first question is do you have the backup firmware from when it was flashed before. the guy who flashed it before should have saved it cause not saving it requires allot of extra work doing the MRA hack. as far as hardware goes, I like the Blaster CK3 as it gives you an interface for future flashing without opening up the box. if the other guy saved the dummy.bin file and can give it to you, you won't need the probe. you need a VIA SATA card. some mother boards have it integrated or you may have to buy it. All of the hardware i mentioned could be bought from http://www.modsupplier.com.