With the help of postings on this forum I've been able to replace my 30GB HD in my Archos av500 with a Compact Flash drive.
I will discribe how I did this.Introduction
Although the AV500 is perfect for recording from a helmet cam, the 1,8 inch harddisk might give up on rough terrain; while snowboarding for example. So I decided to replace the harddisk. I note here that I had a working
AV500 with a functional harddisk before I began the upgrade. Futhermore I Had to downgrade the firmware of the AV500.
Both replacing the HD and downgrading the firmware will void your warrenty and will possibly damage you're av500 beyond repair. It worked for me, wether it workes for you? Who can say? Please don't send me any e-mails with questions such as "will you upgrade my Archos", I'm not into that!.What do you need?
1) Get the downgrader from http://www.archopen.org/tiki-download_f ... ?fileId=73
2) Unzip the downgrader file into a folder. When you automaticly unzip, winzip creates a folder named Av500_1512_to_1312_Downgrader_v1
. This is the best way to go.
3) Get the official 1.3.12 update file, put it somewhere on your PC. You need to get it from archos web site: http://www.archos.com/support/download/ ... _AV500.AOS
. Do not put this file into the same folder as the downgrader since they have similar filenames!
4) Get yourselve a HD to Compact Flash adapter. Try searching in google on 1,8 HD zif Compactflash male
convertor. Or try ebay.
Be sure that convertor has a ZIF connection and that you get a ribbon cable
to. I bought a all in one package form this ebay shop:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1-8-ZIF-CE-hard-d ... m153.l1262
5) An old CF card for testing the setup.
6) a CF card (16GB are around 36 Dollars now)
7) A torx screwdriver number 4 (very small) and a very small philipshead screwdriver (A pointy knife will also do).
8 ) A piece of paper and a pair of scissors.Getting started
Before opening up your AV500 and swapping the drive you have to check, and when needed, replace the firmware. This is how I did it. My method differs from the one on Archopen.org, cause that didn't work for me.
1) Check the firmware of your machine. (Setup->System->Firmware vers. on the AV500), When it is 1.3.12 or older then you do not
have to change it.
2) When the firmware is newer than 1.3.12, make sure that it has firmware v1.5.12 if not, upgrade or downgrade normaly to 1.5.12.
3) Connect your AV500 to your PC using the usb cable. Also hook it up to a powersupply!
4) Copy the UPDATE_AV500.AOS file
folder in the root folder of your AV500 (where there's Music Video System ...) of your Av500. Be sure you have the downgrader firmware and not the normal firmware (you will need that later!). The downgrader file is around 9.00 MB in size.
5) Remove the USB cable from your AV500
6) On your Av500, do 'Update firmware' with this file (in Setup->System).
7) You should see lot of green text then you should get back to the main menu.
8 ) Without shutting down the Av500, plug in the USB cable.
9) Copy the official update from ARCHOS (That you downloaded in: What do you need? Step 3) on your Av500 (overwrite the previous one). This file is around 1,98MB in size.
10) Unplug the USB cable.
11) On your Av500, do 'Update firmware' with this file (in Setup->System).
12) Check the firmware of your machine. (Setup->System->Firmware vers. on the AV500), it should now be 1.3.12.Opening up your AV500 and replacing the harddisk.
When you work on this machine be very sure that you do it in a non static envoirement. Do not ware woolen sweaters or anything that could cause a buildup of static energy. This will harm your AV500. Also be very carefull with the ribbon cables and zif sockets of the original harddrive and on the AV500; these are easily damaged.
1. Remove the battery from your AV500.
2. Remove the 4 Torx screws. These are on the top and bottem of the left half of the AV500.
3. Remove the very small philipshead screw that is located in the middle next to the battery compartment.
4. Remove the backside from the AV500, you'll see the harddrive.
5. Gently pull out the harddrive, it is now only attached to the AV500 by the flat ribbon cable.
6. Pull out the ribbon cable from the connector in the AV500 by gently pulling the ribbon cable towards the side of the AV500. The connector should kind off 'slide' open and release the ribbon cale.
7. Put away the harddrive.
8. Connect the new ribbon cable to the AV500. The contact points (silver coloured) should be pointing to the circuitboard. I used the cable with the white backside (not the blue) cause this one fits the socket slightly better. The cable should go in a bit deeper than only the black part of the ZIF connector.
9. Close the ZIF connector by pushing the black part into the white part. This can be a bid of a drag and the black part might come off. You have to put it back, but be very careful not to break the little pins on it!
10. Connect the other end of the ribbon cable to the ZIF socket of the Convertor. Let the ribbon cable stick out of the AV500. Take the convertor. The part where the CF card go's in should be facing the sky (or ceiling (-; ). The ZIF connector should be pointing towards the ribbon cable. Push in the ribbon cable gently and close the ZIF connector.
11. Place and old CF card (a 256 MB should already work). Let the convertor hang out of the AV500. Put back the battery and test the AV500. It should recognise the CF as a HD. You might need to format the CF.
12. Shut down the AV500. Remove the battery.
13. Cut out a fitting piece of paper. Place it so that it coveres the entire circuitboard of the aV500.
14. Place the CF card that you want to use as a harddrive.
14. Place the Convertor on top and fold the ribbon cable between the circuit board (paper) and the convertor. It should fit after some fiddeling around) The backside of the convertor should be facing the sky.
15. Place a second piece of paper on the backside of the convertor to avoid a shortcut between the metal backplate.
16. Close up your AV500.You cannot use the Torx srews anymore. I taped up my AV500.