Archos 101 or 10.1 unboxing + Gingerbread update

Just bought an Archos 101 Internet tablet. It is model from the late 2010, and I believe we bought the last one. Archos does not make impressive hardware, they make very cheap hardware. Basically we needed a very cheap Android powered photo-frame.

Archos 101 comes with Android 2.2 pre-installed, with no update in sight. However, it comes with a bonus for the developers — you can install Android 2.3.7 (CyanogenMod), Linux Angström, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Debian… read more here.

Note 1: Touch does not work near at the edges of the tablet. People are saying that you need to calibrate.

Note 2: To install Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread on your Archos 101 read here. [openaos.org]

Note 3: Many things does not work in Android 2.3.7, for example, do not set Screen lock pin code. Keyboard will not come up, and you will not be able to unlock it. USB keyboard also does not work. To remove Screen lock pin code: “Recovery system” –> “Repair System” –> “Start USB MSC”; Connect to PC using USB cable; download data.img file to your PC; You must mount it so you can access the file system… I used Ubuntu 10 Linux for this (“mount -o loop data.img /mnt”, then to unmount “umount /mnt”); When mounted get file named: /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db ; It is SQLite database, I used Open source SQLite Database Browser; Then change two values to “0” — lockscreen.password_salt, and lockscreen.password_type, read more here, and here; Then of course copy data.img back to the device.

Update 1: If you want to stay with the stock ROM, you can root it, and install Google Apps and Market (Play Store).

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