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Questions tagged [reverse-engineering]

The process of taking a completed system and determining details of its design; may have legal limitations or ramifications in different jurisdictions

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Identify this open collector serial protcol

I'm trying to analyze the serial link between two devices, respectively a motor controller board and a Li-Po battery manager, which battery powers both devices. The application is a battery-powered ...
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How to find RS232 Pins?

I have a 4 pin RJ10 RS232 port with an unknown pinout. How could I measure the signals to figure out which pin is which so I can make an adapter to RJ45?
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What's the purpose of this circuit section?

I'm experimenting on VCA circuits and found the same (or similar) pattern in many linear VCA projects found in internet using LM13700 OTA. The specific section I'm curious is made by an Op-amp, a ...
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Does tools for automation analysis image IC for extract netlist exist? [closed]

Does tools for automation analysis image decapsulated IC for extract netlist exist ?
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How does this circuit work? 48VDC relay and 1.4VDC battery from 230VAC

In order to repair a programmable timer plug, I'm doing some "reverse engineering" on it, it's not for the cost (about $5) but more for learning and recycle thought. I draw the scheme but can't ...
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What is this small unconnected solder blob on this PCB?

There's a small solder blob in the middle of this one-sided PCB (a switch-mode power supply), surrounded by unmasked board. The blob is 1.5mm in diameter, and the non-masked area is 4mm in diameter. ...
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What program would be appropriate for designing a reimplementation of the TurboGrafX16 at gate level?

To be clear, I'm looking for a program I could use to redesign the TurboGrafX hardware at gate level, but to gate to gate, just for functionality. Also, given that I'm interested in GPU design, what ...
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Why does my AVR microcontroller not work without AVR DRAGON?

I have the most annoying problem I have ever come across. The company I worked have an embedded device of theirs and the main designer left the company. They told me to reprogramme the device with C ...
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Are positive voltage levels valid for RS485?

I am trying to reverse engineer the protocol between an old keypad and a main unit alarm system. After sampling with an oscilloscope and checking the ICs around. I am close to state that the physical ...
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How to interface with micro LCD projector?

I disassembled a cheap "wall projection" clock: And removed the LCD board that displays the projected clock readout in front of the super bright red LED: As a small hobby project, I'd like to wire ...
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What software use to hack wireless protocol ( logic analyze ) USBee

Q: What software do you use for logic analyze? Why: I try to hack(reverse engineering) my home wireless heating system control to make my own central control unit. Wireless: My heating system uses ...
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Trying to figure out what kind of input signal this loudspeaker amp circuit needs

I'm still trying to figure out how this door intercom module works. It's a 18y old siedle TLM 611-0 module, I figured out the mic part, there the audio signal is modulated onto the current the mic amp ...
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LED-Monitor-Firmware reverse engineering / disassembly => replace manufacturer startup logo

I have a display from a disassembled led-monitor (Wortmann Terra 2446W), that I want to use for a SmartMirror-project. Unfortunately, the monitor shows a big manufacturer logo when connected to power, ...
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Can you determine needed input voltage from just looking at this circuitboard?

Question poster's level of knowledge: BEGINNER/NOVICE/MENTALLY CHALLENGED Device: A stage lighting pan/tilt motor, for one axis. Used in sets of two to provide remotely controlled X and Y movement ...
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What kind of serial communication is this?

I am trying to reverse engineer a serial communication between to microcontrollers (1 device & 1 microcontroller on a board). One MCU validates the other MCU and I want to crack the validation and ...
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reverse engineering the Nord Lead 4 control board

I am reverse engineering a synthesizer named nord lead 4. I want to tap in between the control board and mainboard which has the microprocessor. i didn’t started with the powered on analysis but i am ...
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Determining UART RX pin “blind”?

My mom had an old Roku that she no longer wanted so I took it figuring I might be able to hack it and run a generic Linux on it. I took it apart and saw two headers that looked like they might be for ...
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Connecting an (Polycom) RJ 9 to Plantronics headphone

Hello I am trying to rewire an RJ-9 phone cable and connect it to headphone jack. I have uploaded the following images to show exactly what i want to do: https://imgur.com/uOt4esa -->I want to know ...
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How to remove Black cooling paste on IC?

I am trying to reverse engineer a product, but I ran into a problem: One IC had a heatspreader on top of it. With a bit of force I could remove it, but I am unable to read what's written on the IC, ...
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PCB power planes and routing question

Ok this is my first time trying some kind of reverse engineering and I have few experiences in PCB testing so it may be a basic question. Basically I am trying to get the schematics for an 8 channel ...
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Help with reverse engineering an LED driving circuit

I am trying to reverse engineer an LED driving circuit. The schematic I generated from analyzing the board looks as follows: The main circuit is this one: https://www.monolithicpower.com/pub/media/...
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Identify TI motor driver IC (from old HP printer) or its control protocol

For fun, and as an exercise in reverse engineering junk hardware, I am trying to understand the internals of an HP DeskJet 840c printer from 2001. Specifically I am trying to understand how the motor ...
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Help Understanding a PCB Circuit from Cordless Hot Glue Gun

I'm trying to understand the circuit in this PCB taken from a cordless hot glue gun. Battery voltage is 18-19v. I've been able to identify most of the components but not all. And most importantly I ...
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Voltage convert from 110v to 220v

Should the ceramic heater in soldering iron be changed to convert the iron from 110 volt to 220 volt? What about the Thyristor? I know getting new iron is better, but my question is just for learning....
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Why 2 zero-crossing detection circuits in heater?

