I recently bought both the M3 Lite Chinese & English versions. Compared both pcb boards but they look exactly the same, so why cant i use english firmware on the chinese m3 lite. The chinese version is cheaper then the english one, so it would be nice Here is a picture: Nothing special, unless you look close, you see 4 gold pads in the top right. They say: TDO, TCK, TDI, TMS This is a typical JTAG Port. I use it to program cable modems and settop boxes. Looked it up on google: Test Clock (TCK), Test Mode Select (TMS), Test Data In (TDI), and Test Data Out (TDO). You can program the Altera Max II chip using this port. My idea is to try to read the contents of my chinese m3 lite, because i dont care if that one breaks When it's successful I will read out my english m3 lite and use the firmware to flash the chinese one. I think this would work, but I need to know if i'm on the right track. Is the firmware really stored inside this Altera Max II chip? or is it somewhere else?