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Wiikey soldering is not easy

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii / Wii U' started by Verile, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Verile

    Verile Member

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    The pictures make everything look so big but, oh man, when you open that monster up...

    This is what i get for believing the advertising; hardly a task for amateurs.

    I can't get the solder to stick well and it always comes out in big globules, melting together into the neighboring connections. I'm assuming that's a real problem. Would getting flux help even a noobie solderer to string more compliant solder?
     
  2. wiimii

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    Yes , flux can deffinately help i modded my wiikey d2b with cut legs first mod ever with wiikey, i did practise alot though ,

    if you think them points are small try soldering to the tiny ic legs , i have an argon to install for a friend, but i have also practised on an old motherboard ic (very tiny),

    its supprising how far a newbie can get with patience and practise. :D

    Few Tips : Flux all points genorously but not too much as to flow on toother points.

    you only need to dab a tiny amount of solder on the points via the iron as the contacts have plenty of solder there allready
     
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  3. Verile

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    Well, I got it on and put the wii back together. I'm actually surprised it still works, despite my abuse. Must be made of tough stuff.

    I must have did the wiikey wrong though. Oh well, nothing to do but try again until it can't take any more.
     
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    Amazing. 9 hours of effort later and it works. Of course, I bust a nut putting it back together and must've tightened too much because now the DVD won't read or eject. >_<

    It's certainly not easy by any means but it was just accomplished (kind of) by a guy who didn't even know what soldering was till about a week ago. If you have any confidence at all, wiikey is the way to go.
     
  5. Disastorm

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    ya man, same with me. The wiikey was my first ever soldering, and I didn't know anything about soldering. Got my wiikey, read stuff about soldering, bought my equipment and had it all up in running in like 2 hours.

    I bet the pros can do the whole thing in less than 15 minutes.
     
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  6. thor77777

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    My first mod took me 2-3 hours. I had previously modded couple PS2's so I had some soldering experience. Preparation actually helps ALOT like using flux (on both the wires and the board) and pre-tinning (coating the surface with a small amount of solder) the wires and the contacts on the Wii. Then all you need to do is to heat the wire for about a second or 2 with the gun and while the wire is touching the solder point and it would make a solid connection. Now it takes me about 30 minutes to do one.
     
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    also get some desoldering braid. It works wonders on removing excess solder.
     

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