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Map code I received my Archos GPS for 605 wifi 160GB and the map code does not work. Do Archos has a solution to fix?

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  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    I have the same problem. Calling customer service but no one answers. Terrible!!

  • ronjones789 Dec 26, 2008

    Brand New and does not work? What now?

  • gilygil Jan 12, 2009

    same same

  • ruban25 Jan 30, 2009

    they give me a wrong map code in my archos gps software. I want to get the real map code please

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    same lame same

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    Volkan Mar 02, 2009

    Terribal Customer support, bad product produce and terribal product support.
    I have the same problem common thing to do when you know the map code is needed during the process to put the map code on the manual or on the actual device not on the Cd. But no you gotta take the cd out and write it down and then start? Doesn't make any sense. So i started installing i got 13 digit map code with no underlined character but it said " Map code you entered is not valid" I called the Archos Tech Support wait about 40 minutes with patience. And finally someone got on the phone after i expresed my problem he said, " i am going to e-mail my manager and he will send you a new map code" That was it, i waited a week for that e-mail until today. Never got any e-mail, I called them back today ofcourse waited another 40 minutes on the phone this time it was a lady said they already send me my mapcode with an e-mail but they got my freeking e-mail address wrong. She said they are out of map codes they are waiting for a new series of map code to arrive on wednesday the 4th Feb 09 so i was told i have to wait another 2 more days god knows when i will receieve that e-mail and if so, will i get the right one would work this time. Jus frustrated with it.

  • rocketrail Mar 02, 2009

    My map code was also rejected by the CD installer.  But there is a readme document on the CD that suggests for linux users to go to archos dot com and add a slash gps_install. (NOTE: I spelled out the url in plain text in case this site blocks it out).  Even though it says linux users, Windows users can try it as well.

    I followed the instructions and I entered my map code along with a map version of 2008.04 and it was accepted.  I continued to follow the instructions and actually got all the software installed, but the fireware update fails with an error code.

    Can anyone else try this and see if you get better results than me?

  • Volkan
    Volkan Mar 05, 2009

    Hi feedback to my existing posting i got my Map code today after i was on the phone about 35 minutes Installed the maps and everything but when i plug my Archos to the device it does not switch to GPS mode.

  • Volkan
    Volkan Mar 05, 2009

    HI this is a follow up to my existing posting i got my new mapcode today and installed everything. But the device would not switch to Gps mode when plug my Archos in to it.



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I had the same problem. "Invalid Map Code", etc. I went to, and followed the directions. I had to update my 605 wifi firmware. Once I did that, I entered my map code and map version (found the version on a .txt file on the dvd, forget which one), and followed the directions from there. Seems to be working so far, although I haven't actually taken it on the road yet (can't seem to get a GPS signal in my garage).

I'll post a follow-up once I know it's working.

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Thanks to Hendospleen's tip, I was able to solve my problem. There was one more "gotcha" in my case.

I have a 605 wifi, and I use a laptop running Windows Vista to "talk" to it.

I bought the "Archos GPS In-Car Holder". I could not install the maps from the CD due to "Invalid Map Code". I tried submitting two problems through Archos' on-line support. That was in January and in February. One told me to upate my 605 firmware, which I did. The other told me to wait two days for a new code. Ha ha, got me. Now it is May. I tried phoning, twice, and both times was told "we'll have more codes tomorrow and will send one to you." Needless to say I'm still waiting. Got me again. And again, if you're really counting.

So I started Googleing and found this page. Bless you all.

Following the tip, I went to (which I certainly never heard of from Archos!!) and started following their directions. Oh oh... at Step 2 it wants my Map Code...

I used the Map Code from the sticker on the CD.

I followed Hendospleen's advice and found the Map Version. (It was in file gps.txt on the CD.) It clearly says "mapversion_us = 2007.10". I kept getting a message that the Map Code and the Map Version were incompatible. Hmm. I almost gave up, but just for fun I tried a map version of "2008.04". And it worked!!

I was able to follow the rest of the instructions and install the maps and GPS firmware. Like the other guy, I have not taken it out on the road yet, but it does seem to work in my dining room, so I thought I had better post my experience here right away and hope it helps someone else.

Imagine, all this bother to so many other people, just because of an out-of-date gps.txt file on the CD. (My guess is they updated the maps on my CD but did not update the gps.txt file, but I could be wrong.) All Archos support has to do is put that information online some where -- like maybe on their own website -- tell people about online gps_install instead of using the CD install, and no one will have to wait for any key that isn't printed right on the CD.

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  • 8 Answers FAQ says contact Technical support which could be a long process on the phone unfortunately.
I have entered a valid map code during the installation process with the DVD but it is refused.There might be two reasons to this:

• Your map code might only be composed of 12 characters including an underlined digit/letter.
In this case, instead of typing the underlined character, enter a “&” before the character that is underlined (ex: “2C4” becomes “2&C4”).

• If your map code has 13 digits, reinstall your GPS software using the DVD.
After inserting the installation DVD, the installer does not launch automatically. What should I do?Explore the DVD with Windows Explorer and click on GPS_Installer.exe. This will automatically launch the installer.

Note: if there are no files on the DVD, please contact our Technical Support.
I cannot install the GPS software since I have the following message: “error license”.Please contact our Technical Support.
I bought the 605 GPS (as the bundle : The 605 and the GPS Accessory together). Do I have to use the installation DVD supplied with the device?No, you do not need to use the DVD as the GPS software and maps have already been installed and activated on the 605 GPS.

However, you may have to use it later to reinstall the GPS software if you have any problems with your GPS or have to format the disk of your Archos.

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