devilred" Q#1 Hi, Optical 10..... Firstly let me say a hi to a fellow Manc. This must be Brits corner, then?
A #1 Guess we're tighter with our money up north and rip-off Britain makes us more frugal than most of the world Inc USA especially, bar our African friends
"devilred" = Q#2 So how's it working out to date?
"optical10" = A #2 It's working just fine..... (See the rest of my reply)
"devilred" Q #3 Is it generally the case then that one could pretty much upsize with any 2.5" IDE that would fit in the tin, or would it be safer to simply get, eg: a Hitachi Travelstar 250Gb drive?
"optical10" = A #3 I'm not 100% sure, in fact that's as one of the reasons I started this thread to determine which manufacturers models IDE 2.5" HD's are definitely compatible, however as mine (Western Digital) wasn't one of the hard drives mentioned in previous threads and other forums I would take an un-educated guess that it seems to be fine to choose any 2.5" laptop hard drive.
"devilred" = Q #4. I ask what may be bordering on the imbecilic....or any other high-brow bumph like that had been involved?
"optical10" = A #4 "I to profess to have no previous experience with Archos PMP's but reading through these forums and asking a friend with Archos experience it seems to me that these things originally were made to be very flexible and upgradable, which Archos must have realised was financially detrimental and being a global business had to change in fear of losing revenue, hence the lack of upgradability on later models.
"devilred" = Q #5 So........what procudures, precautions, etc, need to be employed (other than choosing a drive that fits in the tin, and staying below the firmware version 1.5xxx you quoted) when ignoring the official "not even in our workshops!" line, and doing the deed?
"optical10" = A #5 as you seem to have covered the obvious firmware rule all I can add is that I made sure I wore a antistatic wrist strap and also remember to transfer the antistatic/protective film that covers the hard drive component board from making direct contact with the battery case. I used installation tape, as the original protective film was not the right size/orientation because it was from the original Toshiba, then the Seagate hard drive which also didn't have one, as as was the case with the Western Digital.
"devilred" = Q #6 .........are you finding it relatively trouble-free or are there particular issues, and given the opportunity, is there another HDD that you would have plumped for?
"optical10" = A #6 I can honestly say I'm finding it trouble-free and I would repeat my choice of Western Digital hard drives due to their after sales service (even though I have had several replacements on the 3.5" HD's which had been replaced with no quibbles and extremely speedily).
"devilred" = Q #7 ........When installed, does the Archos recognize the new drive capacity........or does operate in denial and continue to claim its working with the original size?
"optical10" = A #7 Yes the Archos does recognise the new drive capacity, no problems there.
"devilred" = Q #8 .....Have you heard news of any hacks, etc, yet that get around your having to run your new drive on dinosaur firmware?
"optical10" = A #7 Now I haven't heard any more on the hack situation, although I can't say I'm a typical Archos PMP user as I only use it for MP3s and hardly for any video. So I guess if I was using it more for video recording and playback I would need the latest codec software etc and I would be in more trouble with this older firmware.
"devilred" = Q #9 Lastly, what part of the rainy city do you call home?
"optical10" = A #9 I'm a bit closer to the clouds and I can see the Pennines from my bedroom in Romilly, Stockport. Go to my YouTube web space, (username = optical10) to see my fields and the wild outdoors outside my bedroom window, hope you enjoy it
all the best with your hard drive upgrade.