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Is this Iron good enough?
Is this Iron good enough? –
First of all, my PS2 is a V3, which I know is the worst for soldering....
With that aside, I was wondering if you guys think that either of these soldering irons are good for a V3. The chip I am putting in is the Martix Infinity.
It doesn't say the tip sizes, so I need an opinion from you guys.
I've heard a 0.4mm or smaller tip is good for the V3.
If neither one of these irons are good can you guys recommend some. Also what stores I can purchase them and their prices.
BTW, I live in NYC if anyone knows any stores in the area.
I appriceate the help guys, thanx!....
Guys I think this may also be good....
Last edited by dap1mp13; 01-10-2005 at 02:54 AM.
Also, with the three soldering irons I listed above, is there a way to change the tip size on them?
I just remembered the third one listed is a 30-watt, and is .25 inches (tip), which I think is too big.....
Last edited by dap1mp13; 01-10-2005 at 02:59 AM.
The first one you have listed is the one I use. The tip isn't a fine point, so some points can get tricky. But it works for me.
Do a search online for the Weller WM120. It's a 12 watt, and the tips available are MUCH better than the radio shack models. Worth the extra money if you are going to be doing more than one PS2 mod...
That iron really ought to be fine. I've worked on several V1-V3 consoles and I only use my Weller SP25 that has a tip the size of a doornail and I've had no problems with it. A word of advice though, the MI isn't exactly the best chip to put into one of those machines.
Why isn't the Matrix Infinity a good choice for a V3?
If it's the laser, I don't think that should be a problem, it is RARELY used PS2, the laser is "like new."
Is there another reason that the Matrix Infinity is not good for a V3?
The install is unnecessarily difficult and I had a lot of trouble working with the diagrams given by the Matrix team. You might want to make sure you can pop that motherboard off of the case first before choosing an iron because a 30w won't melt the the solder off of those posts.
The laser is rarely ever an issue IMHO; about the only thing to avoid when choosing a PS2 model is getting one with an open-faced laser in it. That and ease of modding.
I have taken the motherboard off, I was trying to match up the Matrix Infinity diagrams to my own motherboard a few days ago. It seemed as if all the points matched up properly.
Then I compared the M.I. diagrams to a mod done by Kaiser Sozei (it was M.I. installed in a V3), I think almost everyone on these forums knows who he is . When comparing M.I. diagrams and Kaiser Sozei's pics, they didnt match up, I'm guessing this is because Kaiser Sozei probably used alternate points.
Anyway, can you tell me some of the troubles you ran into when installing a M.I. into a V3?
Also, I do not understand what you were saying about a 30-watt iron, can you please explain?
What other mod-chip would you recommed instead of the M.I., my primary use will be to play back-ups/imports.
Also, I'm sorry if anything I am saying sounds dumb, I'm sure you guys understand that I'm a n00b....
Thanx a lot for being so helpful....
He is thinking of the V1 and V2 I believe. Both of those had the power supply soldered on the mainboard, very hard to get apart. The V3 is fine though. The MI will be an excellent chip for that...