I followed your instructions. Tho it still does not want to connect to my computer. When I connect the Archos to the computer the popup that asks if you want to connect by usb or only charge. Flashes on the screen and then goes away.
That right there is a telltale sign that the USB port (not cable) is screwy. This could be either on the computer's side or the Archos' side. You need to move the cable up/down to see when you get a proper contact and try to see if you can connect to it like that. If you can connect and see the partition on the computer, then your port may be broken (and to fix it can and will take some time). If this doesn't work, it may also be possible that the USB port has some loose/dislodged/broken pins that deliver data. If you can still charge with the cable, just not transfer data, then this may also be the case. Either way, you're gonna need some solder and a soldering iron and to dig in to it.
I've tried to see if I can catch it, even if I do. It still doesn't want to connect. Also the options in the upper right hand corner doesn't want to respond anymore. I used the latest firmware on my archos. Do you recommend me trying an older one? If not, is there anything else you think I can do?
By the way. Thank you for your help. Even if none of this work. I'm at least happy that I'm trying different things to get this going also that I was able to find help. Again thank you for your help.
If you're on the official firmware, you can't really try an older firmware without patching the device first, and for that, you need linux and (you guessed it) access to the drive. If you open the device up and connect it directly to a linux box and follow this guide
you should be able to downgrade it and patch it (remembering to connect it back to the device every time you're done on the PC). If you follow that guide, it's easier (IMO) if you leave the device opened and unscrewed while you use the touchscreen as you may need to connect it back and, if the port don't work, is easier than having to tear it down every time you need computer access. Anyway, once it's patched, you can go directly and install patched firmware from here