flux is a must have for ps2 soldering...imho
Originally Posted by Freaknbigpanda
flux removes oxidated coat layer from the surface, so that solder will be fixed easily. solder moves from the colder to hotter area, but when the surface is oxidated, the bonding power is far weaker than the pure thin or copper surface.
alternative way is to clean the surface with metal brush or rubber eraser, but physically removing surface isn't a easy job especially when it is a delicated electronic part.
because i cannot get rosin from the local store, i am using acid based flux made for the copper piping; however, because it is acid based, copper trace can be damaged every easily, so must be done very carefully with as little amount as possible
even without the flux, you can do it, but because it take higher temp to move the solder to fix, it is difficult...so i would NOT recommend doing any soldering job directly on the chip (e.g. bios)
basically what you need are
1. 5 to 20w soldering iron (9usd 15w radioshack with pencil tip would be enough)
2. thin solder (8usd at radioshack)
3. flux (8usd at radioshack: local radioshack did not have one)
4. desoldering wick (you can use multi threaded thin copper wires like audio cable) (8usd optional)
5. 30 awg wires (8usd)
if you don't have any & this is only thing you would do with those, i would let the pros do the job because it will cost you more (at least 30usd) & you will waste tons of time + highly risky
i did mine & my friend's, but it was just for the fun nothing else
i recommend gamecubesuxs who would do it for 20usd + s/h
Last edited by shimman; 08-08-2006 at 03:08 AM.
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