Mar 5 2004, 09:59 PM
I've checked the tutorials and it seems pretty easy. I would get the pinhead solder instead of the wire solder. But, I have shaky hands when it comes to precise procedures. Don't think that they shake like 2 inches (more like a millimeter), but the pinhead soldering seems like it may be too exact.
Should I fork over the money for a solderless chip or trust my hands?
Mar 5 2004, 10:03 PM
It all depends...if you plan on moving your xbox at all, you should prolly go with the solder chip...ive seen a lot of posts on people who have had to re-align a solderless chip every month, some of whom never even moved their xbox...however, i hear ya with the shaky hands
so if your unsure if u can solder, check this out...its prolly the best way to find out if u can and its easy to understand...soldering is easy if u learn the right way Graymark solder practice kit
Mar 5 2004, 10:05 PM
You could rest your wrists on the mobo and that would steady them more. Try practicing on some old electronic board first.
Mar 5 2004, 10:29 PM
Well, I already have a solder kit and I don't want the extra work after a chip goes out of place, so I guess I'll get a chip that you have to solder.
Sorry, one more question: my soldering pen seems thin, but how fine should it be to solder a chip?
Thanks for answering my first question.
Mar 5 2004, 10:42 PM
It should be pretty small. I just have a $10 radio shack one that has a small tip that works though I would like it to be a little smaller. Just go to radio shack or a hardware store or whatever and ask for one tell them you need it for circuit board soldering.
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