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Dec 13, 2005, 02:35 PM
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Help with CVS camcorder hack

I have the camcorder ready with USB connector soldered to the PCB, using Pins 6 for +5 and pin 7 for ground, Pin 8 for the USB data and pin 9 for the USB data, and I have downloaded the programs to do the hacking.

When do I apply the bat. voltage to the resistor near SW2 on powering up the camera? Is this done before the camera is connected to the USB port on the computer.

Do the batteries have to be removed from the camera before connecting to the computer.

When I get positive results after touching the bat to the resistor, is this a one time event, just power the camera down and connect to the computer.
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Dec 13, 2005, 05:23 PM
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You need to go to and go to the "How to section". You'll get all the details on how to do it right. You need to first do a nerve pinch and find out which version you have.,i.e., press the start button while holding down the record and delete key. Once it starts release the start button until you see the startup screen. Then you can release the other two buttons and it will give you the version number, like 3.70 or 3.40. If you have 3.70 you have to do the short trick which is discussed in detail on that forum. Hope this helps, if you need additional help you may pm me. Good luck!

Dec 14, 2005, 11:40 PM
like the guy said, go to the forum and read the threads. Once the resistor is shorted successfully, you can put the case back on. The initialization file is corrupted and the key cannot load into memory. This is a permanent hack. It took me about 15 to 20 times to get the timing just right. The trick is to touch the resistor an instant just before the beep as the camera turns on. You will know when you've succeeded when the TIME LEFT and VIDEOS SAVED words at the bottom of the screen do not appear when the screen comes on. All you need to do then is open OPS 1.x then hook up the cam to the usb and the computer will automatically detect the camera, provided you downloaded the programs successfully, OPEN CAMCORDER is the first button you will hit in OPS, UNLOCK is the second. I got 5 of these little cams for the kids and nephews as stocking stuffers this year. They work pretty good for the price!!!
Dec 17, 2005, 01:53 PM
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I went to my local CVS and they have the CVS cameras but they are black.. I didn't get them because I think CVS had these black ones ready so that once the white ones are hacked the black ones replace them... Is this true?
Dec 18, 2005, 11:24 AM
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I do not know about the black CVS camcorders. I used the light gray one works fine now.


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