Posts Tagged ‘archos’

Easy come, easy go. 2

May 11, 2009

The Archos is gone. Kudos to Wolf camera, they refunded not only the purchase price of the unit itself but also the cost of the additional base unit that we’d bought and part of the cost of the extended warranty as well.

We have a friend who has an Archos but it has the hard drive, not the solid state drive and he loves it and I’m sorry, we really did try to make the thing work for us but in the end it was just too unreliable.

So after returning that, my wife went upstairs in the mall to the Apple shop and bought an iPod touch instead.


Another Archos dies…

May 10, 2009

What can I say. The latest replacement died within a couple of hours of using it and now it’s got a 104 error and want’s to be hooked up to a compute for recovery.

Total load of crap.

It’s going back to the shop today, along with all the accessories we paid good money for and hopefully we will get our money back.

If not, Wolf camera are going to have to fight with my wife and I can tell you now that they WILL lose that battle!

Archos again…

April 15, 2009

My wife turned it on today. Dead again! So she took it back to the shop. Thank god we took out that warranty. So off it’s gone again to be ‘repaired’. It seems that after this fiasco occurs three time we can get our money back.

And the Apple store is just around the corner too.

****** Archos…

April 14, 2009

Wife takes the Archos into the shop to be repaired again. Guy turns it on aaaaaaaaaand ……… It’s fine…….. What the heck!


I took a look at it tonight and it’s definitely been dead because the wallpaper I had set is gone and so are lot of other stock things that had been there before such as the default wallpapers and some stuff in an ‘info’ folder which is now empty.


Even when it was working she only managed to watch it for about an hour before the battery died so not exactly great battery life there.


Just got wait for it to die again now, then it’s going back (again!).

What a piece of junk

March 30, 2009

Another sad episode in that piece of junk called an Archos. My wife is in the UK and it just died on her again with a corrupted system. There’s no way she is going to be able to recover it, nor should she have to since it should not be crashing at all. It’s supposed to be a piece of consumer electronics.

And another thing…

March 22, 2009

Even though it’s wifi enabled, you have to pay $40 to buy the web browser piece for the Archos so that you can use it to surf the net.

In fact just about every add on costs extra. Save yourself the money and just go buy an iPod!

Archos still hanging in there

March 22, 2009

I upgraded the OS on the Archos after the previous error and so far at least it seems to be hanging in there. So far this thing has been less reliable than Windows which is saying something. Just have to see how it goes now.
After it died last night my wife even suggested I drive the car over it. Whats really worrying is that she was serious too, that’s how bad (and frustrating) this thing is. When it works it’s great but it’s a matter of ‘when’ it works!

I’d hate to be someone who knows nothing about computers with this thing though. You’d think a piece of ‘consumer’ electronics would be more user friendly but all I can say from my experience is that if you’re not some sort of computer geek (I am, sad to say) then you’d have no chance with this thing.

I’ve said it before…

March 21, 2009

And I’ll say it again.

DON’T buy an Archos.

We got a 605 wifi for my wife just before Christmas last year. It died before we’d even used it. Got it replaced under the extra warranty we took out (thankfully). New one just died after less than 3 hours use and all I’ve been doing it trying to record some video. Now I get error 102 and it looks like I’ve lost the video I had on it.

Piece of (French) crap.

Just calling it like it is.


February 7, 2009


Buy an Archos video player. We bought one for my wife last year for when she is traveling. It’s not actually been used yet but I was trying to record some TV programs for her this weekend for an upcoming trip and the bloody thing died with what I can only call ‘the white screen of death’.
I managed to get it working after missing half an hour of the program I was trying to record and it lost pretty much everything on there, including wiping the saved videos from the SD card I had in there.

So it’s gone off to be repaired. Thankfully we bought an extended warranty for the thing so no questions asked but it’s a nuisance all the same and if it’s not reliable, what’s the point of it. Seems the error codes (101, 102) it throws is pretty common too.

It’s a shame because it’s a nice unit otherwise and the screen is much easier to see than an iPod Touch, but as I say, if it’s not reliable, what’s the point.

Bloody technology!