OEM Controllers: Moding For Genie And Grove Units

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products offer third-party solutions for major computer platforms and operating systems. If you're looking for an OEM genie controller, you might be confused by the sheer variety of products available to you. Here are some tips for modifying (moding) your OEM genie controller to work with your equipment:

Product Key

Because OEM products are manufactured around the world, it can be difficult to know exactly what you're working with. Fortunately, major manufacturers are constantly updating the third-party manufacturers that make products for their computing systems. The quickest way to figure out if your OEM genie controller will work with your unit is by searching with the product key. When you look up the product key, be sure to lookup the standard and international numbers, as the subsidiaries are often located overseas.

  • Can't find the product key?

If you can't find the product key, you can locate it on the motherboard of the OEM genie controller (if it is an officially licensed product). If you can't find the product key, you should be careful before using it, as the manufacturer will not cover any damage or compatibility issues you might have. Using an unauthorized OEM genie controller can also jeopardize any warranty you may still have on your unit.

Compatibility

The compatibility of OEM genie controllers can always be questionable. This is specifically true for newer and older (5 years or more) machines. Unfortunately, you can't always know if your genie controller will be compatible with your OEM until after you've ordered it.

  • Can I mod my genie controller?

If you find that the OEM genie controller you buy is not compatible with your unit, there's still a chance that you can mod it out. The mod process begins with a check of the processor and mother board. If the OEM genie controller isn't compatible with your unit because the unit is too old, you may have to swap the motherboard out for an older model. If, however, you find that your OEM genie controller is compatible because it is far older than your unit, you will need to swap out both the motherboard and processor. This moding process, although not difficult, requires some basic soldering tools and knowledge. Before you attempt the process of moding out your unit you may want to contact the manufacture of your OEM genie controller unit to make sure that the parts your switching will give you the compatibility you're looking for.

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