This is a bit tough, but not impossible. It is important to work in a well lit and organized environment.

  1. Remove the two Phillips screws from the top.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the top.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the right side.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the left side.

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  2. Remove the two Phillips screws from the bottom.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the bottom.

    • You can now remove the back cover bezel.

    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the hard drive back plate.

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    • Remove the hard drive back plate

    • The hard drive is mounted to the Archos via 4 Allen screws. Two on the top and two on the bottom

    • Use the Allen wrench to remove the two screws on the top.

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    • Remove the two Allen screws from the bottom.

    • Another view of the two Allen screws on the top part.

    • With the four screws removed, gently lift the non-connector side of the hard drive. It will only need to come up by about 1/4 of an inch.

      • DO NOT lift it to high on that side, it may bend the pins on the connector.

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    • With the hard drive still angled, slide it out and away from the connector.

    • Remove the hard drive completely from the Archos.

    • The battery can now be fully seen.

      • The battery is soldered to the logic board. The battery cannot be removed, yet.

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    • To remove the battery, the display will have to be removed. The two screws that were previously removed actually held the display to the frame.

    • Fingernails will be a perfect tool to just slightly lift the screen out of the frame.

    • The Display is snapped into place on the side of the dock connector. This end can come loose first by using your fingernails between the frame and the display.

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    • This is the maximum angle at which to hold the display to remove it from that side.

    • Gently pull the display away from the button bar, until it just clears the snaps on that side.

    • Angle the display upwards to see the:

      • Ribbon cable connector

      • Soldered ground connection

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    • Open the clip that holds the ribbon cable into the connector, by flipping it away from the cable side.

    • Unsolder the ground cable from the logic board. Using desoldering braid will ease this task.

    • Both connections from the display are now removed.

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    • Remove the display from the Archos.

    • The logic board is fastened to the housing by four Phillips screws.

    • Remove those screws with the Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Remove the bottom right side Phillips screw.

    • Remove the top right side Phillips screw.

    • The top left side Phillips screw is colored black and is mounted within a plate coming of the button bar. Just remove the screw, not the bar.

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    • The battery has an extremely tight fit within the Archos. To maximize that room, the upper and lower hard drive rail need to be removed.

    • Remove the single Phillips screw that holds the top rail to the frame.

    • Remove the single Phillips screw that holds the bottom rail to the frame.

    • This shows how the rail fits to the frame. Besides the screw, it also clips to the frame and requires a slight twist.

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    • This shows the bottom rail and its orientation to the housing.

    • Remove the cellophane that covers the batery connectors as well as part of the logic board.

      • Do not discard the cellophane, it will have to be replaced during the reassembly.

    • Loosen the cellophane that comes from the battery to the logic board. It can not be removed completely, but must be lifted off of the logic board.

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    • Unsolder the red and black wire from th logic board.

    • Here is the reason for loosening the logic board. Push it lightly below the level of the battery.

      • Shimmy the battery toward the logic board. It will just clear the back of the housing.

    • Angle the battery to one side to remove it from the housing. The plastic of the housing, as well as the battery have a very small amount of flex. This flex is enough to free the battery.

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    • Remove the battery from the Archos. Take a break, reorganize and install the new battery.

    • This is the result that is expected. A fully working Archos that maintains a charge.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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