I shot members of the team a few emails , no response yet , I didn't think of the library yet, thanks. They have been helpful in the past getting university papers and other obscure things in the past, I wonder if they can help with anything outside of the US?
I don't understand by what you mean by 'how to deal' with the firmware,
Do you mean functions that are expected at specific offsets , self checksums , high byte or low byte ordering and other things I hope to find in the kind of documentation and handled by tools (compilers / dissemblers) I seek recommendations on. In other words , thats why I'm here.
Or do you mean , how do I keep the kids from unplugging stuff while an eeprom is being rewritten.
If its the second , well , I'm still dealing ...
Assembler knowledge I am lacking , Learning it has been on my to-do list since I first started any programing. Just reading about it isn't enough and trying to use it to control bare hardware in a windows environment with all its layers of abstraction has proven to be a bad place to start.
I am thinking now , in a dos emulator and/or some pic programming might be a better place to get a feel for it. I'm going to need something to work on if I am ever going to really learn it and loosing a few surplus drives from my garage to pay that tuition seems like a win-win scenario.