Hacking away with Android pt 3 – Installing modified firmware on the Archos

Posted on October 30, 2010


To make the Archos more usable for hacking, it helps when it is rooted.

As there is no “standard” way to root the Android, except by installing a modified firmware, I installed the firmware on the Archos 7.

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Step by step descriptions

As these have been done in a clear fashion by “Watkins77” I will direct you to the page with his description

You will use RKAndroidDM (downloadable from this location) which is referring to the APad (a Chinese Android tablet priced around US$ 120 to US$ 230 depending on the specs) and apparently used to modify the basic image of the APad. Brief: it works for the Archos7 too.

The SamJr v0.27 update.img

You will find the SamJr Modified Android image for the Archos 7 here.

It includes:

  1. Root / Super User access – to the Archos7 Android install
  2. Google Market on the Archos7 – via the (modified?) market.apk, downloadable here

Steps in brief

Go to the step by step description by “Watkins77”  here. To shed some light on what you are doing, here the steps clarified:

  1. Preparing your installation – Download the files:
    1. The Archos7 Android Modified System Image
    2. The Android Apad Firmware Update Tool
    3. The Andoid Market apk file
  2. Register the Archos as a ADP device – Disconnect your Archos tablet from the adapter and set the power switch in “locked” mode – this apparently will register the Archos7 as a
  3. Preparing your (Windows) computer
    1. Install the windows Drivers –  for the Archos / APad Firmare Update Tool combination
    2. Start RKAndroidDM (the Apad Firmware update tool)
  4. Install the Archos7 Mod Image – using the Update Tool
  5. Turn your Archos on – It will install the update and boot with the new startup image.
  6. Let the install run and finish – Up to 3 minutes. It will also create an unformatted partition on the internal Flash card
  7. Mount your Archos as a USB drive – to give access to your Flash- and SD card
  8. Format the new partition via Windows – On your internal Flash card of the Archos
  9. Install  Market.apk – Copy the Market.apk file on your Archos and run it from the “Files” app. It will ask for Root-access, which you will and can grant.
  10. Restart your Archos – for the Market-app to complete the setup
  11. Register yourself on the Android Market – and start downloading the applications you bought and / or installed on your other Android devices
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