CueCat Hacking

I bought 3 nice, new, and almost shiny CueCats in a package deal from eBay. :-D

As far as a tutorial for hacking CueCats, here goes.

Disclaimer: This hack is for the 2-screw, PS-2 CueCats. Don't try this if your CueCat has 4 screws, or if it is USB. (Google is your friend). This tutorial is provided with no guarantee of accuracy or completeness, and I am not responsible for any damages this may cause.

  1. Open up the CueCat by removing the 2 screws on the bottom and gently removing the top. [CueCat Opened Up]
  2. Remove the cable gently [CueCat, Cable Removed]
  3. Remove the two pins as directed in this picture by applying heat from a soldering iron and bending the pins upwards.
  4. Check your work to make sure there is no left-over solder or any pins touching one-another.
  5. Reassemble the CueCat.

For more information, look on Google or read "Hardware Hacking: Having Fun While Voiding Your Warranty". :thumbsup:

CueCat Hacking
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But what does this hack do?

Does it remove the unique serial # being sent? [not to worry since the company is dead]

Does it open the scanner to be used for inventory proccesses with 3rd party programs?
Just curious. I did not see what this hack did.

In its original state, the

In its original state, the Cuecat would encode the barcode and the unique serial number of the Cuecat into an unintelligible string of characters. If I recall correctly, it removes the Cuecat's ability to read its own serial number. This makes it output only the barcode.

Cuecat pictures

Can you email me the pictures of the pins you cut or fix the links.