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Soldering Practice?!?

Discussion in 'PS2 - Hardware boot discussion' started by bobkknd, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. bobkknd

    bobkknd Member

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    Heh, anyone know a good way to practice? i have never used a soldering iron with so few volts. and any tips for soldering?

    O yeah does anyone have a matrix infinity or hate the matrix infinity?
     
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    The best way to practise it by getting an old computer motherboard and soldering 30 guage wires to the small chip legs and other tiny parts. As for the matrix infinity, its one of the best chips in my opinion.
     
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  3. superstui

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    bob just a little advice...

    don't try and solder your own PS2
    i fried mine trying to do it.
    i didn't even connect any points and i just looked at it and freaked. those pins to solder are so freaking small you wouldn't belive it.
     
  4. bboy_flex

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    Only solder to your own ps2 if you feel comfortable. I soldered my own ps2 and everything worked out great. Just remember to practise, use a 15w soldering iron, use 30 guage wire, use flux, and use a very small iron tip (0.1mm)
     
  5. superstui

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    dude it's really hard. infact i still have my PS2. It powers up and ejects and closes but it doesn't read the disks. i figure i might get like 5$ on Ebay.
     
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    I'll give you $5.
     
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    If it ejects and powers up then it probably still works. There is most likely a bridge somewhere and left-over solder. Have you taken the chip out?
     
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    well it's a version 9 model number is 50001.
    i didn't even take the chip out of the package. I just tried to get the wire on the motherboard at first and then connect the wire to the chip later.

    i got so frustrated with it that i just tried to cut my losses and just say "ok a chip isn't gonna work at least i still can play my PS2" but i can't even without the chip...

    i though that it might have been a bridge but i checked all around and saw nothing...

    could static have done it?
     
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    Firstly, remove all the wires from your motherboard. Then get some de-solder braid and clean up everywhere where there were wires soldered onto the motherboard. What error messege do you get when trying to play a game or does your console just freeze up?
     
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    dude my PS2 won't even begin to spin the CD. the fan works and lights and eject and stuff but the cd will never even be read.

    could static have done it?
     
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    Ive had exact the same, just checked all the connections and removed solder, works fine now. Where it you solder points b,g,i?
     
  12. bobkknd

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    Thanks for all the replies. I have soldered before and i did some messing around with an old video card. any tips though? i know like using a razor blade is a good way to get the solder to stay to one pin and not to use the iron on the board for more than 2 seconds. 2 Q's though:

    1) The iron gets hotter and hotter as i leave it on. How long should i leave it on before using it with the board? If i leave it on too long will it build up so much heat it will burn the board?

    2) Where can i buy the 30 gauge wire? I went to radio shack and was nto to certain what i needed. The directions on what to buy were in european measurments though, so i am not sure i have the right solder, or wires. Adn i coudl not find the flux :(

    (basicaly i need tips on supplies) :)
     
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    bigmac what would you do with my PS2?
     
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    I have the Matrix Infinity, it works great and I love it! I was such an idiot when I was installing it, I got some solder on a capacitor so I tried to take it off with a precision screwdriver, and the capacitor broke right off the board. This caused me a LOT of problems, but I got some advice from people from afterdawn and i got the exact values(to replace it)by emailing the matrix team. So anyways yeah I learned my lesson and now i'm extra careful.


    1) I just use it when its hot enough to melt solder instantly. Waiting a little bit longer before using it won't hurt.

    2) Although I'm not a big fan of RadioShack(prices are too high, quality not very good), It was the only place I could find 30gague wire. It should be there... For the solder, I would just use the thinnest gague I could find. As for the flux, just look for a local electronics store if you can find one. I live in Vancouver, BC Canada, and stores that carry electrical components aren't very common around here.

    Good luck!

    Merry Christmas!
     
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    good luck soldering

    Merry Christmas all
     

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