limbfilter: Thanks for the advice !
Magitues: I actually hope that they *don't* solder the wires to 9 & 10 on my mod. From what I have heard so far, the wires they supply for 9 & 10 are way too thick ... so I am planning to use some really thin kynar wire-wrap-wire that I have.
In case I get mine soldered already, I'll have to desolder them ... not a huge deal, but still some soldering and hence some risk
Once I get mine (should be sometime next week) I'll take plenty of time and do it really easy. From my research in this board so far, here are the 'unofficial' tips that I have gathered:
1. Do NOT use the wires Lik-Sang supplies for points 9 & 10. Instead use very thin (30 AWG) Kynar type wires for these points
2. Keep the lengths of wire 9 & 10 as small as possible
3. USE FLUX (Radio Shack part# 64-021)
4. Before trying to solder point 9 & 10, align the wire tip on the point and then put some tape to hold the wire securely on the board. This will prevent ripping the solder pad off the board
5. Don't hold the iron to any solder point for more than 2 seconds (count one-onethousand-two-onthousand done). From what I have read so far, the Xbox board is rather flimsy
6. USE FLUX
7. Install the OpenXbox close to the motherboard so that it doesn't touch the metal when the Xbox lid is closed
8. Don't connect the printer port cable to the OpenXbox directly ... instead always use the parallel port extension cable that Lik-Sang provides
9. USE FLUX
10. Cut and fold the 4 unused wires on the rainbow ribbon cable and put insulation tape on the tips
11. Use EvoX 2.4 BIOS
12. Check for 3.3v according to this diagram if there are any problems programming the BIOS
13. Did I mention to use a LOT of Flux
Anything else anyone would like to suggest ? I'll keep on updating this list.