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Archos 605 Recovery code 108

Hello, like a fool I went onto the demo firmware on my machine. I tried the reset button a number of times but it comes back to the demo screen. Now I am getting a screen titled Recovery 108, with the option to repair or format my system. I have tried to upload the new firmware onto it but nothing happens. Please can you help me as I think it is shagged.

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  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2008

    HELP

  • michgreg Jan 14, 2008

    i have exactly the same problem.i stupidly went into demo firmware and now all i get is recovery(code 108).Tried the reset loads of times and my computer will not recognise the unit when i attach it..

  • kizy Jan 20, 2008

    hi guys am havin the same problem but first of all i dont know were to reset my machine can any one help me?

  • touchingtark Feb 13, 2008

    Hi guys i also struck up with the same problem , Please help me to recover from this problem, and email me.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    same problem as you all. I did not pay +$300 for this many problems! I was an archos fan at first but now shit this companys customer service sucks!!! however plz help!

  • crammer8040 Feb 29, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem, except my recovery code is 101.I have searched through archos support site only find that the firmware i have down loaded and installed is just an update.

  • ross_macf Apr 30, 2008

    Had the same problem with the error code 108, got the firmware update from the archos website & it installed ok. Now that it has booted up again however, the touchscreen capability has gone. Any time I click on the screen it only lets me access the menu bar, so I'm reduced to using the controls on the side.

    Any ideas on how to rectify this?

  • gedd May 13, 2008

    i was showing off with new archos to a mate and the fool erased everything. now iget the samething recovery (code)108 please help

  • Jonni May 14, 2008

    I cannot access the screen with the touch icons, but only get a screen which reads "Archos - Entertainme nt Your Way". I then changes to "Recovery Code 104". After clicking "Repair Disk" it tells me to connect to a pc and install an update file. How do I do this?

  • alpha83 May 22, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem with my archos 605 wifi. I went on demo firmware and since the device does not work. I tried many times to repair or format by installing the new firmware but still does not work. please notify me if you know how to repair it...

  • Anonymous Jun 02, 2008

    I've treid to reset it but nothing happing

  • upali Jun 13, 2008

    I also got the same problem, mine is Recovery code 107, my pc does not detect my archos, not even as a external hard drive. How can I solve this problem pls.

  • jr martinez Jun 16, 2008

    my archos 605 keeps going to the recovery 108 screen and i cant get passed that i want to be able to use it again what do i do...

  • jr martinez Jun 17, 2008

    i had help but still dont understand how to fix my archos device... i need more help....

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    I have an Archos 605 wifi and had recovery code 105, which I kept getting despite updating firmware. The solution is after you update the firmware DO NOT PRESS OK!!!! First you must connect the archos to the dvr station (ie it is getting power from the mains) then press ok. Mine is now working again although formatting the disk meant I lost my opera browser plugin so have to buy again :-(

  • hitesh_rao Jul 25, 2008

    please people help me out with this problem as i hav already tried a no. of times to fix it but it just goes back to demo firmware

  • roy hamilton Jul 28, 2008

    i have formatted the disk on me archos 605 wifi

    and downloader the new firmware and pasted it onto the archos

    now i am getting a code 108 . can you please help

    email royhamilton3@aol.com

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    I have the same problem. All i did was drop it twice and the harddrive shifted. I put it baack in place and it worked for a bit , but broke again. Its ridiculiious that i spent loads of money on a mp4 player, i drop it twice and it friking breaks!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are reading this and you dont have an archos.... dont get one, your better off with a ipod.

  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2008

    Wow... I turned it on and hooked it up and put all my music videos and the newest firmware on it..

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    I tryied the demo firmware and nothing works now

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    I ran over my 605 wi-fi with my car, and for some reason, can't think why, it doesn't work any more...
    if it helps, the car was a Land rover Discovery (diesel) 1989
    should I have used a different car?

    also i have a flat tyre on the car!

  • FixYa4me Jan 05, 2009


    I had the same problem, but made a simple mistake  in the recovery process.   Finally corrected my mistake & made it work.

    1. Downloaded  the latest firmware from archos into a download directory on my computer
    2. Formated the archos drive

    3. Copied the a605 to my computer's desktop. (This was my problem - Make sure the file name on the desktop hasn't changed from the original download file name). If the file is a duplicate, the file name will have changed.
    4. Connect the a605 to your computer
    5. Copy the new firmware to the root of the drive. 
    6. Press ok and all is well.



