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Subject: Re: OT: Hardware problem
From: Gazel (Gazel_at_fr.st)
I had the same effects on my JB FMR. (HD ok outside of the JB, not seems to be powered inside the JB).
I sent it to repair at the time (it was under warranty, and hopefully they didn't notice i had already
open the box...). What they did is changing -at least- the sticker around the battery (so maybe they
changed the full battery, but i don't know since they didn't write about anything else than a "check-up"
of the unit... nothing clear), and added 2 iron sheets that enhance the electric contact vertically, i
believe for the ground. I've made a drawing there (easier than to explain) :
So maybe the battery was dead and they changed it, but above all they added these iron parts, and also
clipsed the top piece of the JB (what makes the contact on the 2 parts of the battery and the rest) with
the hard-drive, which wasn't like this before : as if they had opened and closed the hard-drive to make
this iron part stuck in the hard-drive frame, to be sure that the contact is done...
Don't know if i'm clear here, but anyway, this enhanced the contact for ground between HD, battery and
the JB frame.
Maybe this can give you some ideas for tests to try to make the HD powered again.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 2:59 AM
Subject: OT: Hardware problem
> I was wondering if some of you kind, wise souls had any ideas on what might
> be causing a problem for me. I believe the problem lies somewhere in the hardware
> as it seems that while the unit itself is getting power, the hard drive isn't.
> I took the hard drive out and installed it in my desktop computer and it worked
> fine. When I boot up my Archos Recorder (v1) it just sits on the splash screen.
> I tried holding down F1 to boot into the Arhchos firmware and eventually got
> an ATA error (the debug information is below). The hard drive isn't spinning
> up when installed in the jukebox, so I'm guessing the problem might lie somewhere
> between the batteries and the hard drive. I'm using freshly charged batteries.
> Any ideas on what might be causing the problem? It doesn't seem like it'd
> be the battery connector connection, since the unit is getting power, just
> not to the hard drive it seems.
> I'm leaving on a trip tomorrow morning
> where I won't have access to the Internet. I'm not saying this in hopes of
> a speedy response (though I wouldn't mind it), but rather to pre-explain why
> I'm not answering any follow-up questions you might have.
> A27D (D alternates to F for an instant every second or two)
> PBDR: BDBF
> 3FF AN4: alternates between 000, 001 and 002
> AN1: 3FF AN5: alternates between
> 000, 001 and 002
> AN2: alternates between 001 and 002 AN6: alternates between
> 344 to 348
> AN3: alternates between 16A and 16B AN7: alternates between 003
> to 006
> Batt: 5.4xV -1%
> ATA: master, 0x0
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