Wiring Thread

Discussion in 'Modding and Hacking - Consoles and Electronics' started by Nully, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Nully

    Nully Dauntless Member

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    This is my third slim PS2. I'm trying to do the best I can but still falling short of my goals. Definitely making progress though compared to my others I posted. Need to find a video to see how others are doing the straight wire alignment I guess because I can't figure it out lol. I'll have it going good then realize I messed up and now they have to overlap and not wanting to redo the entire thing again.

    Is it just super glue and kynar or are they using flat cable? I tried to use that but it was way too insulated and thick to make any sort of curves with it.

    Do you make house calls Bad_Ad?
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  2. Taijigamer2

    Taijigamer2 Gutsy Member

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    I definitely watch too much electronics porn. Winds the missus right up.

    Looking good @Nully , I would be happy with that. What flux are u using? I find it easier to solder the fine points with high quality flux.
     
  3. Nully

    Nully Dauntless Member

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    I use this, it’s awesome stuff.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RYTD0D4?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
     
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    I rarely use flux. None of the above pictures used it. I occasionally use it on fine pitch ics (tsop 48, etc).

    But otherwise find no real need. The stuff in the solder is enough.
     
  5. nold

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    I use a lot flux, but i solder a lot of REALLY small stuff.. Lot of ppl recommend Kester 951, but i've never used it by my own.
    Personally i like the more viscous stuff like Amtech NC-559. It smells like shit, makes a lot of fumes & dirt but at least it doesn't vanish as fast as the liquid flux.
     
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    I solder plenty of small stuff too, just don't really have the need for it very often. 0201, tqfp stuff etc.

    But it certainly does help if you can't do it without.

    Certainly no harm in using it, wasn't trying to say its not required, just I didn't use on any of the pictures above - so it's possible without it.

    But I'd say my soldering is as good as it is, because I've practiced without. Flux forgives a lot of sins imo.

    Ive used 951, it's OK. But I also prefer amtech
     
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    Flux is a godsend for desoldering or soldering a bunch of tiny IC legs in a swift sweep. But otherwise, and especially for soldering individual wires/few-pads-components one by one, it's not really required if your have good solder with rosin flux.

    Here's my latest small one: using magnet wires to fix lifted legs on a microusb connector.
    It could've been cleaner but it's my own device and I was in a hurry.

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    Kester 951 is a formulation primarily designed for wave soldering. It's intentionally highly volatile with the idea that the residual heat in the board will drive off all the solvents by the time the board comes out of the machine. It doesn't mean you can't use it for manual rework - but if you do you will have to use a lot of it, at which point the "very low solids content" that's one of it's selling points becomes much less useful.
     
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  9. Nully

    Nully Dauntless Member

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    While I agree that it can be seen as a crutch; it makes my life a lot easier and costs nearly nothing when you purchase it in bulk so I overuse it for sure. That $20 bottle will last me a year probably. It evaporates extremely fast, as in 60 seconds tops it seems but it works very well and smells great in that gasoline smells great kind of way lol. It's basically the same stuff in the $10 kester 10ml flux pens on Amazon.

    I have a pound of pine rosin that I usually make my own flux but prefer this as I don't really have to clean it and it's not messy at all.

    Finally got my parts in to do my TRRS Famicom AV mod, SNES mini RGB board and will post pics of that later. Should look nice with this ribbon cable I got.
     
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  10. Taijigamer2

    Taijigamer2 Gutsy Member

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    Maybe I have a lot of sins to hide. Or my flux core solder isn't very good. I use Insat Superflux. It's not as good value as the MG flux but it gives good results.

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    A MM3 install from a few years ago.
     
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    V15 PS2 from this morning, friends service install for a mate so didn't want to spend too much time on it. Cut the blue wires a little short so had to try some alternative routing, not 100% happy but acceptable nonetheless. Worked first try so I closed up before tidying further.
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  12. Nully

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    Looks eerily familiar :rolleyes:

    I like what you did with the via points, I'm going to try this tomorrow.
     
  13. MobCat

    MobCat Test and sort ALL THE THINGS! ^__^/

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    That's a interesting ground point...
     
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    Not quite sure what you mean? I think I soldered to 1 visible via point and a few more underneath the chip itself.

    Why interesting? Seems obvious to me, figured it was close, already exposed, and has mechanical robustness.
     
  15. MobCat

    MobCat Test and sort ALL THE THINGS! ^__^/

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    I allways find peoples ground points interesting, you can use almost anything if you know it connects to ground like i find it wired that people on with ps1 mods always use that ground pad all the way over near the rom drive connector but most of the board is ground so you can run it almost anywhere.
    I think the point i was marking was i wouldn't of used the usb port but hay what ever floats your goat
     
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    But it's not the usb port signals at all. It's just the physical strain relief connections, they happen to be a ground point - just like you said earlier in your post.
     
  17. MobCat

    MobCat Test and sort ALL THE THINGS! ^__^/

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    Yeah the physical strain relief for the usb port so if the user is a bit rough with the usb port (or has kids) and manages to rip the usb port they will take out the mod chip as well. Yeah its not a huge issue but just pointless stuff to think abort :p
     
  18. Nully

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    Well the idea is to keep wires as short as possible and that was the simplest, closest and quickest place to ground the chip without probing anything.
     
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    Well, after doing this for a very long time - what you think is an issue, has never been an issue.
     
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  20. MobCat

    MobCat Test and sort ALL THE THINGS! ^__^/

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    Yeah its only been a issue for me like twice soo yeah..
     

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