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Zeromisery

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Plus any tips on how to keep getting those better looking, more spherical and clean looking solders.
I'm just practising on a dead MoBo to get the technique down at the moment. I only have a static 40w soldering iron but it seems to be just a little bit too hot?
Not sure, maybe people get good results at 40w? This ismy first attempt, i know they're ugly as hell but they're my jump off point, can only get better from here!

Once I've mastered (well, gotten good enough) at prepping the site on the board I'll move on to wiring.

images are too large to import so I've linked them below

i applied solder to all of J4D1, J3C1 and some of the 10 points between them
http://i.imgur.com/PMuY4DF.jpg

I applied to all of J1G3 & J3G1
how do i avoid getting large pointy peaks like on J3G1? (or does it even matter?)
http://i.imgur.com/A15otEU.jpg
http://imgur.com/a/7hYEI - directly over the same points

at J2C1 I only soldered the 3 points furthest to the right. This box had already had an attempt at J-Tagging by the looks of it.
There were wires and glue but no chip
looks to me like the soldering iron was too hot and I didn't apply heat to the point for long enough?
http://imgur.com/a/7hYEI

all tips/constructive criticism greatly appreciated
 

Taijigamer2

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Well done for having the foresight to practice on a dead board first, most people just jump in gung-ho and then wonder why their box blows up. Your iron is probably a little too hot for installing modchips. A variable temp, ESD protected iron with a selection of tips is ideal. I get by with a 15w iron with fine point tip. The solder u want to be using is 60/40 rosin core tin solder (0.5 - 1.0 mm) and use decent flux (i use insat superflux, king bo is another good choice.) this gives u nice uniform spherical joins, I cant stress how much this stuff makes life easier. I suggest looking at youtube vids on smd soldering, theres some good ones out there. Good luck with your mods.
 
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Zeromisery

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great advice, just saved me a lot of hassle in the future i think!
I'll have to order up another soldering iron, i didnt really know what i was looking for when i ordered it and wasnt a regular on the TX forum at the time

I've added wiring (made for older coolrunner chips, from and old/dead box) and attached them. (pic links below)
I think with the right temp, core, some flux and one more dead board to practice on I think I'll be good to go!

Off to order the right flux/soldering iron

could have used more tinning on the wires I think
http://i.imgur.com/bUk3f8o.jpg

quite proud of these for a first attemp with basic soldering resources
http://i.imgur.com/QbXE4qM.jpg
http://imgur.com/a/AQ4kY (side angle)
 

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You will find it easier with the right solder and (good) flux. That's a lot of solder. If u are only doing the odd install and mod then that's a lot more solder than what u need. I just buy a metre or 2 at a time from eBay for £1-2. Save u'r money and get some good quality flux.
 

Zeromisery

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thanks - I've gone with a 30w and ordered up some 60/40 core and the flux you suggested.
All i need now is a for them to arrive, a little more practice and the CR4 Phat install bundle to come back into stock at http://www.ck3.co.uk/ and I'm good to go i think.
 

Taijigamer2

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Also get some isopropyl alcohol to clean the flux off the points when u've finished soldering. Good luck, keep on soldering.
 

15432

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I'm not modder, but I like to solder, so I know a bit about that :cool2:

NC-559
flux is pretty good and cheap, I very like it. Also I use this core, tweezers and cleaner (yay, my favorite flashlights shop)

but the most important thing is powerful (60W or more!) soldering iron with temperature regulator
You got that 'peak' because of lack of power and flux. You won't be able to melt lead-free xbox soldering with weak iron, but with powerful iron w/o regulator you'll just burn points.

The most cheap iron I found is this (lol, I do really like china shops). But if you want to be awesome, start with this or even this (I have something like that, kada 852d+)
(not sure what AC you have, I use 220v equipment)
 
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nightmare0

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Sorry for hijacking thread. But 15432 do you have any experiences with this soldering station you posted?
Here in Slovakia is some reseller selling exactly same solder station you posted, but different brand W.E.P
couldn't find anything about that, just found this on Amazon. Again different brand
http://www.amazon.com/Kendal-REWORK-SOLDERING-IRON-STATION/dp/B004ZB9D4O

I am looking for good replacement. Good, but not professional and expensive.
 

15432

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nightmare0, My station is KADA 852D+FAN, it has no internal air compressor, so your one should be more quiet and reliable. I bought it here for about 75$ (new). The station is really good, but it's not enough for reball/reflow (you need the additional bottom heater).