Nintendo switch OLED alt point for modchip install

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Thanks for making a separate post for this. I have my OLED ready and waiting for my Core chip to arrive. That C point is crazy.

I feel like it would be easy to remove (heat gun then thin knife to pry up) but putting it back on would be a major pain. Edit: Just YouTube'd how to reball an EMMC without a stencil, wow...tedious. I don't have a heat flow tool that skinny, and those probably aren't cheap...

Hopefully someone finds an alternate point...
 
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Really interesting. But C point is not feasible without really good soldering skills in my opinion.
I assume for SX Core this would be the same?
 
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I bit the bullet and pulled EMMC and searched for alt points.....lets just say I hope someone finds something I missed because I'm almost certain I tested every exposed point I could... even points that were not exposed. I made a video regarding it if anyone wants to see.
very informative video.. this should clearly illustrate the scope of difficulty and required expertise for this procedure. I had a feeling that nintendo intentionally obfuscated or did not include a test point for dat0 as a sort of physical safeguard against these installs, since they did not patch the actual vulnerability, and your work here certainly supports that theory. I would have been looking for it myself if I had gotten my hands on a console, but I'm sure everyone will appreciate you taking the time to check for it, and presenting your findings here :)
 

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I bit the bullet and pulled EMMC and searched for alt points.....lets just say I hope someone finds something I missed because I'm almost certain I tested every exposed point I could... even points that were not exposed. I made a video regarding it if anyone wants to see.
Great video. Thanks. BGA 153 stencil has been ordered :)
I ordered a chip and a bunch of soldering stuff, so I'm pot committed now, LOL.
 

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for those using the lite chips.... here is 1.8v! right next to the power/volume connector.
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I bit the bullet and pulled EMMC and searched for alt points.....lets just say I hope someone finds something I missed because I'm almost certain I tested every exposed point I could... even points that were not exposed. I made a video regarding it if anyone wants to see.
Have you tried wrapping aluminium foil on your fingers to trace.

Worth a shot since you already have it exposed.
 

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Is it better to have the sx lite? I already own an sx core, keeping it for this purpose, but I read online on the comments in the original YouTube video that it is a hit and miss, that dat0 needs to be removed in order to run OFW? Will installing a switch be a solution? Or is the sx lite a better solution? Anyone can give your comments on it?
 

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I bit the bullet and pulled EMMC and searched for alt points.....lets just say I hope someone finds something I missed because I'm almost certain I tested every exposed point I could... even points that were not exposed. I made a video regarding it if anyone wants to see.
I got one a few days ago.
 
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Hello guys! I'm a homebrewyoutuber and would love to make a video about how to install the modchip on the oled switch im right now informing myself really hard since it really is not easy it seems!

So i still would love to try it even the risk is big.

I saw that I need wires for the emmc, but what wures would you recommend to me and where should i get them?

Thanks for every answer!
 

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Hello guys! I'm a homebrewyoutuber and would love to make a video about how to install the modchip on the oled switch im right now informing myself really hard since it really is not easy it seems!

So i still would love to try it even the risk is big.

I saw that I need wires for the emmc, but what wures would you recommend to me and where should i get them?

Thanks for every answer!
Jumper wire. 0.1 or 0.2mm I believe
 
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Hello guys! I'm a homebrewyoutuber and would love to make a video about how to install the modchip on the oled switch im right now informing myself really hard since it really is not easy it seems!

So i still would love to try it even the risk is big.

I saw that I need wires for the emmc, but what wures would you recommend to me and where should i get them?

Thanks for every answer!
Just small enameled wire. I have 0,15mm enameled copper wire i use for everything. Small enough for any IC legs.
I think other name for that is magnet wire, as for electromagnetic coils(motors)
 
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Just small enameled wire. I have 0,15mm enameled copper wire i use for everything. Small enough for any IC legs.
I think other name for that is magnet wire, as for electromagnetic coils(motors)
Aight, thank you! For my soldering iron, i think i need a very small/tiny top, to only soldering one point of the emmc, how can i search that or what is the soldering iron called which i need to use?
 
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Aight, thank you! For my soldering iron, i think i need a very small/tiny top, to only soldering one point of the emmc, how can i search that or what is the soldering iron called which i need to use?
You'll need a hot-air rework station. You might also need a digital microscope and some other helping tools to get it done properly.

I've had board repair experience but that was years ago (no BGAs). I could pay someone to do it for me or I can buy the tools needed and learn new skills.
 
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You'll need a hot-air rework station. You might also need a digital microscope and some other helping tools to get it done properly.

I've had board repair experience but that was years ago (no BGAs). I could pay someone to do it for me or I can buy the tools needed and learn new skills.
What's the advantage of the hot-air rework station over a small tipped adjustable hot-air blower?
 

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What's the advantage of the hot-air rework station over a small tipped adjustable hot-air blower?
You nees to heat the bottom side/bigger area of the PCB too, because the ground pads are absorbing so much heat. That's the main reason it's so hard to remove chips with just a blower. And also there is risk of PCB warping.
 
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