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RCA cables and Home Movie Question

I am awaiting delivery of my new Archos 605 wifi 30gb and have the following question:

1. I want to download various films and home films that I have on my home laptop to my Archos 605 wifi and then watch these over an lcd tv. Do I need to buy the DVR docking station or can I just use the 3.5mm jack and RCA cables (yellow, white, red) to connect to the TV? I don't want to have to go to the expense of buying the DVR station just to do this? Some people say it will work, others say it wont. I'd like a definitive yes/no if possible!

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I have had my 605 for a week. The first thing I noticed is that all cables and connectors are special. No way to hook up standard RCA cabling to your TV. I have an AV 500 that is about three years old. Even the cables from it will not work with the 605. It seems that 605 was designed to cause us to buy additional equipment and add-ons. We can't even replace the battery, and its life is very poor; just over two hours!!

Also, I registered my product and got a password for their site. I have sent two questions to their service. Both time I was promised a reply in two days. I have heard nothing at all!! NOTHING! I am starting to wonder!!!

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