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[Q] Power light going *blink* *blink* *LongPause* (Archos 101)

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By G3n, Junior Member on 31st December 2010, 07:17 PM
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I'm at a bit of a loss here..
Instead of powering on, the battery light goes *blink* *blink* *LongPause* ..


I have a (3 day old) Archos 101 and updated to the most recent software when it I first powered up the device. I probably drained my battery yesterday when I put it in the night stand drawer while Aldiko was trying to import a fresh ePub file..

When I turned it on this morning, it blinked once and stopped. When I plugged in the charger (figuring the battery was drained) the "blink blink longpause" started. Long pressing the power button stops the blinking. If the power is connected, the power light burns, so I figure its charging. If its not on power, the power light doesnt burn. I tried the "Hold + while powering up" to boot into recovery but that doesnt change anything.

The Archos FAQ said something about charging the battery, but its been charging for about 9 hours now and the device still wont turn on.. (Green light still burns continuously while charging, not when disconnected) My XDA forums search didnt turn up any results..

Anyone got a clue what this means, what I can do or whatever? Tnx
 
 
31st December 2010, 08:26 PM |#2  
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Maybe the screen froze. Try resetting it by holding down the power button for ten seconds or so. If you're charging it at the same time, it should boot right back up after the reset is complete.

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1st January 2011, 02:30 AM |#3  
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Yes, I tried that :/ That's what I meant by long pressing the power button. It changes the blinking pattern to just the burning power led..
Thanks for the tip though!

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1st January 2011, 05:39 AM |#4  
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Give it another shot. Disconnect the plug. Hold down the power button for a little over 10 seconds. I would do like 15 in my head. Wait a few seconds after that and press the power button quickly once. If you get the steady green light just wait. Dont keep pressing it. You should eventually see the Archos splashscreen. I have had this happen on several occassions when the system has been idle for a while with the screen off. Hope it works.
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1st January 2011, 03:20 PM |#5  
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Ok; I did that.

Except that when I push the power button that last time to have it boot up; the power light just flashes once. I didnt touch it to be sure and it doesnt start.

When I plugged in the power supply after that, the *blink blink longpause* resumed.
When I hold down the power btn now, it reverts to continuous burning green power led.

Its been charging for more than 24 hours now.
1st January 2011, 04:22 PM |#6  
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This sounds like what happened to mine. it happened after about 3 days, too. I finally got my replacement the Tuesday before Christmas.
If you get it powered up, get your stuff off & clean up your personal info (something I wasn't able to do.

From my post on AchosFans Forum:
For several days my Archos wouldn't take a charge. I didn't think anything about it the first day...stuff happens. After using it the next time, not really thinking there was a problem I plugged it in (and of course it turned itself on again). So this morning it only had 8%. I messed around a few minutes before work resetting it & such - checked setting>about>battery stats and it said "charging" and 0% battery. When I came home this evening it still said "charging" & 0% battery. It then shut down (with a not-normal screen flicker) the first time I unplugged it (hoping to cycle it or get lucky) and it is now a brick. When I plug it in now the charging light did a fast-double-blink and it it remained dead.
I called Archos & they told me to send it back. She didn't ask for much info before telling me to send it, which I took to mean that it is a known issue.
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2nd January 2011, 12:00 AM |#7  
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Same happened to me
The same has happened to me after the archos 101 drained its battery fully. I think the firmware has a flaw where it lets the archos drain its battery too far. In that state, hooking it up to the charger wont make it start charging all the time.

I had the blink-blink-blink problem also, even after it had been on the charger for hours. Finally it started working (and charging! )again after lots of 15-second Powerbutton presses, some in combination with Volume Up or Volume Down, and some with and some without the charger connected. Suddenly it turned on (showing 0% charge in the Settings, Information panel indicating it had fully drained and hadn't been charging in the previous hours) . I advice you to keep trying pressing the Power button 15 seconds with the charger connected, and experiment with pressing it in combination with the volume button, followed by a short Power press to boor the Archos.

In the mean time (till a new firmware comes), i make a habit of not fully draining the Archos (i will install Tasker to let it shutdown at 10%) , and checking if the green led comes on after plugging in the charger. Only when the green led is on, it's really charging. And it should start blinking after a few hours to indicate its full.

My wife has a chinese android iPad clone (a Flytouch II) and guess what? It's also picky at charging and turning on.
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2nd January 2011, 02:38 AM |#8  
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The Gravity reply had me scared (tnx though) but I'm glad to report that pwhooftman's post helped!

I plugged it in, put a movie on and started trying to reset/start it. It happened reasonably quickly after that.. I pressed the power button while it was off power, the power led flashed once as before. I plugged in the power. The green light lighted up. I pushed the power and + for 15 seconds, and pressed the power button once shortly. Unlike the other times, the blinking pattern didnt start and the green light kept burning. Hopeful, I put it down and waited - as the FAQ said it would start when it d charged more. Finally after a while, I pressed the power button and it booted. Not exactly exact science, but Im just happy that it works again :/

I guess the "blink blink longpause" means something like "I know I've got power but I cant seem to load my battery" - Archos should have this info in their manuals.

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3rd January 2011, 02:46 AM |#9  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by G3n

The Gravity reply had me scared (tnx though) but I'm glad to report that pwhooftman's post helped!

Thanks guys

Nice to know I can scare people...and it isn't Halloween!

I tried everything I could think of to get it to take a charge, with no luck. The problem I had with mine was the times it wouldn't take a charge BEFORE I had drained it - that is why it got drained in the first place.

I hope it was only mine!
9th January 2011, 03:41 PM |#10  
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He s at it again. Drained to 3% and now it wont charge anymore. *sigh*
except he wont even do the blinking anymore now.
10th January 2011, 04:26 PM |#11  
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Seems to be a fairly common issue with these tablets :/
Same thing was happening to me too. Dunno if this will work for people, but here is how I fixed mine.

Hold your finger on the power button for 10 seconds while the blinky light is on. This should stop the light completely.
Then plug the charger in. This gave me a continuous light rather than a blinky light. Leave it like that for a couple of hours and then try powering it on again.

Hope this works for others.
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