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Hardware Hacking - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781932266832, 9780080478258

Hardware Hacking

1st Edition

Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty

Authors: Joe Grand Kevin Mitnick Ryan Russell
eBook ISBN: 9780080478258
Paperback ISBN: 9781932266832
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 29th January 2004
Page Count: 448
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"If I had this book 10 years ago, the FBI would never have found me!" -- Kevin Mitnick This book has something for everyone---from the beginner hobbyist with no electronics or coding experience to the self-proclaimed "gadget geek." Take an ordinary piece of equipment and turn it into a personal work of art. Build upon an existing idea to create something better. Have fun while voiding your warranty! Some of the hardware hacks in this book include:
* Don't toss your iPod away when the battery dies! Don't pay Apple the $99 to replace it! Install a new iPod battery yourself without Apple's "help"
* An Apple a day! Modify a standard Apple USB Mouse into a glowing UFO Mouse or build a FireWire terabyte hard drive and custom case
* Have you played Atari today? Create an arcade-style Atari 5200 paddle controller for your favorite retro videogames or transform the Atari 2600 joystick into one that can be used by left-handed players
* Modern game systems, too! Hack your PlayStation 2 to boot code from the memory card or modify your PlayStation 2 for homebrew game development
* Videophiles unite! Design, build, and configure your own Windows- or Linux-based Home Theater PC
* Ride the airwaves! Modify a wireless PCMCIA NIC to include an external antenna connector or load Linux onto your Access Point
* Stick it to The Man! Remove the proprietary barcode encoding from your CueCat and turn it into a regular barcode reader
* Hack your Palm! Upgrade the available RAM on your Palm m505 from 8MB to 16MB

Key Features

· Includes hacks of today's most popular gaming systems like Xbox and PS/2.
· Teaches readers to unlock the full entertainment potential of their desktop PC.
· Frees iMac owners to enhance the features they love and get rid of the ones they hate.

Table of Contents



Part I Introduction to Hardware Hacking

Chapter 1 Tools of the Warranty Voiding Trade


The Essential Tools

Taking it to the Next Level

Hardcore Hardware Hackers Only

Where to Obtain the Tools

Chapter 2 Electrical Engineering Basics



Basic Device Theory

Soldering Techniques

Common Engineering Mistakes

Web Links and Other Resources

Part II Hardware Hacks

Chapter 3 Declawing Your CueCat


Opening the CueCat

Removing the Unique Identifier

Removing the Proprietary Barcode Encoding

Technical Information

CueCat Litter Box:Web Links and Other Resources

Chapter 4 Case Modification: Building a Custom Terabyte FireWire Hard Drive


Creating a 1.2TB FireWire RAID

Custom Case Modification for the FireWire RAID

Additional Resources

Chapter 5 Macintosh

Compubrick SE

Building a UFO Mouse

Adding Colored Skins to the Power Macintosh G4 Cube

Other Hacks and Resources

Chapter 6 Home Theater PCs


Before You Begin: Research and Plan

The Components of an HTPC Project

Building a Windows HTPC

Building a Linux HTPC

Further Hacking and Advanced Topics

Chapter 7 Hack Your Atari 2600 and 7800


Atari 2600 Left-Handed Joystick Modification

Use an NES Control Pad with Your 2600

Atari 2600 Stereo Audio Output

Atari 7800 Blue LED Modification

Atari 7800 Game Compatibility Hack to Play Certain 2600 Games

Atari 7800 Voltage Regulator Replacement

Atari 7800 Power Supply Plug Retrofit

Other Hacks

Chapter 8 Hack Your Atari 5200 and 8-Bit Computer


Atari 5200 Blue LED Modification

Creating an Atari 5200 Paddle

Free Yourself from the 5200 Four-Port Switchbox

Build Atari 8-Bit S-Video and Composite Cables

Other Hacks

Chapter 9 Hacking the PlayStation 2


Commercial Hardware Hacking: Modchips

Getting Inside the PS2

Installing a Serial Port

Booting Code from the Memory Card

Other Hacks: Independent Hard Drives

PS2 System Overview

Additional Web Resources

Chapter 10 Wireless 802.11 Hacks


Wireless NIC/PCMCIA Card Modifications: Adding an External Antenna Connector

OpenAP (Instant802): Reprogramming Your Access Point with Linux

Having Fun with the Dell 1184 Access Point


Additional Resources and Other Hacks

Chapter 11 Hacking the iPod


Opening Your iPod

Replacing the iPod Battery

Upgrading a 5GB iPod’s Hard Drive

From Mac to Windows and Back Again

iPod Diagnostic Mode

Additional iPod Hacks

iPod Resources on the Web

Chapter 12 Can You Hear Me Now? Nokia Mobile Phone Modifications


Nokia 6210 LED Modification

Data Cabling Hacks

Other Hacks and Resources

Chapter 13 Upgrading Memory on Palm Devices


Hacking the Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000

Hacking the PalmPilot Professional and PalmPilot Personal

Hacking the Palm m505

Technical Information

Palm Links on the Web

Part III Hardware Hacking Technical Reference

Chapter 14 Operating Systems Overview


OS Basics

Device Drivers

Properties of Embedded Operating Systems



Windows CE


Additional References and Further Reading

Chapter 15 Coding 101


Programming Concepts

Introduction to C


Introduction to Assembly Language


Additional Reading



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About the Authors

Joe Grand

Affiliations and Expertise

President and CEO of Grand Idea Studio, CA, U.S.A.

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick (Technical Editor) is the most famous computer hacker in the world. Since his first arrest in 1981, at age 17, he has spent nearly half his adult life either in prison or as a fugitive. He has been the subject of three books and his alleged 1982 hack into NORAD inspired the movie War Games. Since his plea-bargain release in 2000, he says he has reformed and is devoting his talents to helping computer security.

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Editor, Hacker, best-selling author of The Art of Deception, U.S.A.

Ryan Russell

Affiliations and Expertise

Ryan Russell (aka Blue Boar) has worked in the IT field for over 16 years.

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