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Subject: Re: Hd failure on recorder 20
From: mielpop (mielpop_at_free.fr)
Date: 2003-11-30


> yes - to make sure it`s NOT the batteries or some charging-circuit problem,
> you should use fresh ones and charge them externally.

Ok, Then I suppose I shoud buy 4 batteries and a charger.

>
> >The led indicated the batteries were full.
>
> which led do you mean? i can`t remember jbrec20 has a "battery full"-led.

Sorry, led was a mistake ; I meant the graphical bar on the screen.

> > Does the malfunction you suggested implicate my issue keeps affecting the
> > JB eventhough ?
>
> a "battery full"-meter doesn`t guarantee, that your cell is _really_ ok.
> if it is damaged, the inner resistance of the cell could be quite high, and
> that means if hdd spins up the voltage of the cell drops very quickly and.
> archos jukebox doesn`t have good "don`t startup when battery
> empty"-protection.

i'm not sure I understand : what do you mean by "cell" ? Could my problem be
dued to an inner electrical malfunction ? I suppose, I can't do anything
then.

> > 4) As I've initiated the disk format, the operation failed with the disk
> > making a louder "tactactac" noise. Does this mean my HD is down, or, may

> it could also mean, that the hdd is damaged, especially when it always
> happens at the same position (when the hdd heads reach the damaged region
> of the hdd surface)

I'm afraid that is the case...

> > 5) As I suppose you solved the problem changing the batteries, did you do
> > it yourself, or did you send it to your retailer ? If you did it
> > yourself, what kind of batteries did you use ? Same as original or others
> > ?
>
> errr - do you have the fm recorder? then you`re out of luck and DIY
> replacement isn`t easy. if you have ordinary archos model, then just
> replace the cells by ANY standard AA(mignon) sized NIMH battery. you can
> buy them everywhere.

No, I've the average recorder 20. By the way, I've freed the battery cover,
and I now can see the batteries. but i still can't figure how to get them
out...

considering my issue(s), would you advise me to

1) change the batteries (with charging procedure you suggest)
2) try to format the JB ? Now that the format has been interrupted, I hope the
HD is not too corrupted...
Whiwh tool should I use ? the common windows tool under XP ?
some other tool like Fdisk ?

3) What if the format doesn't work ? Should I change the HD ? Or do I have to
surrender and buy some new mp3 player...



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