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    Unhappy Newbie here with an even newbier job done on wiikey2 install (pic inside)

    Well I've been reading up on everything I could on this site for several days, managed to pull of the twilight hack/ downgrade no problem, but right off the bat messed up the soldering job with my wiikey2, then trying to repair the mistake led to even bigger disasters.

    basically as you can see, i've bent and managed to pull off some pins and solder pads. I already ordered another d2c drive but i'm wondering if there's any hope to salvage this drive?

    I thought I was good with soldering but never did anything with parts this tiny. i'm just going to practice on this board at least until the replacement arrives. Any links to micro soldering 101?
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    here's a pic of the train wreck:






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    reported it to the big boys =x just got to hope he comes down with his advice

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    looks to me like pin2 dont have any connection to a via, and pin3 leads to a via, just use a short jumper to the via, youll have to scratch away the epoxy covering on the board to tin the via to get a jumper on it. i would also clean the area up with acetone or alchohol and a toothbrush gently, to get a better view. to me in the pic, it dont look like pin2 (relative pin numbers right to left likely really pins 52 and 53) goes to anything, the only real way to know, is to pop the board off and see if theres a via going thru to the other side or not, if so use a meter to find were it jumps to, and jumper it, if its just a landing pad, then you can wire direct to the pin, pin3 can be jumped to the via it clearly went to,
    this is all by looking at your pics, as i havnt had a chance to open any of my wii's yet, BUT i have signifigantly advanaced soldering skills and do modifications of other "questionable" types of consumer electronics for viewing pleasures, i have repaired tons of boards with missing pads, 0.4mm diameter by 1mm pitch BGA64 type repairs were people try to remove/replace a BGA chip and end up pulling pads and traces completly off. hence my nickname
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    *UPDATE*

    thanks for the help, and happy new years everyone! I basically thought this was a hopeless cause since the drive no longer worked at all but I kept playing around with it. I managed to do some more damage by destroying the leg on #4 from the left and then i managed to bend up #2 and #3 and eventually they snapped off. So I ended up being able to bridge #4 successfully and i soldered a wire between the spot where #3 leg used to be and the point you see on the board. Voila! its working perfectly again.

    So the good news is, i've got a working wii until the new drive arrives, but i think i'll leave the wiikey2 until I get the new drive. Anyone want this one when its all done?






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    Send it to me so I can solder my Wiikey clones to it and flash them lololol

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    i take it from you partner

    thanks...no serious I hope you get it going...I am bad @soldring too ...I feel your pain mun

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    Well I just need an extra drive so work with. More like an extra Wii, in my Wii I have a clip d2pro, I have a batch on Wiikey clones I need to flash though. xD

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