first, then increase the volume to see if it is loud enough. This is to avoid hearing damage caused by potentially setting the volume level higher than intended.

  11. Do either a or b, depending on if you want to increase or decrease the speaker volume. Please be patient as there is a 3-5 second delay when selecting and changing the settings below.a) If the speaker volume is too loud for you on even the lowest volume setting, then re-open VolSet and select Range “1-7” again. Select “Low” for “1) loudspk music”. Select “Update Sound”. Select “Exit”.

    b) If the speaker volume is not loud enough for you on even the highest volume setting, then re-open VolSet and select Range “1-7” again. Select a higher level for “1) loudspk music”. Select “Update Sound”. Select “Exit”.It is recommended to only increase these levels by 1 level at a time (i.e. from “Norm” to “+1”), then test to see if the volume meets your preference. If the volume is still not loud enough, then repeat this step. When testing the new settings, it’s highly recommended to start by playing the audio file at the lowest volume first, then increase the volume to see if it is loud enough. This is to avoid hearing damage caused by potentially setting the volume level higher than intended.

Full “VolSet” Volume Settings

The definitions for all of the Motorola E6 volume settings are not known, since these setting names originate from the manufacturer and not the author of “VolSet”. However, enough settings are understood to change the volume settings most useful to most users (full forum thread). The same methods for changing settings mentioned above, can be used to change any of the following settings in “VolSet”.

  1. “loudspk music”: loudspeaker output level for playing music
  2. “headset stero”: headphone with mic, output level for playing music
  3. “loudspk hfree”: loudspeaker output level in voice calls using handsfree
  4. “handset vcall”: small speaker (earpiece of handset) output level for voice calls
  5. “headset mono”: Bluetooth headset output level for voice calls
  6. “car kit vcall”: output level for voice calls using a car kit
  7. “3mm5 nomic_st”: headphone without mic, output level for playing music
  8. “3mm5 nomic_cl”: headphone without mic, output level for voice calls
  9. “mic normalrec”: microphone sensitivity in normal recording
  10. “mic voicecall”: microphone sensitivity for voice calls
  11. “mic handsfree”: microphone sensitivity for voice calls using handsfree
  12. “headmic music”: (unsure)
  13. “headmic vcall”: (unsure)
  14. “carkit mic in”: microphone sensitivity for voice calls using a car kit
  15. “emukit spk ou”: (unsure)
  16. “emukit mic in”: (unsure)
  17. “emukit spk cl”: (unsure)
  18. “emukit mic cl”: (unsure)
  19. “fmradi spk ou”: FM radio output level


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