When i replay my archos 160G TV shows records from the TV, then it suddenly freezed and dead. I reopen it and it show hdd recovery 2 and 2 choice -- USB and format disk. Eitherway i try but all show media failed and keep blank with same selection ahead.
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It is indicating that there is a hard drive fault. Here is another users suggested method to clear the fault.
Following some extensive use I switched it on one day to find that it hung on the Archos home screen and kept going in a loop. Luckily I could see the red HDD light flickering so knew that the Archos was trying to do something and that the HDD was recoverable. When I entered into the recovery mode I found that I had an recovery code (101) which indicates a HDD fault.
I used the following steps to recover the HDD:-
1. Connect the archos to the PC using the USB cable (the unit will start but will need to be shut down again by pressing the power button) 2. Press the power button and the 'lock' button together for a few seconds and you should get a basic recovery screen 3. Scroll down to repair disk and select 4. Click on done and wait for a few seconds and you will see the archos as a drive in 'My Computer' (Note that this does take a few minutes) 5. You now need to back up your data, movies, music, widgets etc as the next step is to format the Archos HDD which will wipe it all. 6. Disconnect the Archos, turn it off and then turn it back on again by pressing the power and 'lock' buttons together. 7. Scroll down to format disk and select. The Archos will now delete all files on the HDD and you will get a message asking to connect to a PC and install the update file. This is the firmware file that can be obtained from the Archos website. You'll also notice that the recovery code has changed from 101 to 108 8. Connect the Archos to the PC, wait for a few seconds and you will see the archos as a drive in 'My Computer' again. 9. Drag the firmware update file from your PC where you've downloaded it to directly on to the root drive 10. Click 'done' on the Archos and it will begin to update the operating system. 11. Once this is complete then there should be an update successful message, select done and the archos should restart giving you the nice bubble screen and asking if you want to enable USB. 12. Note that the Archos is now in a 'factory built' condition so you'll need to adjust settings etc according to your preferences. 13. You can now start the long process of transferring your files back to the Archos.
you have to format your hd. for this conect your dvd player to pc. there is coming your hdd with a letter disk . click with the right button mouse and give format. after formating make sure to put some video from media player as described in your manual. (videos must be codec compatible to play). if is repeated same thing check your audi and video setting if nothing.... good luck i dont know another solution.
What kind of HDD do you have, do you have any type of output on it. You stated that you haven't connected the docking station to it and the TV...? The best thing to do is to connect your Archos to the Docking station. Set the docking station up correctly, with cables coming out of the HDD (if it has some sort of output) to the station and out of the station to your TV. Once you set that up, you can use the Archos as a mini DVR or VCR. Go to the REC option on the main screen of Archos, you'll have an option for Video Recorder (tab on top). If you play any source on the HDD, then all you have to do is press the Rec option on the Archos. If you already have a file on the HDD, then try just moving it over into the Archos once you connect the Docking station to your computer via USB or just use the USB cable connected to the computer with the HDD. I use the USB preference as Windows Media Device. (found under menu/settings/system). Is is basically a HDD itself. Remember the Archos will only play certain videos without the purchase of any extra plugins.
Choos 'Repair disk' while connected to your computer, then go onto www.archos.com go into support, downloads, choose your model and clck on download archos..... Then go into my computer click on the archos device after that has finished downloading and drag that file into the archos folder and the rest it does itself.
The same thing happens to me. I've noticed that it is on the dvds and vhs recordings (ie, copy protected) that this happens. The other files (downloaded from internet, tv, etc) play fine. I think it has something to do with copy-protection that allows files to be saved to device, but not transmitted out. This allows you to save and view your commercial recordings on the Archos, but not let the program to be sent to a recording device such as a dvd recorder.