Since you say that you are experiencing serious browser issues, can you say a bit about which specific sites you were browsing when the browser crashed, if you had several tabs opened, what were you exactly doing when it crashed.
No - its random. As I said, it looks to me like the sort of memory leak/memory allocation/pointer dereferencing/stack overflow problems. If it was open system we could check this in a jiffy - but of course it isn't.
When you "Clear temporary system files and cache" that shouldn't delete your bookmarks, is it doing that? It should only delete such things as browser cache, thumbnails and animated thumbnails, browser cookies and browser automated sessions.
This won't help - I need to clear the WiFi settings, (dunno why), which does zap the favourites. I suspect there is a real problem in the way in which this (hidden) file system works and how/when information is written back.
And running such embedded browser on a DaVinci platform is a worlds first. iPhone, XboX360, all those have a lot of reported failures, crashes, brickings, clueless outsourced customer support.
Very misleading - I've had a (very stable) web browser on my Palm Tungsten for literally years. That runs the TI OLAP chip - the predecessor to the DaVinci. And the Archos return rate is probably at least 10 times higher
in percentage terms than Palms, not to mention Apple's, Nokias, XBoxes etc. (Even the two enthusiasts who started the "I Like my 704" thread had already had their duff units swapped!)
I think it's too easy to express so much comtempt towards Archos as some people are in this forum, just because it isn't a major established multinational.
The only contempt seems to be the attitude of Archos to their customers.
The company has some potentially good products but ruins it with their complete inability to support them. Small companies live and die by the quality of their support - the multinationals didn't get to be multinationals without world-class customer support.
I think every country has consumer protection laws saying you are allowed to return a product within a couple of weeks at the minimum, even opened, if you think that it does not perform as advertised.
Tell Archos. They ignore this. Indeed, if you read the Archos licence agreement you will see that it specifically disclaims any fitness for purpose and has no performance warranties at all. As it happens, I did return it, and it took over 5 weeks and the threat of court action to get a replacement with a stuck pixel, continuing firmware problems and the loss of my plug-ins.
You may want to reconsider your relentless and frankly unreasonable support of Archos. If Archos doesn't change, it won't stay in business long. Even if you are sufficiently star-struck to believe that faulty products and abysmal service are a price worth paying to keep your friends in Archos in business, the market (led by the big US retailers) will I'm afraid disagree.
You seem to believe that sites such as this just attract people with problems - and use this argument to totally discount your members views. I think you are wrong. I think a similar poll to this one on an Apple site asking whether people were having problems with their IPhone would give a 95%+ "No" response. Why this difference - even though you are probably right that some IPhone users will also be experiencing problems? I think the answer is that Apple customers know that Apple is a company that prioritises customer service. When there are problems they have a good record of admitting them, immediately addressing them, and through prompt exchange and voucher programmes turn potential disasters into opportunities to build customer loyalty. If I had an IPhone, I'd be able to get instant and informed telephone support, 48-hour product exchange if there was a problem and I would be absolutely confident that new features (not just imaginary bug fixes) would continue to be delivered through firmware updates - as has happened to IPods and Itunes.
Archos prefers to give even their best customers the finger and a very Gallic shrug.