What Soldering Iron
Posted 13 December 2002 - 03:32 PM
I've just ordered a Xecuter Lite to replace my Matrix as it keeps getting misaligned etc.
I have no soldering experiance but am willing to give it a go, obviously I'll practice on an old bit of circut board first but what I need to know is what type of soldering Iron I need to get, presumably I can't use grandads old one that looks like a giant metal wedge that you stick in the fire to heat up, so if someone (I'm in the UK) can recomed a type / make thats good for this type of stuff and also any other gear I will need (de-soldering brade etc) I apprciate it.
Also am I right in thinking that one of the solder points is to a trace on the xb mobo? If so is this really tricky?
Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:00 AM
|QUOTE (Cheerio @ Dec 13 2002, 06:48 PM)|
|a flat, smallheaded one.|
why a flat tip? wouldnt a fine-tip one be better? especially for the link wire
Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:48 AM
Yes, you want a fine-tip point, not a blade. Soldering the TSOP ground wire to the via (the Matrix's "G Spot") is a bitch without a good soldering tip.
Posted 14 December 2002 - 04:58 AM
is this a decent beginner soldering iron, or should i fork out $7.99 for another one?
Edited by mattboy2, 14 December 2002 - 04:58 AM.
Posted 14 December 2002 - 05:14 AM
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Posted 14 December 2002 - 03:16 PM
QUOTE (Nailed @ Dec 12 2002, 11:35 PM)
Posted 16 December 2002 - 10:24 AM
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Posted 16 December 2002 - 06:51 PM
Posted 16 December 2002 - 07:51 PM
Posted 16 December 2002 - 07:52 PM
buy an 8watt soldering pen for point 9, makes ur life much easier
Posted 17 December 2002 - 07:17 PM
I tried that Radio Shack crap but the tips are like a crayola crayon - no good for finer work!! Since I got this new iron it cuts my install time dramatically. I have done two xbox and 3 PS2's with this and I feel spoiled - it makes it all so easy.
Good luck on your install
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