Upgrade Android : Archos! Bless you, One step beyond, Custom modes, Flash master & Gingerbread device

4/12/2012 9:10:23 AM

Gain a heap of features with CyanogenMod Android

Description: Upgrade Android

1.         Archos! Bless you

Archos tablets goby various names, but most devs refer to them by their generational names. So the older Archos 5 and 7 IMT are Gen6 devices. The recent Archos 5 IT is Gen7 and the Archos 101, 80 and 70 are Gen8. Head to and select “Support> Downloads and special developer edition firmware”. Grab the version for your device - in this case, Gen8.

Description: Archos! Bless you

2.         One step beyond

Be warned: flashing the SDE invalidates the warranty and removes the ability to play DRM content. To install the SDE, power off the Archos, then turn it on while holding the volume down button. The Archos screen will appear for a few seconds and then the white Recovery mode will appear. Use the volume buttons to highlight “Update firmware” and the power button to select it.

Description: One step beyond

3.         Custom modes

At this point you need to connect the Archos to your PC via its USB port and make sure it’s powered from the mains adaptor too. Copy the AOS file that you’ve just downloaded to the root of the Archos drive. Eject the device from Windows and press the power button to install the SDE. To boot the alternative OS when powering up or rebooting, hold down both volume buttons.

Description: Custom modes

4.         Flash master

A couple of firmware files will need updating. Go to www.bit.Iy/sXWO4S to get the latest versions of zlmage and initramfs. Boot the Archos into recovery mode and select “Recovery system> Developer edition menu > Flash kernel and initramfs”. Connect it to your PC and copy both files to the root of the Archos.Unmount the Archos and let the tablet install and reboot.

Description: Flash master

5.         Gingerbread device

Get the build for your tablet from wwwbit.Iy/uokKrL. Connect the tab!et to the P.C and boot into Recovery mode. Select “Recovery system> Repair system> “Start USB MSC”. Copy the file to the root of the table, name it openaos-gingerbread.img.gz and eject the device. Press the power button and pick “Reboot”

         Description: Gingerbread device

6.         Boot me

Hold both volume buttons to select the Developer Mode boot. If you named the Gingerbread file correctly, it will be listed. Select it with the power button and Android will appear so you can run through the standard setup. Follow the guides on adding Android Market and getting the best from CyanogenMod.

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