The Tools You'll Need -

To create the projects in "Hacking Videogame Consoles" you'll generally need to have the following tools available:


  • Soldering Iron - Pencil type (15 watt)

  • De-soldering Iron

  • Hot glue gun (Small "mini" type is best)

  • Electric drill and several sizes of small (1/4" and under) bits

  • Multimeter for testing circuits (digital or analog - digital is best)

           Hand tools:

  • Tweezers or thin needle-nose pliers (tweezers are better, and cheaper!)

  • Wire strippers

  • Standard cutters

  • X-Acto knives (small or large type)

  • Various screwdrivers

  • Pliers - fairly large, tough pair (for bending thin aluminum and cracking apart circuit boards)


  • Superglue

  • Sandpaper

  • Velcro

  • Electric tape

  • Scotch tape


  • Computer capable of loading and printing either PDF or WMF files. (Mac or PC)

  • B&W (or color) printer that prints documents/graphics at their actual original size (most modern printers are fine, just check scaling and margin settings)

  • Connection to web to download support files and templates (if you're reading this you're probably OK on that one :)

The book contains detailed instructions as to the use and purpose of each tool. This list is intended as a basic overview, as the actual tools used in each project may vary. 

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