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#1 serpicoemcee

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 03:03 AM

Hello everybody,

My problem is that i was installing a modchip and when i went to solder in the header pins.... i did so without realizing that this piece was slanted so now i have it all sodered in slanted. What tools am i going to need to desolder this and fix the problem? Im very new to this so please excuse the noobish question.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 03:07 AM

First, how bad is it slanted? if its not too bad it could possibly still work.

to desolder, either use:

-desoldering braid
-desolder pump

i think the braid is a bit easier to use than the pump.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 04:11 AM

The mod chips have enough room over the mobo that it might still work at a slant. Check for fit and see.
Otherwise, get some desoldering braid and put that over the solder you need to clean off. Then use your soldering iron to heat the braid which will then soak up the solder underneath.
Good luck.

#4 serpicoemcee

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 05:37 AM

heres some pictures of the work i did ( or didnt do right as the case may be )

http://i30.photobuck...N3730Medium.jpg
http://i30.photobuck...N3727Medium.jpg


first one is the chip's connector at a slant and the second is the solder i did.

Are there any retail stores that sell desoldering braid or am i gonna have to wait a week and a half to get it online?

#5 K-MeTAL

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 05:58 AM

way, way too much solder was used.

theres a bunch of soldering guides if you just look around.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 06:00 AM

Radio Shack I thought had desoldering tools. Youre definatley going to want to delsolder that bridge too, and maybe use some better solder; did you use lead-free? it doesnt look like it lol.

EDIT: And way too much solder was used like Metal said ^^^

Edited by blame canada, 13 January 2006 - 06:01 AM.


#7 serpicoemcee

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 06:22 AM

That was my first time soldering anything.... lol

I looked at a couple guides but i guess i should practice a bit on something else before soldering again.... Would radioshack have lead-free solder too? To be honest i just used whatever came with the soldering iron.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 06:30 AM

Yea, radio shack has some lead-free, resin core (sp?) lead.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 06:53 AM

Get some Rosin-Core 60/40 Solder.. That should do you good..

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:10 AM

well looks like i gotta go to radioshack tomarrow so i can pick this stuff up, Thanx for the advice/help and if anybody has anymore i would surely appreciate it.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:13 AM

Wow that soldering is bad, you need to make sure you heat the small rings around the holes as well as the pin, then apply the solder to the pin and ring not the iron, it should flow over both.

Practice on an old circuit board before going back to the box, once you get the hang of it you will be suprised how easy it is.

What version of Xbox are you modding?

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:19 AM

QUOTE(blame canada @ Jan 13 2006, 06:37 AM) View Post

Yea, radio shack has some lead-free, resin core (sp?) lead.


i have rosin core solder from radioshack, and reading the back of it it says "warning, contains lead"

is there such thing as solder that is COMPLETELY lead free that should be used?


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:25 AM

QUOTE(ItchyB @ Jan 13 2006, 01:20 AM) View Post

Wow that soldering is bad, you need to make sure you heat the small rings around the holes as well as the pin, then apply the solder to the pin and ring not the iron, it should flow over both.

Practice on an old circuit board before going back to the box, once you get the hang of it you will be suprised how easy it is.

What version of Xbox are you modding?


i know it looks horrible doesnt it? lol

1.6b is the version of xbox im modding, and i think i will pick up/find an old circuit board to use before going back to the xbox because i would kick myself really hard if i happen screw up the mobo

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 08:22 AM

Another Question:

What kind of soldering iron would you prefer for a job like this, my soldering iron that i got in my pc repair kit looks ok but ive seen some better ones out there like the Cold Heat wireless soldering iron. Any recommendations for a soldering iron? Any tips i should purchase to make this easier??

Edited by serpicoemcee, 13 January 2006 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 08:49 AM

Ok if you are chipping a 1.6b then practice alot because you need to rebuild the lpc which means some small points to be soldered too. You dont need to spend heaps on an iron just a reasonable 30watt iron will do the trick.




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