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Does Not Turn On - wrong charger ma?

I have a Jukebox recorder 20, it was working fine and accepting a charge from a like charger that was not the correct charger. the correct charger supplied 650 ma and the one i was using supplied 800, otherwise other specs were correct. it started cutting out within an hour after charge and other strange behavior, so i located the correct charger and then it would not accept further charge, saying that it was fully charged. then it would not power on at all. all that i get now is a flashing green light when i try to power up. when i connect it to the charger, the green light flashes repeatedly, on second on, one second off. i have tried and succeeded to run it entirely out of power, and then to charge it again, but it is still the same result. i have opened it up and am totally lost at what i found inside, i am not an electronics kind of guy. i was hoping to easily pull the battery and maybe reset it, but i can not even find the battery without breaking solder, which i am not really good enough to do. has anyone seen this problem? does anyone know a repair place that won't totally rip me off? i only paid $70 for this unit. is it time to buy a new unit?

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SOURCE: Unit Frozen After battery replacement

I came up with a solution (finally!). Only try this if you have exhausted all other possibilities.

First, make sure the unit if turned off, remove the backplate, and set the battery aside, still connected. Peel back the gold foil where hard drive connects to the motherboard, and loosen the small silver plate at the other end, sliding it to the side. Remove the hard drive by sliding it off the pins. Turn the unit on, and you should get a screen that asks if you would like to reformat. Replace the hard drive, carefully, and quickly, and reformat.

I had to reformat twice, but I eventually got the thing working. I was almost ready to toss it, so any extended life I get is worth it. If nothing else, this should get you off the dreaded logo screen. Good luck!

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Keeps shutting down.

The solution is found! There's no need to format your HDD
- Unplug the battery;
- Press and hold the reset button for 20-25 sec;
- Put the battery back to it's place;
- Charge your device (when you plug the cable in, it turns on (note that a blinking lightning icon appears on the charging indicator), then it turns off with it's "shutting down" message, dont pay attention on this, just let it charge for about 10-15 minutes (note that the CHG bulb won't be lit));
- Turn on your device. The CHG bulb is lit, Archos doesn't shut down
- Enjoy

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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SOURCE: archos 5 60gb won't charge

How old is your unit? Maybe your battery is dead The one good thing about having a Archos 7 is that you can change the battery easily. Have you backed up everything on your archos? I hate to say it but you might want to try repair , recovery or your last gasp format the unit.
Try using the tools/settings/customer assistance function first. I have not had good luck with tough problems using that function, you might have to do a hard reset.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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SOURCE: my archos 7 wont charge the red light comes on but

If the archos was purchased new from Archos stores they have warranty on them call tech support to find out. Have your serial number and product model number handy.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Unit crashes then will not restart after being unresponsive.

After removing the battery, I discovered a small brass reset button, about 3 mm in diameter, near the battery connection terminal. This was gently pressed with a pen for 15 seconds. After refitting the battery, the unit was fully functional again. This reset results in needing to set the clock again. No other settings are affected.

Posted on Jan 09, 2010

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SOURCE: first time charging up of archos 5,it has now been


On an Archos, battery is fully charge when the CHG LED light is flashing, while that light is ON all the time, the unit is still charging.

Now, in order to charge your Archos you must leave it on Suspended mode, by holding the Power button for about 4-5 seconds until it says "Suspending", DO NOT leave it on completely "Shutdown" mode, or your battery will never charge, and you are also risking the life of your battery by doing so.

So in other words:

1) On a PC via USB it should take around 8 hours to charge, while connected to an Archos mini dock, battery dock, or DVR Station, it should take around 3 hours to fully charge.

2) Leave your unit completely "Shutdown" (hold the Power button and wait 10 secs. or so until it says "Shutting down" and let it go off.

3) Connect it to your power source, either USB on computer, or external charging device as mentioned above, it will come back on, the two LED lights CHG and Power will come on, leave it like that, and after a few minutes the unit will go into Standby/Suspended mode by itself, and there is when you are charging your battery the right way.

3) Wait 8 hours if connected to your PC, or 3 hours if connected to an external power supply (as described above). If still after being in suspended mode (not completely off) your CHG light isn't blinking after the 8 hours on PC, 3 hours on external power supply, then suspect your battery is defective.

In that case, if the unit is still under warranty contact Archos, if it is out of warranty. If it isn't under warranty, you can buy a replacement battery on eBay and either replace it yourself, or find someone with the technical skill to do it for you.

I hope this helped you.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010

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Go to the RockBox software site. RockBox is provided freely by an end-user created and supported group and is a wonderfully evolved software replacement for quite a few portable music-playing machines. Your Archos Jukebox recorder is long out of warranty, so there's NO downside in updating it by installing the most current version of RockBox. That will greatly extend the capabilities of your machine.

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