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As long as it works when the lids closed. Congrats!
yeah, but there are 2 odd things i've noticed on it, when in standby, the red light is on, but switch on the system, the blue light will come on but the green will not show. I can deal with that. but the second thing is that for a breif while the other day, it was acting kinda weird. It would only see burned cd and would recognize all of them as ps1 discs. But its back to normal. thanks again on the help.
Originally Posted by kl1k
congrats on the install. Those solder pads look burned up bad, Im glad its working for ya.
P.S - I envy your camera, its terrific
Thanks.. but as for the pics, don't have a digital camera. i just had it sitting in the scanner as far as i could take it.
The power ribbon cable might be frayed, so that the green led's circuit is broken. Also, if you use a 15 watt iron, you would have a very low likelihood of burning a via off since the temperature's significantly lower than the more common 30 or 40 watt ones.
I'm thinking you've been using too large tip and too high power an iron...but if it's working...*shrugs*
@ patch6 - Thanks for the info, I'll check it out within a couple days. got a bunch of stuff to do coming up around the house.
@ li_gangyi - I started out with a 35 or 40 watt iron and got no where with it and bought a 15 watt and ground the tip down to a fine point. after a while, I found that I was holding the iron at the worst possible angles. Also, I did about 4 full attempts to try to put the first chip on, and about 2 full attempts before getting the second chip right. Eventually i'll get a cheap system to see if the first chip actually does work.
And on that, does anyone know if there is an alternate solder point for W on one of the bios legs? On the next install, i'd like to keep as many of the wires as uniform as possible. Thanks in advance.
Your installations look like they could use some flux, they smooth out the points and clean the area. Finally, try making the wires only as long as they need to be (one method is soldering one point to the board, leading the wire to the modchip, lining it up with the presoldered pad and burning through the insulation with the iron, which joins it to that solder glob, and the wire can be cut off. It saves wire and is fast.), and try to avoid crossing them, which is possible with some creative routing.
You?re right on that. I need to pick some up before the next install.
Your installations look like they could use some flux
I tried on that. I did start out by soldering to the points on the board first, and stretching to the chip, but in most cases on that on my install, I would accidentally pull the wire loose, so I went with as little slack as I thought I could get away with. Then I cut with a fingernail clipper. But as for the cross over on the wires, I did try to go as minimal as possible, but this was the 6th attempt and about to lose what was left of my sanity. By that time, as long as it worked, I didn't care what it looked like. Although, on the next install, I'm probably going to get a few different colors of wire, and also glue some together like some of the pro's do in attempts to make it look a little better. Also my install didn't have any glue. Which is why the wires look like they do. But this install was more or less a learning experience, but by no means will I ever become a pro installer.
try making the wires only as long as they need to be (one method is soldering one point to the board, leading the wire to the modchip, lining it up with the presoldered pad and burning through the insulation with the iron, which joins it to that solder glob, and the wire can be cut off. It saves wire and is fast.), and try to avoid crossing them, which is possible with some creative routing.
Last edited by Bootlegninja; 09-01-2006 at 11:50 AM.
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If you do it properly, there's no tension on the motherboard point at all, and it won't break off. You're burning through the insulation and melting the solder on the modchip pad at the same time, which binds the wire to the chip, then you can just cut the wire off, and maybe touch the point up with a little more flux/solder to make it solid.