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If it is a V3 - then you have chosen the absolute worst station to start with... I have been soldering for years and the first V3 station scared the shit out of me!
Your tip is way to big - you need a 0.4mm or smaller - preferably a 0.2 for the V3 - but I get by with my Hakko 936 with a 0.4mm tip.
As you are in QLD - visit Jay car - they will have some cheap soldering irons - they do a cheap jap direct plug in one that has a 0.2 or a 0.1 mm tip for around $49.
They also do a higher end one for around $150.
The better irons - Weller / Hakko etc are all like over $200 for a small tip version.
Cheap Weller 0.8mm tip - $160
Cheap Hakko 0.4mm $200
Hakko 0.2mm $400
Jay car also sell AWG30 wire wrap wire for less than $10 - this is perfect for 90% of the connection points.
But with the V3 that is not small enough. you will need AWG 32/34 or really as small as you can find as the leg connections suck big time.
For power and ground use AWG24 the bigger the better... I also use this for the clock wire on the V5/6.
I don't have razor blades small enough for sticking between the legs and still have room to solder. I have resorted to vasaline on the legs to prevent solder sticking where it isn't supposed to...
not the best but I eventuallt get there.
Resin cored solder is what I use - but for the v3 I also use Silver 0.35mm solder - expensive but makes the job easier.
If you have never soldered before I suggest getting a pro to do this station - it is not for first timers - to fiddly!
Any of the other stations and you may have had a chance but the Oz V3 sucks big time - and I say that after having modded numerous V3's - I still hate them!
Also the laser would want to be in good nick to bother with modding - being as it is such an old station
The razor trick will work if you can adjust them right. The best way is to get two blades and angle them so they're almost flat, the blue tack should hold them well enough. They create a funnel towards the pin, and you don't actually stick the blade between the pins, just lay them so you can't see the adjacent pin and the blade edge is touching the pin you want to solder to. If I have time, I'll take a pic of what it should look like, but it's gonna be on an old pc card just for show.
||| three pins, look at them from the side of the chip, not the top.
||| three pins with two blades angled above the middle one, which is the one you want to solder to. Obviously the two angled blades at the top will be a lower angle so you can get in there with your iron, and their ends should touch the middle pin on each side. Like I said, I'll try to get pics, somehow ascii art doesn't capture the essence of what I'm trying to say.
It's time consuming to get it right and on every pin you need to solder to, but you may need it if you can't get the small tip iron that I also didn't have. Mine is a radio shack 18watt or something with the standard tip, whatever it came with.
standard tips would be anywhere from 0.8 to 2mm in size - typically 1.2mm
Personally I would be worried about the blue tack removing the wire that I just soldered on when I move on to the next... but then again I suppose the stuff does not need to be placed close to the legs...
If I ever get one of these shitty V3 again I will give it a try!
I was seriously contemplating buying a prefesional de-soldering station (vacuum pump Hakkko sell for around $1000 AUD) just to take away some of the stress of doing these stations...
I have yet to get into trouble that a pin can not get me out of but the pin trick requires continual reheating of the solder short until it is all gone - not so good for the chip leg!
A desoldering gun would make life easier!
must say though since I have been using transformer / inverter enameled wire - thinner than hair AWG34 or smaller... V3's are not so bad - cept the time it takes to strip the enamel of the wire!
Only issue is that it is possibly to thin...
Already the V3's have made me invest in a $260 antistatic Hakko 0.4mm iron, a desk lamp with a built in magnifying glass and $40 0.35mm silver with resin core solder.
actually, the ps2 is a V0 JAPANESE, which is basically more hell than v3 i would guess... the reason i post here is because noone would've noticed this thread in the jpn section!
but it's similar to that of the v1 and v3 installation points...
can't i just get a new tip to replace with this one?
not usually with the cheap Irons...
I had a weller station cost me $185 and the smallest tip made for it was 0.8mm and no smaller size was available...
You pretty much have to get a specialist iron for SMT stuff. Although as I said Jay car now stocks direct plug in irons that are both cheap and have small tips!
ok, but thing i have to ask is:
can i mod my ps2 successfully with this iron?
hahaha that is not something that we can answer.
It is possible yes - but that depends entirely on you akill level.
The bigger the tip the more you will need to rely on tricks like the before mentioned razor blade tip, and you will have to be careful about how long you leave the iron touching each point as with a bigger tip and a higher wattage you can easily over heat pads to the point where they fall off.
Proceed at you own risk as always - but it is possible!
If you need help though feel free to send the station down to me and I will install the chip for you.
At least that way you get a warranty that if I stuff the station up I have to replace where as if you stuff it up it is your problem...
obviously I would not touch it if you had already started soldering and made some mess - well i would touch it but I would not offer any warranty due to possible damage already done.
ok, i'm getting a 15watt soldering iron bundled with this ps2 that i am to mod, will i be safe?
btw, where can i find 32awg wire? i went to Tandy's and they had like 20 awg or maybe even less, and they suggested Dicksmith..
and yesterday, whilst in the Brisbane CBD, in Dick Smith, where i got my iron, they only had wires in a pack, no idea how many awg though...
and last, i have the following solder, will it work? :
Diameter: 0.8mm Tin/Lead: N 2605 N.W.: 100g
Resin Cored Solder
Alloys 5 - Core Solder
yes the solder will work - a little big though as you will get large balls of solder on your tip - but usable.
Surely there is a Jay car in Brisbane - they are much better equiped than Tandy / dicksmith / or force.
For gods sakes... let someone do it for you. Your going to kill it. After what you spend in supplies... you can pay someone to put it in for you.