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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Reprogram a calculator to a cash register

due to the "high cost" (at least from my point of view) of a thermal printer I was wondering whether it was possible/worth the effort to buy a compared cheaper device with it integrated already (a ...
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Reverse engineer: How do I remove the black plastic that hides the ics?

I am hacking a circuit and it has this black plastic thing (see picture below) that hides part of the circuit. How can I remove them to see what is inside? What they are for? I think they are for ...
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Any Home Made Alternatives to using X-rays to identify ICs?

I am on the hunt for several ICs by searching for the markings on them. But sometimes the markings are just too vague and I cannot really guarantee that the IC I found is the IC I am looking for. I ...
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Sniffing a proprietary data line at 47.5V

I need to sniff the physical layer of a proprietary data line with a logic analyser, but my analyser is limited to 5V input. Unfortunately the line runs at 47.5V, which would fry everything. I ...
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Measure/Access Information from small device through audio jack (mic)? [closed]

I've got a small device that I have not yet opened. It sends some unknown sequence of voltage and current through a medium for a few seconds thereby calulating and then displaying a result value on a ...
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Identifying this “Transistor”, in this particular circuit [closed]

I'm in FIRST robotics, and I've been helping with our robot over the past few weeks. Every robot (in FIRST) is required to have a status light, which is fancy-ily connected to some other gear. ...
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Coolpix L27 trigger mechanism

I plan to do a 3d scanner with low-grade digital camera. I opened a coolpix L27 and found this : Does anybody knows how this kind of button is called (may be it is normalised and finding a datasheet ...
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Why are some AVRs marked with 'atmega' and some marked with 'mega'?

I'm working on hacking the MCU in my MLP4DSM radio for an RC helicopter. The model number on the MCU is scratched out, but I can clearly read MEGA without an ...
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How can I tell which alternative is used in PoE?

I need to disable the power over ethernet being output by a device to prevent any damage to routers and switches. After looking more into how PoE works, there appears to be two alternatives to how the ...
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DE-9 monitoring solutions?

My treadmill connects to its controls via a DE-9 port interface and I'd like to reverse engineer it so I can control and monitor it via my computer instead. I would hope it perhaps uses RS232, but ...
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Need help with finding the electronic schematics

I'm trying to find what kind of circuitry(circuit components or schematics) is used in this anemometer: http://www.nrgsystems.com/sitecore/content/Products/5966.aspx There are a lot of details about ...
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Analyzing 4-pin data port to determine protocol

I have a Solar controller for my pool, it controls the pump and actuator for routing water onto the roof to heat it up, when required. The controller knows the pool and roof temperatures, as well as ...
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How to calibrate a Kill A Watt meter and understand its hidden service menu [closed]

I found a hidden menu within the Kill A Watt P4400 meter, which is accessed by holding down the Volt and Hz buttons. Although I rendered my meter unable to measure accurately because of my futzing ...
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Nano Electric Receiver Switch - Circuit Components

I want to recreate the circuit board below, but I am having a hard time figuring out what components I need. I have been trying to look them up on mouser but I haven't got any results. It is called ...
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Can I use a Bus Pirate to drive this VFD?

So a few months ago I asked the question on how to analyze a display. Since then I have found out much information about this board. From some trace following it seems that Brown - DATA Red - ...
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Is it possible to reverse engineer an analogue IC from a physical example?

Lately I've been investigating custom ICs developed by Roland in the late 70s/Early 80s for their analogue synthesizers. They stopped manufacturing these components around 1989, there are no ...
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LCD display reverse engineering

I recently got in my hand an old phone lcd display. Display itself seems to be useful so I took apart it from the rest, and I begun to test its behaviour. Display is named SHARP LM167511 and its ...
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Reverse engeneering a home automation RF 315Mhz transimtter

I have this remote control and transmitter and I want to reverse engineer the 2 RF signals sent by the transmitter. This is the board. The board says "ak-rk01se". I can also open up the transmitter ...
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How can I reverse engineer a simple through-hole board?

How can I reverse engineer a simple through-hole board? Trying to do it by eye gets confusing because it's easy to lose track of component orientation and location while flipping the board over. Maybe ...
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Reverse-engineering a brushless ESC, could someone help me understand the circuit

So I'm in the process of trying to reverse-engineer a hobby brushless ESC. Above is the schematic for a single half-bridge drive circuit. VIN is 11.1V D1 is an unidentified diode; all that I've ...
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Determining I2C Address without Datasheet

When setting up I2C communications, I know that it is certainly ideal to have the devices' datasheet(s), and find the I2C address of the device(s) that way. However, in some reverse-engineering ...
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Analyzing the Protocol

I am trying to understand a protocol (shown in figure 1) . For now this I have understood that data is transferred at high to low clock. as shown in figure. and the sync is for every 8-bit. But then ...
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How does SOLOSHOT work? [closed]

Does anyone know how SOLOSHOT works? I'm interested in exploring cheap ways of tracking an object relative to another object. So my brother sent me a link to this product and I'm having trouble ...
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Is there any possibility of dissecting a microchip to get data from its internal memory?

