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by fredc
Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: ARCHOS AV500 30 GB with solid state memory mod
Replies: 38
Views: 29586

Re: ARCHOS AV500 30 GB with solid state memory mod

Great, let us know how you get on. I still have a Gmini400 which I upgraded to 30Gig because generation 4 stuff did not have the hard drive lock. I bought a 50 pin to compact flash card pcb when the Toshiba drives went out of production and intend to put a large CF card in there if the drive ever fa...
by fredc
Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: ARCHOS AV500 30 GB with solid state memory mod
Replies: 38
Views: 29586

Re: ARCHOS AV500 30 GB with solid state memory mod

I have the downgrader and the 1.3.12 firmware. But it won't work with 2.5in drives, only with the 30G zif drive according to this thread. If you want them leave an email address.
by fredc
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: AV400, AV300, AV100 and JBMM
Topic: Charging weirdness AV300 players ?
Replies: 1
Views: 9880

Re: Charging weirdness AV300 players ?

That is strange. I remember using a car charger set to 4.5V for the MMJB and Av300 which worked, and the Av300 worked on other 5V chargers then the supplied Archos ones. I also used the 4AA pack with NiMH rechargeables which are only nominally 4.8V when fully charged to increase playing time. The on...
by fredc
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: 604 and 504
Topic: Video format help, please
Replies: 1
Views: 2319

Re: Video format help, please

It will play Mpeg4 files in an AVI container, that is basically DivX and Xvid simple profile videos up to 720 pixels wide and some Windows Media Video files. Sound can be MP3 or WAV in stereo and also Windows Media. If you have the 2 optional plugins installed it can then play H264 with AAC sound, a...
by fredc
Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: 404 and 404cc
Topic: Archos 404 and currently available plugins
Replies: 2
Views: 5578

Re: Archos 404 and currently available plugins

Not suitable, it must be specific to gen 4. The last one I got from ebay, not official archos, but people who had cracked the code. Worked fine. A quick search found this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-Archos-plug-ins-pack-for-404-504-604-704-plug-plugins-/161026250634?pt=US_Other_MP3_Player_Accessori...
by fredc
Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: Problem with AV500
Replies: 3
Views: 3454

Re: Problem with AV500

Bad news, I believe the operating system reads of the hard drive. If the drive is bust there's nothing you can do except a new drive. And because it is locked you need to get it from someone who can change the serial number.
by fredc
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: Problem with AV500
Replies: 3
Views: 3454

Re: Problem with AV500

Perhaps your hard drive has failed? There is a mode to boot without checking the hard drive. Connect to computer with usb when off, then hold down the lower menu button (menu down) all the time while switching on. Otherwise the standard reset procedure is to hold the X button for longer than 20 seco...
by fredc
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: 604 and 504
Topic: Archos Portable DVR 80 GB (504 I Believe)
Replies: 1
Views: 2219

Re: Archos Portable DVR 80 GB (504 I Believe)

I have two 160GB 504s with my cds in wave format to output to an external d/a converter for the hi-fi. It was designed to play divx and xvid simple profile video codecs with mp3 audio tracks. You could buy software plugins that enable play of dvd format mpeg2 video codecs with ac3 sound, and further...
by fredc
Sun May 19, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished

Hi, I agree with everything you said. I tried all the firmware downgrades on the 500, but once you had gone past a middle one (can't remember the numbers), they locked you out of going further back to where the drive could be changed, and you were stuffed. Still buying 160G from my previous link was...
by fredc
Sat May 18, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished

Naturally yes. It would not fully boot up. There's been tons of discussion and experiments on the locked drives over the years. Up until the 400 series there never was a problem. Then Archos wanted to stop people buying 40G models and turning them into 100G models so came up with the software lock o...
by fredc
Sat May 18, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished

Hi, there must be a difference with the E models then. I too have never seen an E upgrade discussed. I tried my 100G 500 with 2 different drives, with firmware back to lower levels but it did not work, so I could not take firmware back far enough by the look of it because of their lock on past firmw...
by fredc
Sat May 18, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished

p.s.

I use this little program to format fat32 greater than the 32G windows allows, very simple with a couple of dos commands.

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index. ... format.htm

or even simpler from windows

http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index. ... format.htm

Cheers.
by fredc
Sat May 18, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished
Replies: 8
Views: 5330

Re: AV500E SSD upgrade accomplished

Very interesting, congratulations! I take it the 500E did not have the locked drives - or you are on an early firmware? Unfortunately you can't swap drives on late firmware 500s without changing the drive internal serial number. I upgraded from an original 100G drive to a 160G drive (to use the max ...
by fredc
Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: 704 WiFi and 704 TV
Topic: Not enough space on hard drive
Replies: 1
Views: 2368

Re: Not enough space on hard drive

Have you got hidden folders enabled on the computer? if so can you see a recycle bin or system volume information folder in the root? windows can create these and they can fill up wasting space. If not, the next step is probably a corruption in the file system or fat on the 704. First step would be ...
by fredc
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: Sync issues
Replies: 1
Views: 2435

Re: Sync issues

You could try a fix that worked on previous generation archos devices. Install free virtualdub. Load the avi, set the video menu to direct stream copy, set the audio menu under interleaving, to tick enable and every 1 frame. Then save as avi (effectively just copies the file) under a different name ...
by fredc
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: AV500, AV700 and AV700TV
Topic: Battery for AV500 (80gb)
Replies: 4
Views: 3051

Re: Battery for AV500 (80gb)

The title is for 5100 (100G model) and 580 (80G model). Only the 30G version had the small hard drive, with different battery. From 60G upwards they all used 2.5in hard drives, so the batteries were all the same, 2 types, the standard as supplied, and there was a thicker double life available, but t...
by fredc
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: 604 and 504
Topic: Archos no longer turns on but I do get the arcchos logo
Replies: 6
Views: 3636

Re: Archos no longer turns on but I do get the arcchos logo

Only way to see if it's working is a good battery I'm afraid, unless you take the hard drive out and try it in a 2.5 enclosure or usb to ide cable.
by fredc
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: 604 and 504
Topic: Archos no longer turns on but I do get the arcchos logo
Replies: 6
Views: 3636

Re: Archos no longer turns on but I do get the arcchos logo

You don't say which model, but generally speaking archos' need a working battery to boot even when plugged into the charger. If your battery is 6 years old, good chance a lithium cell is dead. Can you feel the hard drive trying to spin, even for a second? If so I would risk trying a new battery. If ...

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