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Old Dec 04, 2006, 04:32 PM
silentblackhat silentblackhat is offline
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do u have any soldering tips? i had a hard time soldering before on my xbox because i didnt use flux. it owrked but it was kinda hard. what i understand is that u put a little flux on the end of the wire with a ball of solder on the end of the solder iron...then touch the wire end to the end of the sodlering iron where hte ball of solder so u get the solder on the end of the wire...then for the pads on the motherboard u clean it off with a solvent, put some flux on the pad with a toothpick and then touch the soldered end of the wire to the pad and heat it up so it melts to the pad on the board, correct?

also what type of solder should i use?

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Old Dec 04, 2006, 05:43 PM
4SKIN 4SKIN is offline
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if you have modded xbox's before,it shouldnt be a problem tbh
if your not sure,then dont attempt it,as one wrong move might render the board uselss
practice on a old board,maybe on a old pc board if you have one

check here for a few tips and hints

Old Dec 17, 2006, 04:21 AM
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you're right to tin the tiny wires you are going to attach and ALSO YOU NEED TO TIN THE POINTS ON THE BOARD YOU ARE GOING TO ATTATCH THE WIRES TO!!!!!
The flux assists the solder to adhere to the wire so you get a good connection.
You need a solder which has 95% tin and 5% silver as opposed to 99% tin.
This is because with a higher silver content, the melting point of the solder is lower and so you don't need as much heat applied to melt the solder onto the board.
Too much heat and you can damage electronic components or cause the tracks to lift off the PCB.
You should also invest in a reel of DE-SOLDERING BRAID.....invaluable for correcting mistakes of too much solder. Look it up on the net.
Get a flux pen also and a 15 Watt soldering iron.
You can buy them all from maplins electronics and set yourself up for about 30.
Get some practice and you'll soon get your money back by chipping your friends for them

With both the wire and the contact point on the board tinned oyu can make the joint by touching the tinned wire onto the tinned soldering point and offer the soldering iron up to them. You don't need to leave the iron here long before the solder melts....when you quickly then retract the soldering iron and allow to joint to cool and solidify.
Practice 1st on an old PCB before you attack you're pS2.
Take your time.....and good luck.
If you make a right B----cks of it you can always get a replacement machine from SONY for about sixty quid trading in your damaged PS2!!!

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