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Archos forum / Album Artwork
« on: March 07, 2007, 04:12:36 pm »
Have had my Av500 100 gb for nearly a year now and still loving it.  Two repairs - one minor with the navigation button and one major - HDD crash.  Crossing fingers, but it has worked well for several months now.

I have over 12,000 songs, hundreds of photos, and over 175 full length movies at my fingertips (with my additional 120 gb WD Portable HD).  I keep all my songs on the Archos and rotate video in as needed for trips, but worse case I can play video from my external HD through the camera USB port.  So needless to say, I have plenty of entertainment available when I travel out of town or across town to a friend's place.

My question... I have never figured out how to add album art!  I have some albums that do display the artwork, but I can't figure out anything in these folders that is different.

Anyone sucessfully do this?



Archos forum / Clonedvd Mobile Updates
« on: November 30, 2006, 02:37:01 pm »
Anyone using CloneDVD Mobile?  I just upgraded to the latest version and the maximum file size (when you max out the quality slider) is about 1/4 of what it use to be.  I am curious to see the quality.  Either they have better compression or the softare version change is now restricting the quality.

The release notes have this comment;
- New: quality slider range now automatically re-adjusts to allow for
       optimal video quality, depending on the devices kbps-limitation.

Maybe it automatically restricts the file size based on the limitations of the AV500??

Anyone know?


Archos forum / 120 Gb Expansion For Av500 100 Gb
« on: November 30, 2006, 02:30:21 pm »
On a hunch I bought a 120 gb Western Digital Portable HD to try and see if I could hook it into my AV500 100 gb USB A port.  I thought for sure the port would not have enough power to run the drive, but it does.  I can play movies directly from the portable drive.  I tried this out both on AC operation and battery and it worked well.  I do think that the battery would be eaten up very quickly though.

I plan to load the 120 gb drive up with video and reserve the majority of the 100gb Archos drive for music files.  This way I can take a large collection of video with me and play (with AC attached) most likely from hotels.  I tried a file transfer from the portable HD to the Archos and it did OK, just very slow.

Here is a link to the drive at Target.  It list for $179, but is on sale at $117 right now.


P.S.  This forum seems to be dying.  Not much activity.

Archos forum / Pocket Dish Versus Av500
« on: October 18, 2006, 08:33:19 pm »
Recently got Dish Network.  Tried conencting my AV500 (which is basically equivalant to the Pocket Dish AV500E) to it, but could not transfer video.  Got a message that the feature was not available.  I see that the AV500 firmware version is currently at 1.5.12 and the Pocket Dish AV500E is 1.0.61.

Anyone know if this is just a matter of loading the 1.0.61 firmware?  Not that I would until Archos says it's OK.  Just curious if anyone has had this situation.



Archos forum / Second Repair Of My Av500
« on: September 30, 2006, 02:05:33 pm »
Sent my AV500 in for a minor repair with the navigation buttons.  You may recall my previous post about the flaky right nav button.  Received the AV500 back after about a total of about 2 1/2 week turnaround time.  Not all that impressive, but it did come back fixed.  However, after only 2 weeks of use the hard drive failed.  I was finishing a business trip when I powered it up at the airport.  Needless to say I was a bit pissed.    

Called Archo Tech Support right away and got another RMA number.  They sent me a shipping lable since it was recently repaired.  UPS Ground though, I had expected they would overnight it.

We will see how quickly they can expedite the repairs.  If they indeed expedite as they say they would.

My questions are - Anyone have multiple failures with their units?
Anyone sucessfully create a backup HD for their units?  I see several have discussed creating a back-up drive, but any luck?  I was thinking of buying a spare 100 gb laptop hard drive and using Norton Ghost to create an image.


Archos forum / Archos Technical Support
« on: August 18, 2006, 10:43:53 am »
Please rate your experiences with Archos Technical Support.  1 = Lowest Rating
10 = Highest rating

Archos forum / Mobile Clone Dvd Upgrade
« on: August 17, 2006, 08:34:01 am »
received an email from Slysoft today.  Looks like they have an upgrade available for Mobile Cloned DVD that addresses the issue with .avi file for Archos products; "- Fix: .avi files bigger than 1 GByte were not played correctly
  by a lot of mobile devices, like Creative Labs ZEN Vision or
  all Archos devices"

Will test out when I get my unit back from return!


Archos forum / Navigation Buttons
« on: July 12, 2006, 08:49:30 pm »
The right navigation button on my AV500 is touchy.  I have to press very firmly to get it to activate and even then it is still flaky.

Has anyone had any issues with the navigation buttons that required warranty repair?  



Archos forum / Ripped Movies Ending Early
« on: June 20, 2006, 09:18:34 pm »
I believe I finally have all my ripping issues resolved.  Being the newbie here I think that perhaps others have already figured this one out so I won't post.  Send me a note (PM) if not and I will respond.  If several are received I will start a separate thread.
Archos needs to publish a Video for Dummies book!  What a ride!


Hello All,

Been playing with my new AV500 for about a week now.  Getting around to actually watching some of the video I have put on it.   I have several videos that end early.  I see a similar post, but no resolution.

The files synch OK from Windows Media to the AV500.  The file size on the AV500 matches what is on my PC.  When I view information about the file on the AV500 it shows the correct size and duration for the movie.  When I open the file the duration is cut short (1 hr 47 min 11 sec to 1 hr 11 min 26 sec for example).

Seems to be OK for shorter DVDs that I have ripped from collection such as music videos.

Any suggestions?



Archos forum / Does The Usb Charge The Av500?
« on: June 08, 2006, 11:18:05 am »
Will the USB charge the battery when plugged in or do I always need the DC In plugged in?
I am wondering if I can use my Motorola Razr 12 Volt car charger to charge and operate the AV500.



Archos forum / Playing Music & Viewing Photos Av500
« on: June 05, 2006, 07:55:32 pm »
Is it possible to play music while viewing photos?

Thanks in advance,


Archos forum / Error On Transferring Video Files
« on: June 02, 2006, 06:44:06 pm »

Just joined today and read through some posts.  Hoping you can help me with probably a simple issue.  Just got my Archos yesterday and have only spent 3-4 hours with it, but can't get a single video file to work.  I am prepared to get this going tonight!  I have tried Mobile Clone DVD software which specifically calls out the Archos AV500.  Also tried the software that came with the unit - Virtualdub and MPG4 Translator.  I get the same error message when trying to transfer the file - 'The file is not supported on this device - try using...'
Is this a simple settings issue perhaps?  Has anyone ran into this?  

Also, for the life of me I can't figure out how to get shuffle play to work for audio.

Thanks in advance,

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