I reverse engineered the power board of an electric heater. I think, I understand most aspects of this circuit. One thing is not entirely clear to me though: The circuit seems to have two distinct ...
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Flashing nordic n51802

I have a Chinese rip-off game pad, which has an n51802 which is by nordic. I want to flash my own firmware but i’m unable to find any information about it. I can put it in DFU mode, so it is flashable,...
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Serial Wire Debug (SWD) Enumeration

When debugging or accessing hardware firmware, JTAG and SWD can be really helpful to the developer, engineer or reverse engineer. When looking at an unknown board/device tools such as JTAGEnum or ...
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Do PCBs have schematics? [closed]

I have been studying electronics a bit at home in my spair time. I was wondering if manufacturers make schematics for PCBs? If I could get ahold of something like that i feel that I could understand ...
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Dumping contents of read-protected PIC

I have a need to read out the flash memory of a read-protected PIC16F57 (this is for legal purposes). From my basic research, there appears to be no way of doing this short of decapping it and reading ...
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Reverse engineer a custom (failed) transformer

I am attempting to repair an aged air conditioner I have tracked the issue to a failed secondary on a current transformer. Very helpfully schematics are available for the circuit board and inform me ...
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Air Purifier Circuit Mod Help [closed]

I have an air purifier I would like to modify the PCB to an always on state at high setting when plugged in. This would allow me to control the device with and Amazon Echo compatible smart plug. ...
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Reverse engineering to MSP432P401R LaunchPad Development Kit [closed]

I have this LaunchPad Development Kit(MSP432P401R): I connected the kit to the computer using USB (Like in the image), and through the PuTTY software I was able to receive the output and input to the ...
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How to interpret this CAN bus data and find an equation?

I am trying to reverse engineer the data sent from an old CAN bus data logger. It sends a single ID which is selectable from a dip switch. The only bit of data I am struggling with is the RPM I plan ...
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How to connect LCD backlight wires [closed]

I have bad caps in my LCD monitor. While taking it apart, I disconnected the LCD backlight wires to get to the power supply. I blame bad product design and my own stupidity for not checking how the ...
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Trying to identify part driving in magnetic levitator. Maybe a 2.5 V switching regulator?

Its from a toy magnetic levitator purchased on alibaba. I wanted to understand and modify it but the key component has the markings sanded off. I'm pretty sure I got the pins figured out and know how ...
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Identifying component from i2c trace & obscure SMD marking

I wanted to poke around one of those sub-10$ smart bands, so I got a couple of them. I opened it and I was able to identify some major components from the SMD markings, including a Dialog DA14580 MCU, ...
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Help identifying a SOP-18 IC (labels removed) by reverse engineered circuit

I have a SOP-18 IC (0.65mm pin pitch) which I need to identify. It seems the vendor removed the labels on top of the IC, so I need your help. The IC is usually connected to a bunch of LEDs and two ...
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Help with assessing maximum operating voltage of a circuit

I am designing a field charger for charging lipo batteries while I am out flying and on the go and I already have a huge 16000mah 4S lipo available that I could use to charge my 1300mah 4S and 2200mah ...
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Reversing the Direction of An Induction Motor?

I have this motor I salvaged from a dryer, and I'm interested in reversing the direction of spin because it spins in the direction opposite of typical machine threads. The Capacitor is shown at the ...
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Figuring out the protocol of an SPI device without a datasheet

I am pondering about interfacing with the iPad Mini 2 touch panel. It seems that no one has successfully done this and/or published anything about it, so I want to take a stab at it. As far as I ...
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Difficulties reverse engineering a digital bathroom scale

I apologize if this has been discussed elsewhere and for the length of the post. This is a group project and we plan to take the weight value from the scale and send it via a WiFi connection to ...
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Does modern market has IC chips which can be fully reverse-engineered with optical microscope?

I'm planning a new course on digital electronics and semiconductors devices for my university. I think, it would be great to go to the lowest available level of abstraction, or, at least, slightly ...
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How to reverse engineer controller outputs of a sprinkler control box?

I want to replace the controller of a sprinkler control box with my own design, while keeping the backplane and module(s). The controller has a 14 pin ribbon cable connection to the backplane and 4 ...
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Reverse Engineering Panasonic AC Remote Control Circuit

I have a Panasonic air conditioner which comes with a wired remote controller CZ - RD513C attched to the wall and has no infrared. I want to make a circuit connecting to STM32F746 to automate the ...
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Decoding a Two-Wire SPI-esque Serial Protocol

I'm working on a project that involves the optical sensor from a mouse. I've got the original control PCB (still populated, save for the optical sensor itself), and I've got the optical sensor on my ...
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Reading multiplexed or charlieplexed display, is it possible and how?

What I try to do is reading a 7 pin display with 35/36 segments/LEDS. I want to do this to know what the device is doing. Why? Because I want to know I can do it (it is possible anyway) and to be able ...
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Identify a 320V DC Brushless IC Power MOSFET(?) Driver

I need some help identifying this IC. It comes from a bladeless fan. It is presumably a 230V Power MOSFET(?) element connected to the FCM8201 Three-Phase Sine-Wave BLDC Motor Controller. The thick ...
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Reprogramming a computer mouse's internal IC?

I have a mouse with an internal IC: SPCP168A, having read about it, I discovered that it is specifically designed and programmed for the mouse functionality. I am interested in reprogramming the ...
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Reverse Engineering a transmitter circuit

This circuit is from a radio transmitter electric gate keyfob. -> http://www.easygates.co.uk/product_info.asp?ProductID=340 I want to make my own keyfob. How would I go about finding or creating a ...
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Can any part of Intel's (RdRand) random number generator be visually inspected?

A random number instruction RdRand, has been added to Intel's Ivy Bridge processors that (allegedly) draws upon a hardware entropy circuit. The architecture is (allegedly) something like this:- The ...