Archos 7c Home Tablet custom Android 2.2 (Froyo) firmware with Android Market and root


A Froyo firmware has recently been released for Archos 7c HT by futranbg based on the work of birdiebnl from Archosfans forum, they built a pretty decent firmware for RK2818 tablets that adapts pretty well on Archos 7c HT, thanks a lot for your great work.

This custom firmware for the Archos 7cHT tablet, brings an Android 2.2 Froyo along with Android Market and root access to the device.

This firmware is specific for the Archos 7c HT (capacitive screen), if you own the earlier Archos 7HTv1, 7HTV2 models (with resistive screen) please check our Archos 7 HTv1/7HTv2 custom firmware.

Firmware download:

This firmware is specific to the Archos 7cHT and should not be installed on other devices.




Important release notes:

  • this firmware is an unofficial custom firmware not supported by Archos/Arnova
  • this firmware is assembled with binaries from various devices, it is not built from source code, which leaves limited possibilities to fix important problems and full compatibility with the Archos 7cHT is not garanteed.
  • Android Market support is partial and not all Market applications can currently be currently found
  • We are testing our custom firmwares before making them public, and we are only releasing it when it is stable enough (unless noted otherwise)
  • In case the firmware does not suit your expectations, you should always be able to
    restore another firmware. Use Rockchip flashing tools in case things have really gone wrong and your device appears “bricked“.

From the custom firmware author

Quoting the firmware author:

Don’t charge when powered of, when turn on the touch screen become scazy
-Rom worked but touch screen not working?
+After boot up you may have to turn off the screen (lock), and turn it on. This should make screen work. If it’s not work, check your device was it Archos 7c, and find a suitable rom for your device.
-There are lags in menu and launcher?
+That was my false, i tried to make fancy animation and it make lag, you can turn of animation in display setting.
-Market work but still have problem?
+Try this fix
-I want get back official rom?
+ download official update.img and do update again.
-USB not work for me?
+When USB cable connected, you have to enable mass-storage device mode in the notification bar. In 2.1 it mount USB device automatically, now you have to do it.

This rom was a combine of Android 2.2 (7HTV2_22.21) and Archos 7c kernel, i removed something we don’t need, add something hope we like.
All credits to birdiebnl as the rom builder.

Firmware update procedure:

Step 1 – Install firmware

The first part of the procedure is similar to the one on the Arnova 10

  • Connect your device to the electricity socket, fully charge it and leave the socket connected
  • Unzip the update.img file out of the zip archive
  • Copy the img file to the root of your device
  • Unmount USB on your device, it should give a prompt similar to this one:
  • Push the Install button and follow the update procedure
  • You can also refer to our flashing procedure page for more details.

  • The first boot after flashing may take some time (few minutes), please be patient.
  • This first part of the procedure is similar to the one on the Arnova 10, that you can see on this video:

    Step 2 – Install Market

    When your Archos 7cHT has started on the new Android 2.2 operating system, please configure the WIFI network to access the Internet. The tablet comes loaded with latest ArcTools release, please follow the Market installation procedure for the Android Market.:
    – Start ArcTools
    – Make sure “Default Apps & Market v2.2.7 (Android 2.2 Froyo)” is selected in the list
    – Press Download button, wait for the download to finish
    – Press Install Apps button
    – Reboot the device
    – Configure your Android Market
    (this procedure is detailled on the Market installation with ArcTools page, please starting at Step 3.)

    Step 3 – Apply Market fix to get all applications on Android Market

  • You will probably have a lot of applications missing in the Android Market, please apply the Android Market fix procedure to get all applications back in the Market.
  • Mounting Archos 7cHT on your PC / turning ON USB Storage

    This Android 2.2 Froyo firmware does not automatically mount your tablet to your computer when connected on USB. You need to manually turn ON USB storage thru 3 simple steps:

  • Plug your Archos 7cHT to the USB device you want to connect to

  • Grab the notification area from the top of the screen, click on the USB connected line

  • Click on the Turn on USB Storage button to mount your device to your computer

  • You should get the following screen.

  • Click Turn off USB Storage button to unmount your Tablet on your computer.

    Restoring Archos 7cHT default firmware

    In case you don’t like this firmware or if you just want to go back to the default stock firmware:
    • Download
    • Follow the firmware update procedure described earlier in this article



    1. I installed the firmware successfully, but I didn’t managed in fixing the bug of the Market : A lots of application are missing … I installed Arctools 0.61 dowloading it on this site. I can dowload the apps but I can’t install it : Error 20 and error 28 (cannot create temporary directory and fail in copying the files”
      Any Clue ? Thaks to help me 🙂

      Have a good day !

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