Although I completely understand your frustration, I can only recommend toning it down a notch, for your own sanity.
...the keyword is patience.Hear me out?
I bought my Archos 101 in June of this year (2011) and I'm on my third one. I've had it replaced by Archos twice. Archos has been very understanding & the RMA process has been smooth so far.
The second replacement arrived two days ago (10/13/11) and I'm a bit apprehensive to use it for fear that something will go wrong with this one (the other two each only lasted a few weeks before something went wrong, and I'm not a heavy user of my tablet by any means).
Anyway, I originally selected the 101 for the advertised features included, but mainly because it has the ability to tether to my HTC Windows cell phone for Internet access, which worked great with the two prior 101 tablets (I haven't tried connecting this third one yet...I'm hoping it will work as planned...fingers crossed). Overall, the Archos tablets seem to be a good value, if
& when they function as advertised. Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan.
That being said, I agree that there are some technical issues that need to be worked out with whoever manufactures Archos' tablets, we just need to cut the Archos employees a break, in addition to online forums, after all, there are A LOT of other customers/fans that have experienced similar concerns that need to "vent" as well. If we be as brief as possible in our responses, & less angry, we can be more productive and move on.
I can only suggest that you try to work with Archos & the RMA process as best you can. I do believe they are willing to help, they may just be overwhelmed with similar customer concerns.
In the grand scheme of things, getting our undies in a bunch over a $250 Internet tablet will do nothing but stress ourselves out and really do nothing productive for anyone.
Just my 2 cents