I originally asked this question on the Android Forum where it was suggested I might have better luck here, so here it is hope someone can help.
I have just bought a 80 G9 for my wife's birthday and while I think the G9 is great for the price I am absolutely gob smacked that Honeycomb wont allow apps to be installed to the SD Card. Does anybody have any comments on that or ideas on how to get around it.
I should warn you that I might be a bit ancient to be talking Android apps but you're only as old as you let'em make you feel .
Actually all she really wants to do is download maps to the SD Card so as not to clog up the on board memory but I'm not sure how to go about that or even if an associated mapping app which has to be stored on internally memory would be able follow the path to access the map files on the SD Card.
I've asked Archos support the question but their reply was just this... 'You can't install apps to SD Card but you can write to SD Card with Honeycomb providing the SD Card is formatted to FAT32 but NTFS is read only.'
Wasn't really what I asked them but that now raises another question
, are they saying there is a formatting process somewhere on the G9 with FAT and NTFS options because I can only find a mount SD Card option which I assumed will format it to FAT32 this being the normal flash memory file system but then do you need NTFS for video it being a bit quicker at file transfer ??? seems there are more questions than answers. It seems that Archos support are now choosing to ignore my second email which just politely requested clarification.
Does anybody have any experience of this? before I start messing around and giving myself a bigger problem.
Think the tablet is great though so I may be putting some pennies away and getting myself one, just a bit naffed off with the standard of customer support and also the generalisation and poor explanations in the of Archos on line manual.
(PS upgraded firmware to ICS yesterday, Sunday)
You can access and read/write anything to the SD card (even apps) if you root your tablet and flash with a custom ROM. This is not difficult to do. There are a variety of different custom ROMs at XDA developers which can be found below:
1. Load a program called "ADB" onto your PC and load a "Developer's Edition" mode onto the Archos' standard recovery console
2. Using the "Developer's Edition" mode, install a custom ROM and new kernal files
In terms of charging the tablet. I have found a car charger which works quite well to provide the amps/volts necessary to provide a full charge. There are specific "charging" USB cables which I'm sure the G9 uses. Move information regarding the car charger and USB cable can be found below: