a wire install is quite easy on the version 1.0 xbox...here is a guide to solderinghttp://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/solder.htm
practice on an old piece of hardware you dont need anymore or pay someone local to do it man...i do nothing but wire installs...i like them better than header pin way for mulitple reasons....solderless chips can be a hassle always reseating them if you move your box around like i do .....the d0 on the back of the mobo is the hardest solder point...the lan and hd wires are easiest....just put a very small amount of solder on each wire first (called tinning ) you wont need hardly any at all cause the lpc points are filled...
not saying soldering is easy , its not...it is a skill...but with enough research and prcatice on spare parts it can be done..
p.s desoldering the lpc with a desoldering braid can be done...but its a hassle and very time consuming...your more likely to screw things up doing it that way than the wire install
Edited by 8itgreat, 03 November 2004 - 10:33 AM.