Hardware Hacking

Hardware Hacking

Have Fun while Voiding your Warranty

1st Edition - January 29, 2004

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  • Authors: Joe Grand, Kevin Mitnick, Ryan Russell
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080478258

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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

  • Foreword


    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2004
  • Published: January 29, 2004
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080478258

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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