Initially, I sat with the logic analyzer, entering each address and byte into a text file, as I followed the start-up sequence of the credit card terminal. This was a time consuming method, but it gave me excellent training into how the logic analyzer and the credit card terminal worked.
After all, learning was what this project was about! While doing things “the hard way” is often difficult, it tends to make for a much more rewarding and memorable experience.
As I progressed through the code and grew more experienced, I switched to having the logic analyzer “print” the data recorded through a serial port to my laptop. This was considerably easier than retyping each byte. As I followed the normal start-up sequence, I made a very useful discovery.
The terminal ran a CRC check on the firmware stored in flash!