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Subject: Re: Good news and bad news
From: ajf_at_midmaine.com
Date: 2003-12-18


I urge you to contact newmp3technology to see what they can do for you.
My experience with them (2 JBRs) has been most favorable.

I share your pain about the $500 paperweight. They don't call it the
bleeding edge for nothing.

> ...
> Now for the bad news: about 7 and a half hours after I got the unit back
> from newmp3technology, it again began to exhibit hardware problems:
> pressing
> F1 caused it to hang, and I even got one amusing fault where the right
> 4/5ths of the screen blanked and was replaced with "IllInstr" written
> /upside-down/. Wanting to be sure that I'd controlled for all possible
> causes, and having had it freshly serviced, I re-flashed the unit with the
> original Archos firmware. The flashing hung on the programming screen, and
> the firmware was erased but not re-written.
>
> So now I have hardware problems and a unit without any firmware at all.
> (Actually, [IDC] Dragon says I must have the first /part/ of the Archos
> firmware, given that both the red and the green leds come on.) I can't
> boot,
> and about all I can do is hold down "Off" for hardware reset. Yes, my
> Archos
> is now a $550 paper-weight. And this wasn't even the worst thing to happen
> to me this week.
>
> So, I don't expect I'll be hanging out here much in the future. If anyone
> wants to finish the extended battery life code, drop me a line. As far as
> plans for a database, well, if you feel up to taking that on I can give
> you
> some ideas and some pointers to code.
>
> --Tom
>
>



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