Posted 27 September 2002 - 12:16 PM
Anyway, shall I wait for the flux before I install my chip or kill the eagerness and do it now . I done my psx and then my PS2 with a USB mod, and have also done a few little projects so Im not a newbie to the iron. But I've never used flux :S.
Last thing, whats the best way to use the stuff if its in pen form?
Posted 27 September 2002 - 01:52 PM
Posted 27 September 2002 - 04:07 PM
It could definitely be done, but flux will make your job much easier/safer.
Posted 27 September 2002 - 04:12 PM
Posted 27 September 2002 - 04:41 PM
Well Ive been out trying to find some and couldnt get none. The guy workin in one electrical shop told me its not needed any more cause they mix it in with hte solder, only £2 for the solder so I got it.
I think I might give it a try later without the flux, Im quite confident about doin it, although I found the one wire on the ps2 usb mod a fucker to do. Still confident though
Posted 27 September 2002 - 10:30 PM
Each connection I've made is shiny, and I've never had a failure.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 02:00 AM
Well Ive took the xbox apart and had a look and decided to wait to see if i get the flux tomorrow, hopefully i will .
Anyone know what ohm to set my multimeter to if i need to check points?
Posted 28 September 2002 - 04:31 AM
Posted 28 September 2002 - 11:23 AM
As I'm sure you've heard, use smaller wire than what Lik-Sang gives you. I would just cut a piece of the smaller wire about 6-8 inches long and then later, after the motherboard is back in the case, you can solder the #9 wire lik-sang gives you to the smaller guage wire you soldered to the #9 pad. That way, you don't have to worry as much about accidentally ripping the pad off while you're trying to get everything crammed back in the case.
In retrospect, I think the best way to do #9 is to flux the pad with a paperclip or something. Cut back the insulation about 1mm from the end of the wire and tin it. Then tape it securely to the motherboard about an inch from the pad. Touch the wire to the pad, and heat(for a second--maybe two). The solder should flow to the fluxed pad. This is where the flux helps. Without it, the solder will not flow to the pad as easily.
The important part is NOT to move the wire at all-- especially after the solder takes hold. That pad is just barely connected to the board. Any movement can break it lose--especially after you've been heating it. If I was doing it again, I would hotmelt glue or superglue the wire to the board to keep it from moving.
This isn't the same spot on the motherboard, but it's a good example of what you want your finished connection to look like:
Posted 28 September 2002 - 05:04 PM
Well the flux didnt arrive today, so Im gonna try it install it anyway, have taken note of whats been said.
Is normal electrical tape alright to tape the wire to the board with? Would it be a good idea to also stick a piece over the #9 once its soldered to help keep it in place? What about a bit on the mod too to help it stay stuck to the board? Or is it not a wise idea? Could the points get hot enough to melt the tape?
Also, for the switch can I use any wire? The smallest I got is single gauge, but the actual wire inside (once you strip back a bit of the insulation) is about as thick as kynar with its insulation. Took thick or will I get away with it? I have kynar (well what I think is kynar, it came with the mod, which I got from psxservices) for #9 though.
Posted 29 September 2002 - 04:11 AM
Thanks for all the help people
having some trouble with the dash though, got evo-x 1.8.2594 workin but when I edit the evox.ini it doesnt seem to do nothin, I deleted evox.ini and rebooted everything seems to work without it? Or aint I used it right?
Posted 29 September 2002 - 08:58 AM
As for flux, for anyone here who is wondering if they need to use it:
If you feel the need to ask, then you definately need it.
I'm not trying to be smart there, but trust me guys, if you're new to this stuff at all (and even if you're not) it can make or break an installation.
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