Flash Lock

These are pictures of the Digital Flash Lock that I built for my Dish receiver to prevent it from getting firmware updates.  It works by providing +5 volts of power to the leg of the chip that controls read and write.  By holding it at 5 volts we are effectively preventing an update to the Flash chip.  The lock was built with a jumper so you could receive updates if chose to.

SIde view to show all of the wires that needed to be soldered into the motherboard to interface with the flash and also draw power.
The device holds the Flash chip at +5 volts preventing a write to the chip.
No PCB love here, all hand soldered traces! Don’t laugh it worked