|My i-opener hacks (modified 0 times) ||Claude Hopper|
|Hi y'all, I thought I'd share my experiences hacking this i-opener thing. I never had a computer before and $99 sounded|
like a good deal, so now I have a computer. There are a few problems, though.
We don't have fancy equipment here in Futbuck, or electronics stores, so I had to do the best I could with what I had. I can report
from experience, for instance, that smacking a hammer sharply on the SanDisk will disable it without the need for all this pin-lifting and stuff,
You don't need a Dremel tool for anything, those things are for sissies.
I found a lot of shortcuts y'all may not have thought of. First of all, you don't need a Torx screwdriver, any old screwdriver will work. Just stick it in and pry
until you hear a loud popping sound.
I couldn't figure out how the power switch worked so I attached a wall-type light switch to the thing. I had to remove the modem to make
room for it but I don't have a phone anyway. I can report that tin snips work real well for making modifications in the plastic case.
I don't have a radio anyway so I just removed the RF shield and used it to patch a hole in the roof. Bet no one else thought of THAT one.
Eventually I found that all the mods I wanted to make wouldn't fit, so I made a wooden box out of 2X4's and mounted it in that. Now there's plenty of room,
and mounting the i-opener where you want it is a snap with a simple nail and hammer.
I don't have a heat gun or hair dryer (or hair, for that matter) so I used an acetylene torch to heat the epoxy on the BIOS chip. It worked like
a charm. Unfortunately it seems to have burned a hole through the flimsy circuit board, and all those little resistor-things kind of floated
down to one corner of the board. I can foresee that this may become a problem.
Now the only problem I have is that the dang thing won't boot. I took it down to get my money back but they laughed at me. Can anyone help?