The PocketC.H.I.P. Cyberpunk Adventure Guide

The Year 2017An underground community of Pocketeers are creating their own cyberpunk future, hacking their PocketC.H.I.P.s far beyond a traditional game console. What follows is a guide to join their ranks. Jack in. Hack the Planet. Dream of Electric Sheep.

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Customize the Hell Out of Your PocketC.H.I.P. — Install Doom & Give It an Icon on the Home Screen


PocketC.H.I.P. was designed to be customizable to your own personal taste, so it’s great to see Pocketeers like Marshmallow share their additions on the NTC forums.

Thanks to his work, you can modify the PocketC.H.I.P. home screen in a number of ways: add icons for your favorite programs, change the background color or add a wallpaper, and even add additional pages of applications. The software also offers nice additions to the user interface, such as the ability to delete icons from the home screen and a display of the remaining battery in an easy-to-read percentage.

Here’s how to install Marshmallow’s software and add an application and custom icon. Fire up your PocketC.H.I.P. and let’s head straight to hell with this community favorite: Doom!
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Personalize Your PocketC.H.I.P. — Tutorials For Changing the Background, Icons, & Adding a Web Browser

Johnbiehler swapped in the classic matrix background

Johnbiehler swapped in the classic matrix background and 3D printed a D-pad

Hold onto your PocketC.H.I.P.s! Industrious Pocketeers from the forums have discovered how to customize the PocketC.H.I.P. home screen, modify the icons, and install a web browser.

Follow along, and make your PocketC.H.I.P yours! Be sure to share your mods in the forums!

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Flash your C.H.I.P.s without an Internet Connection!


Today we’re pleased to release a new version of the C.H.I.P. Flasher for Chrome. The Flasher now includes a way upgrade your C.H.I.P. without needing a persistent internet connection, and a new user interface. Nice work Howie and Tina!

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So Shiny, So Chrome – The Brand Spanking New C.H.I.P. Flasher!!!

C.H.I.P.s come pre-flashed with an operating system because we felt it should be usable out of the box. Installing an operating system can be an arduous process, especially when you’re raring to get started. We’ve definitely felt it ourselves…heck, even our own C.H.I.P. flashing process was arduous…until now!

Howie and Tina took to the challenge of a simple C.H.I.P. flasher and came back with our new C.H.I.P. web flasher for Google Chrome, now available in its Alpha Release. So what’s that mean?

You can now replace the operating system on your C.H.I.P. from your computer directly from the Chrome web browser. Just head to, and follow the on-screen instructions. All you’ll need is a C.H.I.P., a micro USB cable, a jumper wire or a paper clip, a computer with the Chrome web browser, and around 7 minutes. Keep in mind, this will replace the ENTIRETY of your C.H.I.P.’s storage. If there’s anything you want to keep, back it up before flashing.

The Flasher has 3 options: the C.H.I.P. boot repair tool, Debian on C.H.I.P. with GUI by Crunch (our most up-to-date factory flashed image), and Debian on C.H.I.P. without GUI by Crunch.

We’re super stoked to release this. It’s a vast improvement over our previous flashing process and the most exciting thing is it only gets better from here! Can’t wait to show you what else we have in store!

Let us know what you think in the forum. What works. What doesn’t work. It all helps us move forward.

Stay Tuned and Get Flashing!


Everyone at NTC especially Howie and Tina (and Barry Allen)

Thanks to Howie, flashing is relaxing!

Thanks to Howie, flashing is relaxing!