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I tought myself ;p
Originally posted by mafia matt
look up the " I ****ed up my 200 dollar machine cause I thought I know how to weld 21 wires togather , where can I get it fixed ? " .
Dude , spend the 45 bucks and have someone do it 100% chance you will **** it up. This is electrical equipment , people don't teach themselvs to solder ...
If you do not have 100% clear idea on how to do it, DON'T do it.
PS2 are expensive to change
Was this before or after you had the Magic3.1 installed and you pulled the two wires loose by taking a peek??
And to the rest of ya - let him give it a go - he has been warned... if he stuffs it up at least he has learned a lesson - a play station is not cheap - but two playstations and still no installed mod are even less cheap!
Just some hints - you don't have to use flux - flux is highly corosive!
if you do not clean your joints after using flux you will find that in a year or so that the flux has eaten into the connnection points.
Personally I would rather the small amount of resin left around the joints from using cored solder.
Via's are not scary! I prefer to use them, when possible, to the chip legs - shorting chip legs together with a solder blob is the end of your station for a novice - solder suckers are expensive if they are prefessional ones - the button press types jolt on suck - which can nock legs and pads off of the PCB. And braid (solder wick) can over heat pads with the same effect
So as long as you do not sit there cooking the via - it is my prefered option.
Oh and Beanapapa - a Via is a whole in the PCB used by circuit designers to bring a track from one side of the PCB to another either to get to a part on the other side or to dodge tracks that are in the way and then come back up again and continue on its way.
It is made up of a usually round whole with a pad around it - the whole contains a metal "cylinder" that connects the track from one side of the PCB to another - the common problem with using via's is when they are coated with conformal coating and people do not scrape them "gently" clean - they then over heat the pad trying to solder to them and the pad falls off.
This is not the end of the world if you can access the area where the via comes out on the other side of the PCB, as you can just reconnect the two tracks manually.
end dribble - good luck - but be careful!
No1 hint - if you short two legs together with solder and can not get it off - do not test the station - do not connect power, do not overheat the blob trying to get it off - just give up, admit defeat and take it to someone who can help.