D2CKey Soldering

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Jun 1, 2008

D2CKey Soldering by FunFan at 1:11 AM (1,895 Views / 0 Likes) 12 replies

  1. FunFan
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    Thursday I ordered a D2CKey, Tri-Wing Screwdriver, and FlexPCB in hopes of modding my D2C Wii.
    I want to make sure I have everything right when I attempt to mod it.
    I can't solder exetremely well, but i've followed tutorials to put LED's in things, but thats about it..

    Here are the materials I have for modding:
    15-Watt Soldering Iron with Grounded Tip r
    50-Ft. Blue Insulated Wrapping Wire (30AWG) (Got it just incase, even though I ordered the FlexPCB)
    1.5oz Standard 60/40 Rosin Core Solder with .050" Diameter

    What other things should I get to install it?

    Also, what would be some good things to practice on, like soldering wires to some old computer equipment?

    Any other tips you can give me would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
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    uhm you do know that some of the soldering points are in area smaller than a nickel? and that most of them are super close together...
     
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    d2ckey is extremely hard to install, even with the flexpcb.

    the most important part is that your soldering iron is not over 15W. otherwise you will burn the wii dvd board and/or the flexpcb.
     
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    You will also want to get a flux pen, a desoldering braid, a sponge, and a continuity tester or multimeter capable of continuity testing.

    The soldering iron you use is a very crucial part. Even the most experienced solderer will have problems if the iron is crap. So hopefully the one you have is fine enough. Also having a precision tip on it helps immensely, especially when dealing with multiple wires next to each other.

    For practice you should solder on whatever spare board you can find with the chip with the smallest pins you can find. Clean the pins with a qtip dipped in alcohol and mark the pins you are aiming for (not necessary for the flexpcb install but should you have to revert to the wire install it will help). This will help you a LOT as your eyes can go blurry easily when looking at all the pins so close together. A fine tipped felt marker is good for this job. Then flux the pins with the pen (don't worry about getting flux on other pins since only the heated pin will bind with the solder). Clean your iron every now and then as needed -- when it loses the shine on the tip. To do this wipe it on the sponge and then apply a thin coat of solder to the tip. Solder without a rosin core is better for this since there won't be any rosin to burn but you can use rosin core if that's all you have. Tin the wire you are going to attach to the pin with a thin layer of solder -- not a blob! Also tinning the pin on the chip helps a lot but it can be difficult to do properly if you don't have extremely fine solder. Then put the wire in place, steady your hand, and heat the pin and the wire at the same time to (hopefully) bond them together for good. Keep the wire in place for a couple of seconds until the solder is totally solidified so you don't make a cold solder joint! Then give the wire a little tug to make sure it is solid. If it comes loose then you might want to clean up any excess solder still left on the pin if it looks dull; retin the wire and try again. When you think you have a good connection then do a continuity test on the pin and the other end of the wire. Then check for continuity on the pins on either side and the end of the wire (getting continuity would be bad here). If you have bridged pins then the first thing to do is not freak out. Freaking out can make things get very bad very fast. Just get out your desoldering braid and clean up the pins. Then test the continuity of the pins and make sure the bridge is gone. Then try to solder the wire again. You should mess up your test subject (spare board) on purpose by bridging some pins together and unbridging them. It will boost your confidence in being able to correct an error if it should arise during the install and let you know that you aren't totally screwed should you bridge some pins together.

    That's about all I can think of. Good luck on the install
     
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    Thanks, that really helps [​IMG].
    I'll stop by RadioShack later today to get some of the things you mentioned.
    Hopefully the package will come today, i'm anxious to install it [​IMG].

    Edit:
    Went to RadioShack, got the following items:

    Tip Tinner/Cleaner Compound (0.5 Oz.)
    2 oz. Non-Spill Rosin Soldering Paste Flux
    Desoldering Braid
    Soldering Iron Holder and Cleaner
    Wire-Wrapping Tool
     
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    dont even attempt it by the sounds of things you aint got a clue about soldering, if you did youd automatically know what is needed.

    only attempt if your other job is a rocket scientist, brain surgeon or any other form of surgeon

    you are dealing with soldering legs as small as 0.5mm and no more then 0.2mm apart

    gaz
     
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    Should of listened to you, attempted to do it and failed, now I need a new Wii drive [​IMG]
     
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    What exactly is messed up? You may be able to undo the damage.
     
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    I broke the brown clip thing on the Drive for one of the cables, damaged it even more by trying to shove it in.
    I got the D2Ckey onto the FlexPCB easily, I was suprised that I could do that.

    Anyway I bridged one of the legs on the IC, kept trying to get the solder off, and bent the IC legs in the process (I think so, they look bent) Still didn't get the solder off
     
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    I suggest to not 'try' further on your wii, better take it to someone who knows what they're doing.

    the state your wii is in now is fixable, but it will take some time, especially to replace the clip you broke off.
     

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