I tried for two days to get the Archos 32 into host mode to no avail. Came to find out that there's nothing you need to do in order to get the device into host mode. That was not explained nowhere in manual nor did I see that in this forum (may be it's mentioned somewhere but just too much info to read). I started searching the internet and this forum and the all discussion about Micro B or A made now much sense to me.
I thought I should shed some light and let others benefit from my research.
1. There's no setting to turn on in order to get gen 8 devices into Host mode. It's all activated automatically once you insert the proper cable.
In my case all the combination of cable I was trying were not the right one...I tried quite a few: gender changes, ....
2. I know it's been said over and over but until you experience it you may not grab what people are saying: you need a Micro A male on one end to standard Type A receptacle (female) on the other end. Only the plug with Micro A will activate the host mode for you on an a true OTG USB device(like Nokai 810). That's the role of the PIN ID.
3. You may and I will try this (See below comments) also try and Micro A male to Micro AB female cable adapter or cable. This will allow you to use another micro b or micro A (if you have one) device as a slave - like another gen8 product which take the micro cable. This not the prefered adaptor. Not very easy to use. I order it since it was a little cheaper and just that I can play with it.
4. Archos does not sell the micro A cable or adapter in the US. Which for me it's a little stupid since they are selling gen 8 device and have been selling A7HT for a long time. You can find it on the Archos UK site.
5. Here's where I hope to help. I spent hours of searching these forum and the internet, trying to find an US supplier of the cable so that I can get the cable quicker. Nothing in my local city of Dallas, TX turned out to have the cable. Not surprising. But very surprising: even on the internet this was hard to find. I did not want to order from Hong Kong since I want the cable quickly. Finally I nailed down these two US vendors:
I have ordered from both. The first vendor cable was already reported working from the A7HT forums. The adapter may be new but I feel it will work.
Cable from digikey: One of them have the cable Micro A to Standard A female. About $10http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSea ... nt_id=5042
Adapter...Note adapter micro A to female Micro AB(like the usb port on Gen 8 devices) About $5. Micro A to Female Micro AB (to be used with either a micro B or micro A cable....Have a bunch of micro B male cable which can be used. This adapter will not work with a Standard Type A male which is way too big big--to fit in. So Hdd usb cable won't work here you will have to change change the cable into a micro b or a male thru a gender change connector.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QW ... ss_product