Hey.. you can solder on the via.. but that is extremely risky.. you can easily melt the via into the layers of the planar and kiss your pretty ps2 bye-bye..
Check out the pdf instructions, detailed and they have non-via solutions to all the points..
Regarding the soldering issue, the problem I did have soldering was the Ground pad.. that thing didn't catch the stupid solder.. it took me ages and still I don't thing my solder is very strong.. (no matter how I cleaned the stupid pad... any suggestions?
(If anyone has ANY form of artwork of the original
Super Chunk character from Cartoon Network,
PLEASE let me know..)