Ever since the movie 'Die Hard 4'
I've had this odd mental disability for disabling my LT webcams and placing a piece of electrical tape over them.
Call me crazy but I wonder sometimes.
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you could crack a car stereo code by putting it into a freezer. Sounds equally implausible. But everybody round here has heard the story.
Did it work?
I don't know as I don't work on stolen gear.
One story I can verify if you hang a creased suit in the bathroom and have a shower it does help the straighten it out.
Take the heatsink and all other screwed or clipped on pieces off the card, put it on a baking tray covered with tinfoil and raised up with a few balls of tinfoil and put it in the over for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C. Let it cool for an hour, apply fresh thermal paste under the heatsink and reattach everything. The technique is called re-flow soldering and is essentially what the manufacturers do with cards under warranty anyway. It works on pretty much any recently manufactured circuit board so you could do the same with a laptop motherboard as well.
on first gen eeproms as the sub zero temps would null out the cheapo eeprom - setting the passcode to all zeroes. Newer eeprom and storage tech means this trick now fails.
And yes I have seen it work - my company Astra stereo came without the passcode and
after the alarm had been fitted no stereo.... Asked a neighbour (mechanic) who popped the
stereo out of the DIN slot (I know the good old days) and froze it for a few hours then
let it warm up in the sun and popped it back in and entered 0 0 0 0 ... until it worked.
Let's knock the "dumb" users who know sod all about IT. What do you do when your central heating goes tits up, your car breaks down or maybe your roof leaks. No doubt there are any number of plumbers, mechanics and roofers having a good old laugh at dumb users who can't fix such things. There are quite a few people who get taken in by cowboy tradesmen of various flavours charging for unnecessary repairs. I don't see why IT support personnel can't be included when the word cowboy is used.
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