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Subject: Re: Archos Jukebox Recorder V2 - Help
From: Scott B McDowall (
Date: 2004-08-04

Neon John wrote:

>You haven't killed it. You've just run the battery down so low that it can't
>power up to start charging. I had that happen a couple of times when I still
>had an FMR.
>My solution was to remove the batteries and give them enough charge to let the
>machine boot. I did this by pumping some current through them using a 1 amp
>12 volt battery charger. Most any source of current-limited power will work
>at just about any voltage. I left the battery on the charger for about 5
>minutes, then put it back in the FMR, booted and charged normally with the
>wall wart.
>Note that even though the V2 can take power from the USB port, it's likely not
>to be enough to supply the machine's needs, much less charge. My experience
>has been that very few USB ports can supply the full half amp that the spec
>calls for. My Belkin PCMCIA adapter that uses an external wall wart for the
>power bus can but none of the ports on my other computers can. Best to
>pretend that this USB connection does not exist.
>On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 13:27:54 +0100, Scott B McDowall
><> wrote:
>>Dear All
>>My lovely little Recorder is silent. I bought it from Ebay on Saturday -
>>it was in great nick when I loaded Rockbox and 110 CDs - that was
>>yesterday. Last night, I decided to charge the battery by leaving it
>>hooked onto a USB hub and when I woke at 4ish, it was broke. When I
>>turned it on, I was getting flashing green and red lights - now there
>>is no flashing at all. It is dead to the world - I tried connecting it
>>directly to my lap top USB and for a while it showed enough life to say
>>" HD Register Error".
>>I tried it on the official charger and now it is totally dead. Needless
>>to say, my computer does not recognise it. I had been so looking forward
>>to getting this machine and now I have broken it. Can anyone help? It is
>>a V2 so I can not take the batteries out an recharge them on their own.
>>Scott B
>John De Armond
>Cleveland, Occupied TN
Thanks very much John - I'll get a mate of mine who has a electrical
goods shop to do what you recommended.

Scott B

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