I have created a google site with some modifications to the original tutorial
Please have a look at Archos GF Hack tutorial
thanx to everyone one who made it possible.
Special thanks to EINSTEIN, ACHILLES, KMAN666 and archosfans, archos.g3nius.org, cyrus
and one more permanent mirror for the rootfs.cramfs.secure GF hack 1.7.11
here it is http://sites.google.com/site/archos5imt/home/rootfs.cramfs.secure?attredirects=0&d=1
Hello everybody, Namaste nokiae50
I never used Linux or Android before. I have been monkeying around with my new Archos 5 for the last 4 days wondering why I can't install Android stuff and after the 3d day I became to know I actually got an Archos with no Android. Since then I have been trying to find the way to hack the Archos to use Android, XP, Vista or anything else a little more open that what Archos 5 comes with in order to be able to install apps.
I am following your instructions
and this is my first time using Ubuntu (and Linux!). It took several hours to figure out the best way to install Ubuntu having Windows at the same time.
I don't know if I make an important mistake at this point of your tutorial:
Then mounting the hidden partition to the folder "disk" which was created just now using the previous command
sudo mount -t ext3 -o offset=159800739840 /dev/sdb /media/disk
So now change the sdb to what every you get in your system when you do a sudo fdisk -l
I have an Archos 5 with 250Gb so my offset was different, no problem so far. Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 30361 243874701 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
offset: 30361 x 8225280 = 249727726080
Then I did this:
sudo mkdir /media/disk
sudo mount -t ext3 -o offset=249727726080 /dev/sdb /media/disk
The problem is I was following the tutorial step by step and after I finished with that part I read you need to "change the sdb
to what every you get in your system when you do a sudo fdisk -l"
What I get when I do a "sudo fdisk -l " is sdb1.
I tried to do it again using sdb1 but it didn't work.
Reading the instructions again I realized I actually didn't install the downgrade. I followed your tutorial
I followed everything step by step using again
sudo mkdir /media/disk (already created)
sudo mount -t ext3 -o offset=249727726080 /dev/sdb /media/disk (sdb1 didn't work... it is because my previous mistake?)
Third, to actually downgrade the firmware. You will need to locate three .cramfs.secure files and copy them to the system partition of your device. Here's a copy of the files
I am not sure how to "copy them to the system partition", so I copied them to the system folder in Archos. Is this what you mean?
Next I did this:
sudo umount /media/disk
Finally I unplugged the Archos and checked the firmware version... it was still 1.7.11
What I am doing wrong? What do you recommend me to do now?
Thank you in anticipation.
Not being successful and having the option in the device I decided to format the disk to install the firmware version 1.6.54.
Now, the device is giving me always a white screen that says:Archos G6H Recovery (code 101)
Would you like to recover your system?
Force Touchscreen Calibration
I tried all the options getting always the same white screen.
When I connect the device to the USB of the PC I can't see it in Windows XP.
Trying to install the firmware again or at least to have the device working again, I searched the web finding this post
. I tried to install the USB drivers mentioned there on my PC but when I click on the EXE files nothing happens.
I feel completely lost, tired and hopeless
I need help... please