Archos AV320 is anyone else disappointed?

Posted on 2003-12-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-27
When I first purchased this toy, I was thinking OMG this thing is great. Than I realized that I have to reencode almost every movie that I have. Though it looks great and does what it says, the encoding process can be very time consuming. Since DivX (and yes I purchased the full version like a chump) crashes my computer everytime I try and encode with it. Trust me my computer is old but not that bad: AMD Athlon 2100, 1GB PC2100 DDR, etc... Oh, Xvid works but the quality doesn't seem the same.

Does anyone know if they will ever release an update so that the device is able to play mpegs? They are releasing one so that it is able to play WMA. If they do (mpeg playback) this is the only way I will be satisfied.

Question by:DrJekyll452
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

LucF earned 125 total points
ID: 9897732
Hi DrJekyll452,

Looking at this review this device can only play AVI :-(
But looking at the firmware update wich should be available soon it will be able to play WMA then.

Check this one, I don't know if this is the firmware I that document was talking about, if it isn't you should keep an eye on this page.


LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 9897742
btw. Try a converter like Virtual Dub to re-encode your videos to see if that'll speed up things.

Author Comment

ID: 9900543
Directly from Archos:

"Ys, with the new firmware will add support for WMA and WAV as well. Also with the video editing. We didn't have any update on the MPG file yet but so far we didn't heard of any plan on that."
Archos Technology
3-A Goodyear  

Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 609-1400
Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 9902323
Seems that you're pretty much out of luck then. :-(

Author Comment

ID: 9904343
Yeah, I guess not. sniff...sniff.

I do use Virtual Dub. But there is something about Mpegs my computer does not like. It freezes everytime I try and encode an mpeg1. If I re-encode divx it is fine.
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 9907866
Too bad I couldn't be more of a help, thanQ for accepting my comment as an answer.


p.s. one final tip, try other programs to re-encode your MPEG files, see wich one doesn't give you problems.

Author Comment

ID: 9908802
Thanks LucF,

You were quite helpful.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Brother printer model tt support digital line fax & use same cartridge as DCP-J315W 11 89
S1200BTL GPUs 2 81
Moving a windows 7 install to new hardware 9 180
The Rasberry PI is a low cost piece of hardware that you can have a lot of fun with through experimenting and building/working on projects like media players, running a low cost computer, build data loggers etc. - see:
This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
I've attached the XLSM Excel spreadsheet I used in the video and also text files containing the macros used below.…
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question