Question about Archos 604 Digital Media Player
I recorded three video files on my Archos 604 today, one right after the other, all using the exact same video line input, from the exact same video camera. All three video files play well on my Archos 604, but when I copy the three video files to my PC (using the Archos 604 as an external hard drive), the first video file plays well, but the 2nd and 3rd video files won't play on my PC. When I try to play the 2nd & 3rd video (.avi) files on my PC, the video playing software shows the following message: "copy protected video file can only be played by the original recording device".
I then recorded two more video files with my Archos 604, with the same video camera input, and these video files play well on my PC, with no problems.
I did NOT change any settings in my Archos 604 between these recordings.
How do I:
1. Enable these files to play on my PC; and
2. How do I make sure this doesn't happen again.
If the unit was dropped, you may have to replace the battery. The batteries for those units are lithium-ion-polymer and are somewhat fragile when dropped. The other possible reason it is not working is that the shock form the drop has "bricked" or killed your unit's internal circuitry. I would also try charging it with another USB connection as the USB connection you are using may not be powerful enough to charge the unit. For more detailed help you can try the forums at ArchosFans.com There are many technical experts concerning Archos Units at that forum.
Posted on Oct 12, 2007
SOURCE: Archos 604 will not restart
i had this problem recently when charging on the DVR docking station, i switched it off, took the battery off, left it for a shirt time then pressed the reset, it took a few attempts but eventually it restarted
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
Yeah you need to go to the archos website and buy the cinema plug in (£14.99) if you want to play all. the only other option is to convert the avi files that you cant play. Also if you want to play any mpeg4 files and quite a few other files with different audio codecs you need the podcast plug in (again £14.99). This is the only way to be able to play everything on your archos without converting the files - it's a bit of a rip off as each set of plugins is specifically downloaded for a product key so you cant even get one from someone else - believe me I have tried for days to get them free!
Hope that helps!
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
I had the same issue.
The size of the AVI cannot exceed 1gb or the end of the movie will never play.
I had a movie that was 1,7gb. 2 hrs and 15 seconds.
The Archos recognized this as a 1.7gb file and 2:00:15 long.
As soon as the movie started, the time line bar at the bottom of the screen went from 2:00:15 to 1:10:25. Basically, it cut off the last 50 minutes of the movie.
I simply divide the movie into 1gb chunks.
I decrypt the DVD to the computer
Use Nero Recode to convert it to and MP4. Divide the movie into 1gb chunks and Maximize the Volume.
Use SUPER to convert it to an AVI / MPEG-4 / MP3.
Copy this to the Video folder of the Archos.
This is simply something that Archos does not want to admit is an issue. They want you to purchase the Cinema plugin.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
A) Download the firmware from Archos and save it to your desktop (Make sure the file name on the desktop hasn't changed from the original download file name)
B) The Archos 705:
1- Connect the unit to its power source.
2- Start the unit in recovery mode: Press the TV button first then the power on/off and keep pressing TV button (do not release it)
3- The recovery mode will start (the screen that asks for repair or format etc…)
4- Select "Repair" by scrolling up and down with the TV Button (it is all explained to move through the menu at the top of the Archos screen) (Do not press "Format" at any time)
5- Now that you are on "Repair" select it to validate your selection
6- The unit will go to "Plug the unit etc…" plug it with the USB cable to the computer
8- Wait until Pc should recognizes your Archos (around 5 seconds)
1- From your computer select the firmware file you downloaded from the net and put it in your Archos (in the root folder, nowhere else, where it has the folders, music, videos, pictures etc… as a file)
D) On the Archos 705:
1- Select "Ok" on the Archos (on & off button) shortly to select and confirm the file is now on the Archos
2- you are done! The Archos 5 or 7 should now read through the file you have transferred and repair the system
3- DO NOT DISCONNECT the power cable until the process is finished
4- When done safely disconnect (as you usually do, for Mac trash the letter of the Archos to the bin or for PC's: right click the green icon bottom right of the screen for xp & vista)
5- Press on/off button to reboot
Your unit should restart with a fresh repaired, updated system like day one.
Posted on Jul 24, 2009
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