CyanogenMod Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) now for Archos Gen8 (work in progress)


 The mighty BuBU from OpenAOS has started to port CyanogenMod on our beloved Archos Gen8 devices. This is a proper port from CyanogenMod, master branch, you can find it on

For the recall, CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones (and tablets) based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones.

Current version is a proof of concept bringing Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) CyanogenMod release to Archos Gen8 devices. According to OpenAOS, this release offers the following:

Currently working:
SGX/EGL 3D acceleration
Android Market

Not working:
accelerated Video decoding
TS calibration on A28/A32/A43

Known problems:
general instability / random crashes
Random touchscreen issues on Archos A101
hard to use on resistive TS models due to missing calibration

Please follow OpenAOS site for more information about this release. Please note it currently requires a Gen8 device with latest openAOS boot menu.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread image updates


A list of things adressed in this release (not complete, compared to older preview images):
– fix browser crash
– workarround for wake up from deep sleep issue -> disabled deep sleep (increases power consumption though)
– fix for finding right sdcard device for vold
– both internal storage and SD card should be visible now
– new bookmarks (for archos scene)
– power menu was not easy to get on gen7
– new CM7 bookmark for G-apps (for more info see also our wiki on this topic)
– used latest CM7 code
– headphone switch (not complete yet)
– lot’s of other things…


New zImage and initramfs.cpio.gz are required (else accelerometer will not work the right way on A101)
– accelerometer should work
– both sdcard and storage should be mounted
– bigger home/menu/back buttons..
– update from upstream cyanogenmod (so regression or improvements expected)
for the accelerometer you may have to active 180 degrees into cyanogenmod display settings


Changes include:
working sound
playback of various audio formats
sync to latest CM changes (could have introduced both improvements and regressions)
See previous post and general gen8 instructions for details.
Gen7 support may arrive shortly.

See our tutorial and video on how to install this firmware on your device.

Help is pretty much needed on this project, Android developers, Artists (for themes and icons), testers and code reviewers are all welcome 😉


  1. Archos 5 gen7 running gingerbread 2.3.5 and loving it! Got Root! Got gapps! Got Pocket Legends working great..which was my main goal… 🙂 wifi works perfectly. Booting Donut/Angstrum/Gingerbread. Having some force close issues on donut..but i only use it for the MTP and keeping it up for upgrades, so no biggie. Thanks go to Dev/Devs involved..without them and their hard work to make us better…look what we would have. Im just a female noob to all this…and if i can do it, anyone can. Sometimes things didnt work right…but it was due to my own inexperiance..not a program malfunction. Trial and error if you will. And lots of reading. Sure some things arnt 100% yet…but after all… this is >>In Developenent. Maybe whats needed is more testers, which is what im willing to do. Just let me know what i can do to help. Im a noob…but will do what i can. Thanks Again guys…great work!

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