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Subject: Re: Archos frustrations

Re: Archos frustrations

From: Tom Cole <>
Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2006 09:58:41 +1300


Either the Archos is not being turned off properly (is your friend
blind?), or there is a hardware problem with the device.


On Sat, 7 Oct 2006 10:50:33 -0500, "Glenn at home"
<> wrote:

>Not an old battery, he wrote:
>Hi, the batteries are new, I've even used two sets of batteries in it. If I
>charge it, I can use it for at least eight hours, but if I leave it turned
>off for more then a day, the batteries die. Tom.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bluechip" <>
>To: "Rockbox" <>
>Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 8:01 PM
>Subject: Re: Archos frustrations
>">A friend has a V1 that will not stay charged for more than a day and a
>This has GOT to be an old-battery
>problem. Rechargeable batteries have a
>lifetime. When I had this problem (and several
>werid 'I thought it was Rockbox' problems (such
>as *weird* skipping errors) - but I was wrong) I
>did faaar too much research and eventually bought
>some "Energiser 2500 mAh" batteries from Dixons
>(a UK high street store) ...They are FANTASTIC
>batteries - and what's more, I have read
>innumerous similar good reviews SINCE my
>purchase. I think I paid 20 for them, that got
>me 4 batteries and a charger which had a mains
>AND car charger fitting (My gf had the charger
>for her camera) ...the charger has also rated
>"very well" in charger reviews, but in fairness a
>"great" charger is a VERY expensive seperate purchase.
>At 05:09 06/10/2006, you wrote:
>>If you are addressing this question to me, Glen, my version 2.5.1
>>includes a fix for a 2.5 charging problem. This fix was included into
>>the CVS at a later date.
>>On my Recorder using Rockbox 2.5.1 I get around 10 hours of playback
>>from a charge. I am using the original batteries that came with my
>>On Thu, 5 Oct 2006 20:56:14 -0500, "Glenn at home"
>><> wrote:
>> >Will this address a charging problem with a V1?
>> >A friend has a V1 that will not stay charged for more than a day and a
>> >half.
>> >He wanted me to ask, but it looks like it does, based on the info in the
>> >message.
>> >
>> >Glenn
>> >From: "Bluechip" <>
>> >To: "Rockbox" <>
>> >Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 5:32 PM
>> >Subject: Re: Archos frustrations
>> >
>> >
>> >At 22:24 05/10/2006, you wrote:
>> >>On Thu, 5 Oct 2006 11:22:49 -0400, "Erin M. Chaves"
>> >><> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> >Hello all,
>> >> >
>> >> >Just curious if this has happened to anyone who owns or has owned
>> >> one of the Archos models. This last spring, a friend of mine got
>> >> me an Archos Jukebox Recorder from EBay. I was when I first began
>> >> using Rockbox. The Jukebox worked cwell enough, but sometimes the
>> >> settings would change by themselves. This would happen while I was
>> >> pressing either the up/down or the previous/next buttons. I would
>> >> always know when something wasn't right, because I couldn't change
>> >> the volume, change the track, or even pause until I stopped the
>> >> unit. Everything would work fine after I resumed playing except
>> >> for the fact that repeat would suddenly be on, or "showed files"
>> >> option had been set to display all. Eventually this Archos had
>> >> battery issues, so I bought an FM recorder on EBay. It was barely
>> >> used so it was in excellent condition, and I really like it! But,
>> >> now I'm having the same problem. I'll be using the volume buttons,
>> >> and all of the sudden, the keys seem to lock up. Then I hav!
>> >> e to stop
>> >> >and see what has been changed. So weird! I'm blind, so I can't
>> >> see what is on the screen, and every time it happens, no one is around
>> >> to
>> >> ask.
>> >> >I know that was very lengthy, but have any of you seen this? Does
>> >> any of what I'm saying make sense? If this happens with every
>> >> Archos model, screw it. I'll save up for an iPod!
>> >> >
>> >> >Erin
>> >>
>> >>We have had two Archos V1 recorders in our family. Mine still works
>> >>fine, but my wife's had problems with the buttons sometimes being
>> >>mis-read by the software. For instance the Up button would sometimes act
>> >>as though F1, F2, or F3 had been pushed (usually F2), and other buttons
>> >>sometimes acted weirdly as well. This sounds like it might be your
>> >>problem - You press Up, but it takes you into the F2 menu and subsequent
>> >>key presses change the F2 options.
>> >>
>> >>I made a private build of Rockbox based on the official v2.5 to try and
>> >>avoid some of these problems, where all keys have to be held a little
>> >>longer to register.
>> >>
>> >>I called this build v2.5.1 and have made it available on the Rockbox web
>> >>site at
>> >>
>> >>If you want to try this build, you will see that it includes a number of
>> >>other enhancements, some of which will aid a blind user. Another
>> >>enhancement is an improved battery charging algorithm, so you may be
>> >>able to resurrect your V1 Recorder!
>> >>
>> >>Hope this helps
>> >>Tom
>> >
>> >Re: Your wife's AJB.
>> >It's been a long time, but iirc the keys are read as an analogue value.
>> >You may only need to tweak the values to fix the keys problem.
>> >I hope I'm not thinking of something else.
>> >If I am, I'm sure Jens or Linus will stand me corrected :)
>> >
>> >BC
Received on 2006-10-07

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