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Am i ready to solder yet?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by pat881, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. pat881

    pat881 Member

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    i've been practicing on an old motherboard till my wii and wiikey come in the mail. how does it look? how is the size of these points compaired to the wii drive and wiikey? i didn't use any flux, is flux something i should use and need to get?

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  2. pat881

    pat881 Member

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    what i used....

    15 watt soldering iron
    .022 solder
    30 gauge solid conductor wire(all i have right now)

    can i use solid wire or should i use 30 AWG?
    what does AWG stand for?
     
  3. liquidsli

    liquidsli Regular member

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    If I was you I would practice a little more, but when you do be sure to practice on points that are side by side to get the feel. That's the only hard part on the Wii is that all 4 points are right next to each other.

    As far as size, the Wii points are probably a little smaller and the points on the Wii will not have those hard dots in the middle of the points so they are a lot easier to break off. Just practice more until you feel completely comfortable.

    Just get some solder that already has flux in it.
    And be sure to use light wire because heavy wire will weigh down and have a chance of breaking one of the points off the board.

    *It's better to waste a few hours practicing than to get impatient and screw your Wii up.

    If you need any help, let me know.

    Later.
     
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  4. pat881

    pat881 Member

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    thanks for you help liquidsli.

    how's this...

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    these were the smallest points i could find on this board that didnt have wire pointing thru the middle. the 4 on the left are pretty small, any smaller i don't think i would have been able to do them (that's .022 solder on the left). this took me about 5 min and i now have the confidence to perform the mod, when my wii gets here :)

    wish me luck!
     
  5. Oner

    Oner Moderator Staff Member

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    Try "tinning" the wires with solder first then use less solder on the spots themselves. So that when you go to put the wire on the correct spot you can basically solder the wire to the solder already on the board and you wont have a "BB" sized ball; and it will be easier to "melt" them together. Hope that is clear/helps, but all in all you are on the right track!
     
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    Try using a smaller amount of solder. Other than that it looks pretty good.
     
  7. pat881

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    recieved my wiikey today(in 2 days - modchipstore.com) and soldered the wires to it. everything looks good considering it is my first mod of any kind ever. now i just have to wait for my wii to come in the mail to finish. let me know what you think....

    [​IMG]

    any noobs out there thinking of doing this its really not that hard, just take your time.
     
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    Looks good for your first ever mod. Lets see how you do when your operating on your wii ;)
     
  9. liquidsli

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    Yep, looks good. Just be sure to stay steady on your Wii.

    Enjoy.
     
  10. pat881

    pat881 Member

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    that's what i'm afraid of. i had to take a couple deep breaths to stop shaking
     
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    Looking pretty good...

    So when is your Wii coming in?
     
  12. pat881

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    hopefully today or tomorrow. i ordered a used one off ebay cause i was tired of searching ebgames, target, etc... for the past month or so and finding the wii shelves empty everytime. i have 4 iso's so far and 2 more downloading. the only thing i need after i get my wii is an HDTV or maybe a projector with aleast 480p.
     
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    i just got my Wiikey last night, but I'm a little apprehensive about the install. I think I'm going to invite a few friends over and just take stabs at practicing for a while :/
     
  14. liquidsli

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    Well, good luck with it. Hope all goes well.
     

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