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    Just Getting Started

    Hey guys I am new to these forums as I have been posting on Wiinews ;(. I am just going out this weekend to buy some stuff and start practicing soldering. I have done quite a bit of research about chips and soldering but I can't find a list of materials I will need.

    Can someone forward a good post on what type of solder/wire etc... I will need to start up. I know there is one out there (was at wiinews) so please forward me there first or email me a detailed list.

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    Do you know which drive / drive controller you'll be modifying? If it's a D2A / DMS / D2B / D2C / D2C2 / D2E, just use the WiiClip. It's so much easier than trying to solder.

    The points you're tring to solder to are so small.

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    I don't want to use a clip I want to solder them in. With practice I know it won't be hard. I wouldn't trust the clip if I am selling mods to people as it would end up being a pain in my ass.

    I know i need a 15w iron and 30g kynar wire so far

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    once the clip is in I don't really see how it comes lose. I just installed mine today. once it's in place it appears to pretty much be sandwiched between the drive and the board. I don't see it coming lose very easily

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    Soldering is definitely the way to go when installing a mod chip. You're bound to have much less or no problems at all with a soldered chip VS a clip. Seems a vast majority of people who have issues with their mod chip installs used a clip.

    That said, I actually prefer to use a 25-watt iron, because when I tried using my 15-watt iron, it took too long to heat up the contact points and made the job a lot longer than it should have otherwise been. When I switched to my 25-watt iron it went much faster, and I got much better solder joints. If you're careful I would actually recommend a 25-watt iron. Just don't hold the iron against any contact points for very long so you don't overheat anything. That shouldn't be an issue though, since the solder flows almost immediately with a 25-watt iron.

    I also went to my local crafts store and purchased some 3M clear double sided sticky mounting squares to affix the chip to the drive PCB. That way it doesn't get jostled around after it's installed, and it makes the install much easier if you attach the chip in place prior to soldering. I also covered the top of the chip with a couple strips of black electrical tape to protect the components of the chip itself and cover the solder pads.

    Other than that, all you need is a couple small screwdrivers (including a tri-wing) to take the Wii apart and you should be good to go.

    P.S. If you want some tips for soldering the harder contact points, such as the IC legs, feel free to PM me. I've done a lot of soldering on many video game systems and had plenty of practice with what works best under certain circumstances.
    Last edited by Good_Ash; 12-12-2008 at 11:46 PM.
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