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Archos 405 My Achos 405(2GB) says connect your device to your PC and install an update file. I went on to Archos website and tried to download (Archos 405(2GB) os v 2.1.04) but my PC which is XP says find program online to open Firmware_a405.aos. I cant find a program to open it. It only says to do a .aos error scan from which I've already done and yet it still don't open.

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How to install a firmware. Firmware is another name for Operating System (OS) or System Software. Below, you will find the instructions and the latest software to update your specific ARCHOS device. You do not have to install all the updates, only the most recent one. Each update takes into account all the previous updates unless specified otherwise.

Gen 5 Wifi Devices:
If you have an Archos WiFi device connected to the Internet, you can update your device directly by going to menu>Firmware & Plug-ins>Online Firmware Update. Press OK and then follow the on-screen instructions. 

Other Devices:
Step 1. Download the firmware to your computer
When you download the update file, your browser may warn you that the file 'could be harmful'. This is normal because browsers are not familiar with files that have a .AOS extension and suspect that they could be malicious. These files are not harmful to your computer.

Step 2. Turn on your ARCHOS device and connect it to your computer with the USB cable

Step 3. Wait a few seconds for device detection

Step 4. Copy and paste the downloaded firmware (.AOS file) to the "root" of your ARCHOS device.

  • Case 1: Your Archos is detected by your computer as a Hard Drive ( E: for example ) in Windows Explorer. Paste the update file directly onto the ARCHOS hard drive icon.
  • Case 2: Your Archos device is detected as a ‘Device’ in Windows Explorer (not as a hard drive) and you see just two folders Data and Media when you open it. Paste the update file into the folder called Data.
  • Case 3. Your Archos device is detected as a ‘Device’ in Windows Explorer (not as a hard drive) and you see Internal Hard Drive when you open it. Open this Internal Hard Drive icon and you will see the various Archos folders inside (Video, Music, etc.). Paste the update file into this area but be careful not to paste it into any of the folders there.

Step 5. Disconnect the Device
Unplug the USB cable (Windows Device connections) or use the "safe disconnect" green arrow icon (Hard drive connection) in the system tray before unplugging the USB cable.

Step 6. On your ARCHOS device, click on "Update Firmware"
Generation 5 products: Once you disconnect the USB cable, the device will recognize the new update file and invite you to install it. Follow the on-screen instructions. If it does not suggest an update, this means that the .AOS file did not get placed on the “Root” of the device. 
Generation 4 products: From the main ARCHOS screen, click on the "tab" button to show the settings screen. Select the System icon and then click on the Update Firmware button. 
Other products: Go to the settings and open the icon “System” where you can find the Update Firmware button. 

Note: In all cases, your new .aos file must not be in a folder within the Archos device. The ARCHOS expects to find the update file on the “root” of the device. You can verify this by using the file browser on the device.

Posted on Nov 08, 2008

  • Ekse Nov 08, 2008

    you are not supposed to open the file on your computer... you need to move it into the archos.. copy it there, right click copy then go in the archos and right click paste.  E: for example 


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