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Fibreglass Pen and Flux Pen
Fibreglass Pen and Flux Pen –
I have to say I am new to soldering work, although I chipped my Xbox successfully, but I was not awaring things like Fibreglass Pen and Flux Pen. just learnt from somewhere, but not sure which one or two I suppose to have. cos I want to do a good job this time to my ps2, don't want mess it up. so anyone can tell please, which of the following three i should have. well, if anyone can give a brief instruction about how to apply them on, i guess it will be a certain order to use them, or may be just only one needed, but which one please. Any comment will be appreciated.
Either of the top two (flux) will be fine, and one of the bottom ones (fibreglass) looks good too.
Rub the area to be soldered (VIAs I assume?) with the fibreglass pen to remove any pcb lacquer and oxides from the area, blow away any fibreglass fragments, then dab with the flux pen to provide a good bit of flux to aid the solder joint. Now attach a pre-tinned wire to the point and you're away.
I would also recommend cleaning the joint areas at the end with some IPA (iso-propyl-alcohol) on a cotton-bud or similar as the flux can cause corrosion (even though it claims not too!).
If you are NOT soldering to VIAs or copper pads then you won't need the fibreglass pen.
thank you all for valuable info. just learnt alot from what you've said, and well prepared for a go. finger cross, hopefully I will not make a mess.
BTW, I can see from some install pics, all points on the ps2 board seems not that tiny, well I am not sure whether that's just enlarged picture for a clear view, how the points actually are compare with the D0 point in the xbox? are they similar in size?
Apart from the power / reset / eject points (the big round points)they are all smaller than the xbox points
IMHO the bios points are probably around half the size of an xbox pad, via points are smaller still. If you can solder D0, you should only find the via type points tricky if any.
PS2 via holes
You just revived a thread that has been dead since January 2004, over five years ago...
Originally Posted by NickH
For such cases I suggest that you create a new thread instead, stating your case clearly without risk of confusion with issues from several years back in time.
As for your question (within its limited context) I would reply "Yes".
Best regards: dlanor
solder over the via holse on ps2 v9 main board