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Loose USB connector, Archos 504

The USB connection is loose. After spending $110 to send it to them (they were told the connection was loose), Archos won't fix it under warranty - want almost the replacement cost to do so. Is there anywhere in the US we can get this fixed - almost impossible to find a repair shop for this overpriced unreliable product.

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There is nowhere, except in Philadelphia - and they will charge you as much or more than Archos. Mp3 players do not have economical repair services.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

  • yankeedam Feb 17, 2011

    USB connectors are too fragile for the constant in-out service they get. But I have solved the "loose USB" problem, at least for standard Type A. The plug end (its steel case slips into the port end's steel case) is functionally female; it accepts the 4-pin tongue of the port and squeezes it between the 4-pin tongue of the plug end and the steel case of the plug end. So when the plastic tongues wear down, the squeeze isn't tight enough. Solution: take a small vise-grips and make the plug's steel case a little thinner, like a weight on a grilled cheese sandwich you're making. Then when you plug it in, it will resist a bit and feel tighter. And it will now work!

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I still have a problem with mine though...a screen that blink constantly.

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