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Subject: Re: Dead JBM 20

Re: Dead JBM 20

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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 22:41:37 -0400


I suspect that my JBR v1(flashed with CVS-040630 build) has become
incapacitated by the same problem. When I turn it on, I get an ATA
ERROR -41 (a failed wait_for_rdy() in the ata driver). I pulled out
the original Archos-installed hard drive and tested it in my laptop PC
and it works just fine - similarly the laptop's drive yields the same
ATA ERROR -41 in the JBR.

This leads me to rule out the HD and instead suspect that the JBR may
not be producing sufficient power to the HD.

Would you (or anyone else) be so kind as to give me step-by-step
instructions as to how I can check the voltage going to the HD as well
as how I can check/reinforce the solder points on the 40pin HD plug?
The JBR is disassembled and my multimeter and soldering iron are at
the ready.

I've done quite a bit of searching and it seems that this problem is
becoming more common, so I'm sure any guidance will prove useful to
many other past and future JBR mourners.

Thanks to all,

Jim (6 days and counting since my JBR went R.I.P....)


On Wed, 18 Aug 2004 12:05:23 +0200, you wrote:

>Hi Todd,
>I've similar problems with my unit. In my case the powersupply for the
>HD is broken. So just measure the motor- voltage on the 44pin ATA plug
>(I think it's pin (41 or 42). It has to be 5V. If it's there measure it
>again, when the HD is plugged in. If it's missing you have the same
>problem Oliver and I had
>On oliver's unit the soldering- points on the 40 pin- plug have been the
>problem. They've been broken and after resoldering the unit has been
>fine again. In my case Voltage brakes down, when the disk tries to spin
>up. I found the problem, but it still isn't fixed.
>Todd Wallace schrieb:
>> Hello again all, I have successfully removed the hard drive from my box
>> and tested it on my desktop via adapter. scan disk found no errors, I
>> added and removed files from it and finally loaded the latest firmware
>> from Archos and reinstalled. I anxiously fired her up ....nothing.
>> where does the firmware reside; hardware or elswhere? Has my unit
>> (bought on ebay) been screwed up during a flash process?
>> The red light comes on, the lcd lights up for about six seconds (no
>> sounds from the hard drive) and then shuts off.
>> Should I simply give up? Thanks again - Todd Wallace
>> _______________________________________________

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