Wiis with solder point missing ever found?

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Apr 14, 2007
  1. Louse76
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    There were those pics that came out showing that Nintendo was removing one of the points so we would have to solder directly to the chip not too long ago.

    Has anyone run across any of them in a real life? I ask because I am offering my soldering skills to some people and don't want to end up with one of those, as I can't guarantee much with those...
     
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    If you have any sort of real solder skills, you should have absolutely no problem soldering the one wire to the leg of the IC chip....
     
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    prob no longer needed so removed or perhaps it was moved but 1 wire is no big deal i think. kinda like modding a ps2 but just 1 wire heh. mod a few ps2 slims, you'll feel confident at soldering to chip leg and find it way easier, also you'll no longer want to mod a ps2 after a few. ps2 makes my eye strain like crazy, not to mention counting pads or pins with my tweezers...
     
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    I've soldered to things smaller before without a problem. My issue, as I said, was that I cannot give guarantees, as I do not have the info on which chip leg, etc yet.

    So has anyone seen new Wiis without this soldering point? I just want to know what to expect. Maybe it was all a hoax?
     
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    if the chip wasnt changed it should goto the same leg the old lead used to go
     
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    Bingo. Bottom line is that you shouldn't offer modding services if you don't feel you have the skills to do the job (or have the ability to replace a console if you break it!)
     
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    No shit. You have missed my point.

    I can't guarantee because I am uneducated about the specifics (as which leg, etc).

    What you are saying is the equivalent of "you shouldn't offer to fix hondas if you can't fix toyotas too!" They're slightly different.

    Anyhow, now that I've looked at some of my pics and see the size of the area to solder for the leg, I really don't think it would be a problem.

    Back to my first damn question, if any of you fuckers would focus on that...

    HAVE ANY OF THESE WIIs SURFACED YET? Especially in the US?
     
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    I've installed chips in the US on four consoles purchased after April 1 and none of them are a new board revision. All were D2B chipsets.

    If all else fails just install a WiiFree instead of Wiikey, as only the WiiKey is affected by any of the images we have seen. But like I said, I don't think these are stateside yet - if they will ever be. I have a feeling that these were all NTSC-J or something consoles, so the -U consoles don't have the change.
     
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    IF you come across one of these boards, it's no biggie really. You just solder one wire straight to the DVD controller. It's no big deal at all, guarantees should not be affected in any way.
     
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    Thanks for addressing the real question guys! [​IMG]
     
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    Here you go, I found this on the WiiNewz forum.

    [​IMG]

    Hopefully that shows up for everyone. It's in this post:
    http://psx-scene.com/forums/wiifree-develo...otherboard.html

    Even if that's wrong the point remains the same. The pin on the chip hasn't changed, so just find a picture with the install point you would have used and follow the trace in that image to the chip. Use that pin in the new board layout. But like I said before, you probably won't have to worry about it.
     
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    i unfortunatly ripped on of the contacts off the wii dvd drive board and had to locate where it was conencted to. i had to carefully soldier it onto the ic leg. was worried i mite over heat it. i made sure i used the lowest wat iron i could get (12w)
     
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    I must say this thread has a certain entertaining quality... has anybody read Terry Pratchet and know the city Ankh-Morpork? [​IMG] @ Louse76: You sure you don't want to be talking about soldering small things instead? Really, really sure? At least that's what everybody else wants to talk about. [​IMG]
     
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    It's better to use more heat and get the job done instead of prolonging contact with the chip.
    A quick burst of heat, like say the wave soldering machine they use to make these things, will mostly dissapate within the plastic of the package.
    If you heat a leg for ages trying to get your solder hot enough to bond chances are the heat will build up and follow the leg into the die of the chip. If it doesn't work off the bat, wait and let it cool, don't just keep prodding it with the iron.

    That said I had the exhaust of a gas soldering iron grilling one of my chips with out me noticing and it works fine. [​IMG]
     

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