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Archos AV500 / USB harddive

The Archos AV 500 does not pick up the external 2.5" hardrive when connected through the USB. I am not using a Archos harddive. Does it only work with Archos external harddrive?

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Re: Archos AV500 / USB harddive

The only thing that is keeping the drive from showing up is the format, the archos can only read fat32 external hard disks, so format the drive fat32 and you can use it

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AV500 will not install on XP PRO

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You can use a disc shaped connector hub for AV in/out connections, but no travel AV in/out. That is a separate accessory. So, if you want to see your video on a separate TV, bring the big hub, or spring for a separate set of travel connectors.


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Archos AV500 30gb not booting up

Try updateing the firmware on the device

If you are unable to perform a firmware update on the player you will most likely have to send it in for service.

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Archos AV500 / USB harddive

from what i gathered with my archos 5 it is due to a power issue so the archos does not provide enough power to make the external hd work

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I put a universal charger on my archos av500 and accidentally reversed the polarity....surprise surprise it now won't work. It's the 80 GB version

Well I hate to say it but you already knnow the board needs to be change. How long have you had it? Acros support are pretty good. They will work with you. Mike

Nov 05, 2008 | Archos AV 500 Digital Media Player

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Hard drive is broken

you need a 1.8" zif format hard drive samsung and toshiba both have models that will work for you, but you need to do a downgrade upgrade trip with the firmware in order to get the archos to use the new hard drive! her is the link to how to do the downgrade upgrade to the firmware

Oct 05, 2008 | Archos AV 500 Digital Media Player

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Broken, Don't know what to do.

if it doesnt feel the same as the other buttons, ie you dont get a little click when you press it, then you can try this.
*nb* this involves butchering your device a bit, so if you arent sure you have the probelm i had, try something else.
on my av500, the cancel/off button stopped working, and stopped clicking...
i took the buttons off, the saw that beneath the plastic button is a bevelled springy plate, which had lost its springyness, and was constantly depressed/contacted
my solution was to poke a pin into the plate and pull it out, thus stopping the contact (which was causing weird problems).
i left the plastic buttons off, and now operate the buttons with a fingernail or pen. if the button stops working again, i lift it out again with a pin.

Apr 06, 2008 | Archos AV 500 Digital Media Player

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Charging problems

I've got the same problem. The only solution I have come up with is to purchase an external battery charger.

Mar 10, 2008 | Archos AV 500 Digital Media Player

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Wrong charger have i killed it or can it be fixed plz help

I ordered the only charger Archos have for my Archos 605. The website listed the charger on the page for accessories for 605 but when it came it said its for the Generation 4 series. I plugged it in and not a lot happens. The green light shows as if it is charging but it isn't. Grrrr

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Format Hard Drive Error

If the unit detects any form of Hard Drive Error it asks you to format the drive. Connect the unit to your PC and run ScanDisk or DOS Chkdsk on the drive. Will help to rectify any issues with the FAT. Windows XP & 2000 Running Check Disk Utility (ChkDsk) ? HARD DRIVE mode only If you still have problems with the file system on your AV 500 you can try to fix it using the DOS utility, check disk (chkdsk). Do the following; ? Make sure external AC adapter is powering the AV 500. ? Quit all running applications. ? Properly connect the AV 500 to your computer ? Wait patiently (up to 5 minutes) for Windows XP to show the local drive as mounted. ? Open a DOS window. Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. ? At the prompt, type chkdsk e: /f . Use e: or f: or whatever drive letter is representing your AV 500. The /f argument tells the program to automatically fix errors. ? Be patient, this may take a while. ? When finished, exit the DOS Window and properly disconnect the AV 500 from your computer. Now try using the device. DO NOT try to defrag the drive. Let us know how you get on.

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