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Replacing a clone with an original MI (green dot), can I use the same wires?
Replacing a clone with an original MI (green dot), can I use the same wires? –
The guy at the shop I went to the other week installed a fake/clone chip in my PSTwo, and after it got screwed while trying to update the firmware, I sent it back but he's only gonna replace it with another dodgy clone.
So anyway, found a much more reputable place and I bought a real Matrix Infinity chip, and I was wondering if I'd be able to just unsolder the current chip while leaving the wires in, and transfer the wires over to the new chip. Do the fake ones take the same connections as the real ones, or will I have to redo the wiring from scratch?
the chips use the same wiring so yes, just make sure they all go back to the same spots and you should be fine
Thanks heaps for the help. I might even just tell the guy in the shop to do it for me if he's not busy when I get there, but if he tells me he's gotta keep it over night (or any time when I'm not there to supervise...) then forget it, I'll just do it myself.
just do it yourself, but be very careful not to hold the soldering iron to long on the chip or you will fry it.
also make sure when your unsoldering the wires that no solder blobs fly around. its easy for a solder splash to occur and then you spend hours trying to find it
Don't worry about that, I've got solder removal equipment (one of those rolls of mesh that soaks up solder when you heat it up), and I'm very careful as far as overheating/damaging PCB components is concerned.
The best way is to put a bit of solder on the wire first, then get a bit more on the end of the iron itself, then just hold the wire in place and touch it with the iron, and the solder that was on the iron already should instantly stick it to the required spot. That way, there's no need to hold the iron on the place you want to solder it, you just have to touch it there once.
It's a lot easier if you've got a soldering iron with a wide tip, but that's no good for delicate operations like this. It's still possible with a smaller tip, but harder. I reckon it'd still be better to do it that way though.
EDIT: I didn't mean to sound rude to you guys, I greatly appreciate any advice you can give me, so if it sounded like I was being rude, sorry. It's just that I've thought about it very carefully already, since I don't want to have to fork out another couple of hundred dollars on this thing...
no prob - just be extra carefull. its very easy to stuff things up. double and tripple check your wiring and use a multimeter is possible. things can trick the eyes