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Hardware hacking on the cheap

April 1st, 2010 by bushing · 8 Comments

It’s been quiet on the Wii front lately — Nintendo has yet to release any new updates in a while. Nothing new to report on the DSi front (… yet …). However, all hardware hackers need good tools, and it’s even more fun if you can hack your tools!

There seems to be a trend in test equipment to make artificially-limited models that have fewer features, yet only differ from their more-power cousins in configuration or software. A good example that has seen some coverage already is the Rigol DS1052E scope — see the most recent EEVblog on the subject, EEVblog #70 – Turn your Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope into a 100MHz DS1102E (Hack). You can even buy that scope at ourmy favorite online cheap Chinese crap store, DealExtreme, for about $400.

I only wish I could get as enthusiastic on video about this stuff as Dave does — but I don’t see that happening soon, so you’ll have to settle for a writeup on LostScrews about how to perform an even bigger upgrade on the ZeroPlus LAP-C16032 Logic Analyzer (about $120 on Amazon — Zeroplus LAP-C 16032 Logic Analyzer Logic Cube — EUR 120 elsewhere).

Happy hacking! πŸ™‚

Tags: Wii

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 shuffle2 // Apr 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

    OK….no comments yet?! This is a tragedy!
    Just wanted to say great work, and thanks for an excellent read over at LostScrews.
    This will definitely tip me into getting some new toys πŸ™‚

  • 2 nitro2k01 // Apr 6, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I think everyone is hesitating to comment because they’re unsure whether it’s an April’s fool joke and don’t want to embarrass themselves.

    Speaking of something different… Bushing, I think it would be appropriate if you forwarded Geohot’s advice to PS3 owners not to upgrade their PS3s to firmware v3.21. (Which kills OtherOS/Linux support.)

  • 3 pm_41 // Apr 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    So Nintendo is quiet, eh? Probably focusing on the 3DS and actual games for now. Maybe they’re cooking something up… We’ll just have to wait and see…

    However, I’d love to see an App platform for the Wii Shop Channel. Along with the usual WiiWare, we could have something like a NYTimes Channel, a Music Store Channel, maybe even a TweetDeck/Twitter Channel.

    C’mon Ninty! Please give us something other than homebrew blockers and mini-games!

  • 4 pm_41 // Apr 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    On a side note, congrats to comex for creating a working iPad jailbreak! πŸ™‚

  • 5 KingLewy // Apr 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

    The PS3 Software update that removed the Install Other OS function really sucks. I was going to install Ubuntu on my PS3 after the 10.4 release is ready. When prompted about the update I paced around for half an hour before deciding I’d rather be able to log into PSN than use Linux on yet another machine.

  • 6 someone // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    If things are quiet after the last update I’d suggest it’s because of the console return rates.

    I updated boot2 with DOP-Mii and used Nintendo’s updater to do the rest, but even then IOS 53 wasn’t installed properly and I had to redo it with DOP-Mii.

  • 7 someone // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    @KingLewy: You could have used a proxy on the PS3!

  • 8 maddoc // Jul 7, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the info, I just snatched a Rigol DS1052E.

    Came with version 0.2.4, downgraded to 0.2.2 and made it into a 100MHz DS1102E, then updated back to 0.2.4.

    Very good price for a 100MHz gimmick.

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