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Tips for VIAs –
I'm going to be doing my 4th modchip installation on a V9/10 system this week, I've done 2 other V4s w/o problem. The only problem I have on V9/10 consoles is that the VIA points, for me, are impossible. It's taken me hours to get them sometimes. I'm going to be doing a Neo12 installation and it has about 4 of these points. So Does anybody have any tips for doing these? I think I probably need a smaller point on my iron.
well what i do is take a razor blade and scrap the via until its silver. Then i take a 30 awg kynar solid core wire and tin it until theres a tiny litle ball on the tip of the wire. Then dip in flux, heat it again to form a solid ball. Dip it in flux again then solder it to the via. Give it a very light tug to make sure its secure.
Thanks for the tip.. I've never scraped it before, i think that will help a lot. Is it easy to scrape off the entire pad, or should I not really worry about that as long as I go lightly. I have scraped the covering off other PCBs to get a good point, so I know what pressure needs to be applied.
Also, I don't know if this is the place to ask, but how/should I perform the Romeo mod. I haven't done this on the two previous V9s I've done or my V10, and the V9s did have troubles which cleared up after some messing around with, so I'm starting to think that may have been the cause. How do I know which pin is 17 and what's the best way to cut it
Scrap the via but only the via ! not the green pcb around it. you dont want to short the via with ground. Heres a Picture to help you with the romeo mod. You can cut the trace but i better way is to just heat the pin with your solfering iron and move it to the right or left then lift with a razor blade. ROMEO MOD V9
I hope this helps.. if you need further help dont hesitate to post.
Thank you very much. I'll let you know how it works out.
I think i'm gonna try to cut the track for the romeo mod. I'm not too comfortable lifting the pin, i'll practice on some other PCBs I have with ICs on them. Thanks again.