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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
· 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.
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
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
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
Chapter 5 Macintosh
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
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
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
Palm Links on the Web
Part III Hardware Hacking Technical Reference
Chapter 14 Operating Systems Overview
Properties of Embedded Operating Systems
Additional References and Further Reading
Chapter 15 Coding 101
Introduction to C
Introduction to Assembly Language
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- © Syngress 2004
- 29th January 2004
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President and CEO of Grand Idea Studio, CA, U.S.A.
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.
Technical Editor, Hacker, best-selling author of The Art of Deception, U.S.A.
Ryan Russell (aka Blue Boar) has worked in the IT field for over 16 years.
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