I'm planning to learn how to install a PS2 modchip but what I want to know is how long does it takes(in months) for me to CORRECTLY install it if I start practicing soldering every weekend now? I'd soldering lessons before during high school, but what scares me is the tiny size of the modchip and those pins! So can you ppl that have successfully install a PS2 modchip share your soldering exp on how long does it takes for you to master this skill?
The first time i did an ps2 no swap install it took about 5 hours total, however it was stretched across a 2 day period.
Well, SMD soldering is certainly different from the standard stuff you are being taught. (In fact, even engineers keep telling you that SMD soldering is practically impossible. I believe that's a rumor, though. ^_^)
Get yourself decent equipment.
- A soldering station with temperature control (I have a Weller WS51, did cost me 200 Euros, but is well worth it :D)
- A soldering tip of no more than .4mm in diameter (at the peak)
Use Flux. I use flux from a marker-like pencil and "paint" the soldering points with it right before soldering.
Get yourself some SMD junk to practice. Boards of broken stuff like CD-ROM drives, not-too-old PC or game console (like Saturn or PS1) mainboards should do the job. Try to solder enamel copper wire to single pins of ICs there.
Use small-diameter solder. I have a spool of .5mm solder here, which is at times too thick to do stuff.
The rest (stripping the copper wire, soldering temperatures etc.) should be in Charlie's soldering FAQ.
Given that you can basically solder stuff (i.e. without burning your arm, which I managed to do at the age of less than 15 with my first soldering iron), I believe if you practice every weekend from now you should be able to achieve half-decent results after a month peak. The trick is to find a couple of "moves", after all.
My first time soldering was 2 weeks ago when I soldered a 6-wire stealth modchip on my psone. I never had any expierence in soldering - although I did do alot of research, but everything turned out fine :P.
My PSOne works like a charm. And I figured that basically the concept must be the same for a PS2, and I installed an HK Messiah2 Pro on my PS2... and HEY! It worked FINE too!
Either I'm just a fast learner, or I'm talented. lol.
The only problem I've been having lately though is the shaking of my hand. My hand just shakes too goddamm much. Is there any Pendazlim? (Dunno how to spell it but its that stuff Snake uses to hold his sniper steady)
Ok.. thanks very much for the useful info ikari, so it'll take me only about a month eh?? And what do you mean by 'moves'?
Gothinthebox, WOW it took you 2 days and a period of 5 hours?? Shopowner I asked to install a PS2 MC for me took 20 minutes. I hope I do better than 5 hours :D.
aZnSpOiLeR, I was hoping to achieve like you did, but I can't expect too much after seeing the picture of a blob someone posted here recently.
Sometimes people are just being idiotic. It's obvious that when u use solder, u dont splat a whole blob of crap right onto ur iron. and thats what i'm guessing that guy did.
My recommendation, is to go on google.com and just search for basic soldering tips.
Helps alot to learn them, even if they arent about soldering wires in a ps2.
it's experience that makes u stop shaking me think
id practice solder the wires to a old 56k modem or other computer board... try soldering the wires to the tiny legs on the micro chips.......... or send it to a pro
yeah I did send it to someone to install a PS2 modchip for me but I want to learn it by myself as a hobby and also I got conned by that person I asked to install. I paid for a Messiah 2+ Installation but he installed the cheaper Magic 3 modchip instead. So there you go.. :arg:
start with a v7 or a V5 as they are the easiest to install, dont even try a v3, i started with v5, then 7 then i decided to try a v4 and that was ok, i have done 1 v3 but was a bit nerve wracking.
As for tips, Flux pens are a must imho use enamel plated copper wire for all points barring gnd/pwr/clk(messiah) only use the neccesary amount of solder, have a sloder pump/braid handy for and mistakes u may make, some ppl use a magnifying glass/light but i think that is each persons choice i dont use one. Be confident but not too confident, take your time, be patient if a wire wont stick, and if it doesn;t work check it thoroughly with a multimeter before asking for help on here