Oh, thanks a lot, mr "mls", you are very funny!
Not sure what you find "funny" about statements of well known facts? What really bothers me though is that I have no idea how, why, who, or what MOD changed the the original title/subject of this thread to read "after firmware upgrade to 4.0.4-28..."?
To avoid confusing people it should have stayed as the original subject "after firmware upgrade to 4.0.4" because now people are posting comments/questions about all of the newer firmware in this thread... which clearly do not apply. You can see that for yourself by looking at the earlier posts and the dates they were posted.
It starts with posts from back in March of 2012, which is when Archos released their first firmware upgrade from Honeycomb to ICS. And, the Archos firmware numbering is very misleading because the Archos firmware versions 4.0.4, 4.0.5, 4.0.6, and 4.0.7 (and half a dozen "test" versions in-between them) were all based on Google's Android 4.0.3.
Too many newer people are confusing the Archos 4.0.4 firmware number with the newer Google Android 4.0.4... which is what Archos used in their later 4.0.24, 4.0.25, 4.0.26, and their last firmware (for the G9 models) 4.0.28.
Compare the dates of most of the previous posts in this thread to the dates listed in the Archos Firmware Changelog
and it's pretty easy to see just where this thread went totally off track from what it originally was about.
As I can see, problems with WiFi still persist. My patience with archos firmware update ended in version 4.0.4. And now — I can see I saved my time and my nerves.
The last actual version is 4.0.28. And I can see — problem with WiFi, problem with Bluetooth, problem with GPS… LOL — still the same song
I see the last stable and 100% functioning version with useable WiFi, GPS and BlueTooth is version 3.2.8. Sorry, but there is no other stable and reliable version of newer firmware.
That actually seems to depend on multiple things... individual usage/needs, the various hardware changes Archos made between production runs, and how poorly Archos assembled some devices (not to mention how horribly bad some of their solder joints look in some of the pictures I've seen).
I've got several Archos G9 tablets, and on my end all I can say is that the GPS depended more on the weather conditions (meaning how well a signal can get down through heavy humidity, clouds, etc.) more than which firmware I had installed.
As for the WiFi, after changing to a better WiFi Router... well, there also I have not found all that much difference between firmware.
Of course, I will say that it does seem like the Archos 3.2.80 firmware did seem to be a bit better for both WiFi and GPS than with 4.0.7. And, for most people those 2 things improved back up in 4.0.28. If it was not for that stupid 'file indexing' constantly kicking in causing severe slow downs or crashing... I might actually have liked 4.0.28.
For more average general usage I would agree that 3.2.80 is probably the best, but it has glitches in the Archos Video Player when playing certain files, and it does not have support for an Xbox 360 USB controller. So, I prefer to stay with the Archos 4.0.7 firmware on my end. Not saying it is the best, but averages out to being the better choice of what Archos has put out for my usage.
And at last — "If you have already installed the official Archos 4.0.24, 4.0.25, or (current) 4.0.26 you can NOT install any earlier official Archos firmware"
thank you very much, dear Archos developers. I definitely stay at version 3.2.8 with fully functioning WiFi and GPS!
And desperate attempts with new installations of new "better" firmware versions?
Go to hell with new versions of firmware with same bugs!!!
I will totally agree with you and also warn people that if they are happy with their Archos G9 that is currently running 3.2.80 then do NOT upgrade. For others, if they have the 4.0.7 firmware and are happy with how their device works then do NOT upgrade the firmware.
It took a lot of users complaining before Archos ever decided to provide a way for users to downgrade from the 4.0.x firmware back 3.2.xx firmware. Now, even though there are a large number that want it, Archos has simply REFUSED to provide any way to downgrade from their 4.0.2x firmware back to any older firmware versions. The only way back is with 'rooted' firmware... and to do that require installing SDE... which Archos took many months to ever even provide a version of SDE that could be installed on a G9 that had their 4.0.2x firmware on it (fortunately, there was an older hack that still worked posted over on the xda-developers.com forum so we all did not have to wait for Archos to post their own official version).
Archos is pretty much a brand name that NOBODY wants anymore now. From what I've seen, none of their newer products work right either. Archos COULD have done a lot better, but their reputation has gone too far down the drain. After their 4.0.24 firmware release trashed thousand of Archos 101 G9 tablets (and may some of the 80 G9 tablets also)... well, I really don't know how they ever managed to stay in business at all.
And, I do not see anything "funny" about any of that!