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Soldering Tips for installing m2 in v3 or earlier ps2
Soldering Tips for installing m2 in v3 or earlier ps2 –
i need some tips on how to install an m2 in any type of these ps2s..
i have a 25W soldering iron, and solder, what kind of wires should i get? what else, that is essential should i get?
i need tips for the bios points, etc. and tips on how to *NOT* muck up, because so many people on the forum HAVE so far...
I don't mean to be critical, but there have many, many post on this topic. Even the mod chip sites relate to wire size and hints. Trying doing a search..
yeah, well, i like a pro telling me, to be on the safe side...
say, weren't you one of those people who mucked up on one of their installs?
how do people muck up btw? how can i be on the safe side? and how to seperate the bios legs bit?
Lay off the coffee before you solder and you'll be fine. The razor & blue tack trick in the M2 install guide works good for the bios if you don't trust yourself to be steady. Also, put a little solder on the wire before you attempt to solder to the bios, that way you can just hold the wire to the pin and touch the iron to it for a second or two and it'll stick. Make sure the tip of your iron doesn't have excess solder on it, scrape it with something to make sure it's clean. The less solder you use, the less chance you have of it running away and creating bridges. Remember, the wire won't be pulled on too much if you hot glue it down after you solder so the contact just has to be enough to stand up to a light tug, then you know it's going to stay (always check with a multimeter or ohmmeter for continuity). That's pretty much all I knew before going into my install and it's been working great, actually, I didn't have hot glue so I stuck some double sided tape on the bios and stuck the wires down to it, but I don't recommend that. Also, it's stood up to multiple times that I took apart the PS2 to install an IR reciever inside, so it looks like it's solid.
uhmm, i'll keep all of that in mind!
i've never soldered before, and i'm a beginner, and i only just bought the iron a few hours ago!
pick up a 15W iron with a really small tip and also get some flux.
It's easier than it sounds, just be smart about it and practice on an old pc card or motherboard, something with tiny pins that are similar in size to the PS2 bios pins. The not knowing how the solder will move when it's hot is what kills most first timers, it does bead up as a liquid, but if it finds a good path to more metal, it'll spread itself thin. I try not to use extra flux for this reason (the rosin core solder should have the little bit you need) The points that need to be soldered don't really need it, and the flux will just create more channels for the solder to run down into other pins if you put too much. You'll figure all this stuff out when you try it, which is why it's good to practice first.
I might add that technically, flux is a good thing and should be used when soldering to create cleaner, stronger contacts, but for this application, I find rosin core solder is enough.
i can't get a 15 watt, here they only have 25 watt, 40 watt, 80 watt, and 17 watt (17 is a bit too expensive).. and it doesn't have a very thin tip..
i have a 0.8-1mm tip (it's around that range)..
am i screwed with this Iron, or am i ok?
also, how thick should the wires be? i know GND should be.. 32awg!?
oh, are there any pics or videos of someone soldering something?
and HOW EXACTLY do i practise? explain.
Well I think everyone has messed up before, and that really isn't the issue is it. It's being able to resolve any issues you may run accross. Anyways.. The wire I use for all connections except power and gnd are 30-Gauge Wire for Wrapping at radioshack. The model number is 278-503 50ft for 2.99. And for the other points I use UL Recognized Hookup Wire 22 AWG product # 278-1221. My approach is to dip in flux, thin tin the wire and flux again. Touch wire to point, then iron to point for a split second. The connection should be solid. I use an old wet wash rag to clean excess solder from the iron.
Actually, I went with what the Messiah2 install pdf said, 32awg (or close to that) for all but 3.45V and ground and around 22awg for ground and 3.45v. I'm not sure if there's any videos anywhere, I'm sure there's many techniques so it's not all that important. I actually applied the solder to all points on the modchip first, without the wires so I had a bunch of little beads of solder on the chip. Then, as I did each wire, I reheated the solder on the chip, dipped one end of the wire in and pulled it back out, this covered the tip of the wire with solder. Then I used that wire to solder to the motherboard, since it already had solder on it, I just held it to the point I wanted it to stick to and touched it with the iron for a second to melt the solder and make it stick. Then I reheated the solder on the modchip where the other end of that wire was supposed to go, and stuck it in the solder, removed the iron, and that wire was complete. I did one wire at a time like this to keep track of which wire went where. I'm sure it's not the best method, but it worked, and I'm a newbie at soldering. As for practicing, just solder some wire to an old pc card and check the continuity, just like you would to the PS2. If it works on the pc card, it'll work on the modchip. Also note that the M2 is a little forgiving with sloppy installs, I'm not sure if this method would work on a DMS3 install since it needs to be more precise.