  • knowledge187 Jan 13, 2009

    have a small problem guys. when i connect my archos 605 to the pc it says installing driver software, halfway thru it stops and says driver sofrware not installed sucessfully. it doesnt appear in my computer either as a hard disk so i cannot drag drop anything to it. PLS HELP. really need to know how to solve this problem.

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    i was working on my newly acquired archos 5 while charging through pc. the screen suddenly went black. i tried to restart and reset but nothing happened. 5 minutes later i tried to restart it and it starting to work again.



  • mikyquaye Feb 09, 2009

    i delet all my files from my archos, after that any time i switch it on, it ask me to restore my soft ware

  • aaatifxxx Mar 19, 2009

    hi,when i switch on my a605 a page showing error code108 come.

    i think its dead. i need help.also i need the data cable of a605,where can i find the usb data cable????????????

    kindly send ur feed back----aaatifxxx@gmail.com

  • gonefox Mar 25, 2009

    I tried the solutions but mines still keeps reverting to the Demo screen.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    hi,when i switch on my a605 a page showing error code108 come.

    i think its dead. i need help.

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In order to fix this issue, we are going to need to force the unit into a
recovery application. In order to do this please make sure that the unit is
completely shut off. When the unit is off, you are going to want to press and
hold the TV/LCD button and the power button at the same time until a recovery
code 101 pops onto the screen. As soon as you see this, let the buttons go.
Once you got this screen up, you are going to want to repair the operating
system by arrowing down and clicking repair. After this is done it is going
to ask you to connect your device to the computer and install an update file.
In order to do this, you are going to want to go to www.archos.com and go to
downloads. You are going to want to download the firmware for your unit.
After the firmware is saved to your desktop, plug the unit into the computer
and open up "My computer" and you should see the Archos in the list
of drives.
Your going to want to copy the firmware onto the root directory and not in
any file folders. Once the firmware is on the Root directory, go ahead and
unplug the unit from the computer. It should still say Please plug your
device into the computer and install an update file. Click OK. After this is
done, it is going to tell you to please connect DC or USB in to continue with
the update. Go ahead and let the unit install and reboot. After this is
done, you should be able to use the unit properly. If the unit still does not
work properly, we are going to have to create an RMA for the Archos. If you
need anything else, Please feel free to contact us via Email or at
877.300.8879.

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Lease i have the same probleme and need to fix it!all my travel picture on the dis!

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WRONG GUYS 
Device needs to be pluggeg in before the format process is started otherwise pc will not read the Archos's HDD i have done this at least 8 times  read the buttom and follow it carefully step by step

I fixed my son's 605 4 GB had Recovery code (104) on it.  and i tried the same solution with error 102 and 108 and it worked

* Download the firware Upgrade 2.1
* Plug the Archos to Pc 
* When the white option screen comes up pick the format disk
* Wait until all done do not pick any option on archos after format is done Pc should recognize your archos in 5 seconds 

* Put the firmware in root section of the archos not in any folder.
* Safely remove the usb for Archos from your pc first and then unplug the cable.
* Do not pick any option on the Archos screen
* Just turn it off from the power button by holding it until it turns off
* Wait a couple seconds and plug it back to pc 
* it will come up with white screen again but this time it will start the Update you will see the progress bar moving, wait until it is all done, it will shut off. Turn it back on and  your archos will be back to normal 
You need to load your plugins back in order to device to function fully.
Thanks

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    Last option for those who have tried all the recommendations above. I am experienced on fixing Archos HDD issues. I have created a business purchasing archos PMP with HDD errors. Fixing them and turning arround selling and providing feature free tech support and free repaire services. Last recommendation for the device has been all of the above recommendations did not work is. Load the firmware 2.1 and let it update itself and when that is done turn the dvice off. Open up the archos's back cover by removing a couple of screws. ( ATTENTION this will avoid your factory warranty ). I do not recommend to do this if you are not good to handel removing very little screws and not gentel to remove important parts. For Archos 605 30 gb remove all the screws holding the stand and gently remove the stand out ( 2 pieces) 30 gb slide the back cover toward the space created by removing the back stand then it will be free to come off. For the 605 80 gb and higher HDD models take all the screws gently out what is holding the back frame first and remove the frame when you can. Center gray plate is held by two screws on the top where the HDD connector is. Remove those two screws gently be carefull they are very small i recommend you have a magnet before starting to take screrws out and put them on the magnet so they wont be missing in action ;-) after the gray back plate removed back of the device will be exposed there is 4 more screws holding the HDD down from 4 corners on the side after those removed grab the HDD from the buttom lift it up about quarter inch and move it left and right and pull it out toward yourself be very carefull to not damage the connection socket and pins on the HDD this part is very important

    after the HDD removed turn the device on and off and plug the HDD it back in. This will cheat the mainboard and recognise the HDD again this option works better if you have a seond arhos HDD by swapping them and puting the original one back in. Be carefull to mark the actual HDD comes out from the device Archos puts a code on each HDD and they will work with only the devices they installed in originally from factory.