There are many devices that perform various cryptographic operations inside their microchips. One of their key feature is that the secret keys are stored inside of the hardware and never leave it. ...
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Reverse engineering a 12 pin LCD?

I just found a broken "laser projecting alarm clock". I took it apart, and am interested in only the laser projection arm. This consists of a laser diode (although I suspect that this is actually just ...
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Reverse-engineering RF packets

I have a Blue Line Innovations PowerCost Monitor. It sends packets to a display unit over a 433.92 MHz RF link. There is code (Power Monitor, incomplete) to detect these packets with a RF Link 4800bps ...
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Sending IR signals to Robosapien using Arduino

I am trying to send commands to a Robosapien (first generation) using an IR LED hooked up to an Arduino. I have seen web pages on attaching a microcontroller directly to the toy, but what I want to do ...
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What is this resistor strip on my helicopter circuit?

RM: Smaller photo substituted - larger slower loading one here if desired: http://i.stack.imgur.com/RPM8l.jpg I am building a helicopter and would like to use a linear servo like the one on the ...
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Legality of Reverse Engineering

If there was a "law/legal" stack exchange site I'd post it there, but it's in its infant stages in Area 51. I'm a musician and an electrical engineering student. I've designed a modification to the ...
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How hard is it to reverse-engineer a two-way protocol for a beginner with a logic analyzer?

I recently bought a Tacx Flow trainer, which has a handlebar computer, with a 6channel RJ-11 cable between the trainer and the handlebar computer. The computer reads pedal frequency, power and speed, ...
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Sniffing data from C8051F007

For fun I have taken it upon myself to try to reverse engineer a consumer blood pressure device. The device uses a C8051F007 32 pin MCU. I am trying to figure out how I can eavesdrop on the ...
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Reverse engineer a chip or go with a new one and start from scratch?

I'm working on an existing toy product and the chip has been discontinued. We still want to produce more of this product. You press a combination of buttons and it talks to you. What would be a more ...
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How to profile the communication protocol of my Microsoft Arc wireless keyboard?

I bought a new keyboard for windows, datasheet, and I would like to sniff the packets between the keyboard and the pc / USB transmitter. The datasheet is useless and there is nothing informative for ...
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Determining Suitable Replacement Transistor?

I have a toy which developed a short, and one of the transistors on the board is now fried. I've removed the shot transistor, along with the part of the toy which was shorting out, and everything ...
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checking solar panels current

I have some solar panels, that I don't have any information about it. How can i measure how much current it is able to deliver? With my multimeter under the sunlight? Can I test it with a light bulb ...
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Determine Attributes of an LED

I have some devices which have purple LED's in them. I need to make another one, but don't know anything else about the LED to buy more. How can I determine the forward voltage and maximum current ...
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Is it possible to reverse engineer a chip design?

Can we make something like chip reader, which can understand chip design and generate blueprint of it?
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How to reverse cellphone firmware

I want to get full list of supported AT commands and other undocumented codes for some cell phone. I found that using strings command (on linux or win alternative) ...
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DSC Keybus Protocol

I'm plan to interface a atmel avr with my alarm system in home but the issue is DSC has a propriatary protocol between the keypad and the base. So has anyone messed with this before or can give me a ...
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Patented hardware architectures

I have seen patented hardware designs at the level of generic digital block such as shift registers, flip-flops and adders. If a chip maker were to include such a design deep within an ASIC, how can ...
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Monitoring two serial lines at the same time

First this is the setup: (please note that one of the grounds is not connected, both FTDIs working properly) Now, I have used PuTTY to look at these two serial streams, both exchanging data at 9600 ...
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Identifying the SPI master

I'm trying to reverse engineer the SPI communications between two chips. But, it's not clear who's master and who's slave. I've found the chip select. Without lifting any pins or cutting traces is ...
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Reverse engineering USB signals

Let's say there is a USB stick that is specifically for storing dates or days or some kind of arbitrary data. In order to access the data you must have the software. Is there any way to analyze the ...
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Pinout of a 3 wire magnetic card reader

I got given a piece of electronics to take apart that has a magnetic swipe card reader built into it. Upon taking it apart the card reader itself (which appears very much like a tape deck head) seems ...
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Securing code on an AVR/Arduino and delivering updates

What is the best way to protect code flashed onto any AVR based device from reverse engineering? What is an easy way to provide updates to end users to flash on their own without disclosing the code? ...
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Is there any way to determine the correct voltage for a stepper motor?

I recently bought a CNC mini-mill at an auction. It is fitted with steppers on the three axis. The X and Y are the same, and the Z is a bit smaller (physically). All the markings were removed from the ...

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