My Archos Jukebox had been crashing more and more. I thought that maybe the hard drive was starting to show its age. I wanted to replace the hard drive with a compact flash drive to cut power consumption and reduce the number of moving parts to fail.
I purchased a the smallest compact flash to 44 pin IDE adapter I could find from ebay.
When it arrived I started disassembling my Archos following these instructions. After I removed the metal case, I lifted the hard drive to clear the circuit board at the end, and there was no circuit board. It was still in the bottom of the case. Apparently, I was actually suffering from the problems described on this page: Rockbox battery terminal repair.
After a closer look at the disassembled player, I discovered that almost every solder joint holding the metal battery compartment was sheared.
I re-soldered all the sheared joints and re-attached the bottom circuit board. I then re-assembled the jukebox. It worked like brand new. The Archos no longer reboots when I squeeze the bumpers. It also no longer crashes the hard drive when I move the player while listening to an mp3.
The original problem is solved, but I still wanted to try replacing the hard drive with a compact flash card. I will finish that project next post.
Too be continued….