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    i am including a video to make it easy

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    i am including a video to make it easy

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I am a technician for the technical support department at Archos. For the plug-ins, DON'T REPURCHASE, call us to resend them.
Best above solution is true, good job. There are a couple other solutions, too. Using a pc w/our units is better than using a Mac, but both work. I don't have time to comment on the rest, sorry...
Other FAQ's can be found on www.archos.com.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

  • TechGuest Jun 29, 2008

    And formatting units don't delete fully installed firmware or plug-ins. IF you need plug-ins or games resent, there are forms online to get them, each one is tied into the PcB w/product key, so if you get an exchange or something like that just call us.
    Sorry, just had to add that on.


  • TechGuest Jun 29, 2008

    Oh, and we're coming out w/Gen6 in 3-5 months. Web browser should then be for free. The only reason it's not w/Gen4 or 5 is that WE WILL HAVE TO RAISE PRICE OF UNITS, PERIOD.
    Ok, I think I'm done for now.


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Pour ressoudre mon appreille archos on me demande would you like to recover your systeme

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I had the same problem, but made a mistake  in the recovery process.   Finally corrected my mistake & made it work.

1. Downloaded  the latest firmware from archos into a download directory on my computer
2. Formated the archos drive
3. Copied the a605 to my computer's desktop. (This was my problem - Make sure the file name on the desktop hasn't changed from the original download file name). If the file is a duplicate, the file name will have changed.
4. Connect the a605 to your computer
5. Copy the new firmware to the root of the drive. 
6. Press ok and all is well.

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I have a similar problem but with error code 102. Have tried all the methods above but when I opt for repair (or format) the unit reboots after about 20 seconds backk to the same screen.

Any other specila tips out there?

Thans

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Press the TV and POWER BUTTON at the same time until it places your Archos in System Recovery Mode.

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I just get a black screen on or off nonthing else never droped it never got wet nonthing

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

This happend when the Archos guys try to make money from free public software linux.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

Ok i posted #4 solution and a solution i have is simple heres a link to a image of the reset button -k-

http://www.fedoraforum.org/gallery/showimage.php?i=4583

use a paper clip or something that is thin enough to press the reset button. im pointing directly to the hole that the button is located. so please be simple its easy. anyways good luck ok
also when you reset it you will still get the demo mode screen then it should flash and the Archos entertainment your way should pop up if it doesnt work post the results -k-

its edward again for those who are blond.

my distro is Fedora 8

Posted on Aug 12, 2008

Im a linux user and i was getting the 101 code now im getting the 108 error i dont have any idea of what is going on and wold like to have this fixed as this to me is extreamly fustrating and im quite enfuriated that the MVista system is as crappy as it is. i would like to know directly from the techs at archos who designed the os on how to fix it my e-mail is

eddiemunster@graffiti.net

and i can send my firmware # to confirm the product its a 605 wifi

i love the device but would like the problem fixed. as soon as possible.

my name is edward
device purchased at office depot

the os is i beleiev debian based and would like to have help but i dont expect it. guess know its a damn $300 paper weight. its ridiculous.

Posted on Aug 12, 2008

I got the recovery code 108 error when i turn on the archos i come up this screen about this code 108 error i try install an firewire updater but when i install it and restart the archos  it still does it this thing i don't install this because it might cause problems to you and your archos from anoymus

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

Hie...
I had the same problem. The way to fix it is

1. Download the latest firmware from archos
2. Format the drive
3. Connect the a605 to your computer
4. Copy the new firmware to the root of the drive...... it may be necessary to assign a drive letter to the drive from the disk management mmc
5. Press ok and u're done

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I tried ALL of the above, but i still get the 108  or 101 error and i also get the message that the update can't be executed or something, anyways, exept for the wite screen with format or restore option on it, all it does is flash a bit :'( *cries*

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Hallo
Ihr müsst auf archos.com/register das pma400_recovery und das firmware_a605.aos dowloaden, und das auf den Archos laden. Der Archos sollte im Arbeitsplatz zu öffnen sein . . . Viel Glück

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i just got my Archos 605 and when accessed the content portal it said i should update my firmware. when i said OK i got the message it faild connecting to the server and my archos froze.

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