I also use conductive paint, you can buy just conductve silver paint and a 4/0 paintbrush for less than £10 And you can do hundreds of tsops with that.
Just clean the board around the tsop ponts 1st.. and you shouldnt be shy with the paint but add it a little bit at a time.
i can do the tsop points in a couple of mins with conductive paint.. 1.0/1.1 And 1.2-1.5 is much faster.
I didnt see much point in doing a tsop for a while till i tried it. But it does make things easier. I much prefer to soft mod 1st then tsop asd i can use hexen disk to flash for me which makes it really easy.
if you are going to be soldering The soldering skills needed for a tsop arent that high but you do need a small tip and some flux. The actual time spent on soldering the points is a little bit longer than painting them, but most of that is wating for the solder to heat up. also you dont want a crasy powerfull soldering iron and its best to get one thats got a grounded tip. so generaly its probably safer to use conductive paint/ink or winodw deforger fixing kit (also conductive ink/paint but generaly more expensive than just the paint alone.
the 2 most importaint things i would remember about tsoping is..
1. Check what tsop you have..
winbond needs a diferent erase method,
Sharp on earlier boards has to have a wire solderd in place
all others are easy to do thanx to hexen expanding the 256k bios if the chip is bigger.
2. if you suspect the hard disk in the xbox is really close to being dead, Its better to change the hard disk 1st even if it means using xboxhdm..
the only bad tsop flash i ever had was on a xbox with a 90% dead hard disk. I decided to risk it and the flashing stoped at about 85% and just stayed there "after erasing" I can only blame that on the hard disk where the bios file was, So its better safe than sorry.
This post has been edited by shambles1980: Oct 29 2011, 02:30 PM