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Old December 15, 2008, 10:43 AM
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I've got about 1000hrs into this now by my best estimates, at about $13/hr.


I'm out of desoldering braid, so I'll have to run out and get some more in a bit here.


I've made the necessary cuts to the motherboard tray.

Perhaps some of you will remember this illustration:



The cuts correspond with this plan.
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Old December 15, 2008, 05:05 PM
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I wanted to be done by now... but...

I love my Weller WES51 iron, It's a great unit but it's not getting hot enough. In fact none of my irons are working for me... even the massively overpowered 260WATT Weller D550, and the 40WATT Weller SP40LK.

Do motherboards use some kind of super high temp solder or something?

None of my irons get hot enough to make it properly workable, it just refuses to melt like one would expect it to. Pumps, and braid have very little effect. I've removed about %90 of the solder material from each joint but that last %10 wont budge, it wont even melt and I'm not buying a $600 hot air desoldering station - yet.

I've even tried using my solder to heat the factory solder... no dice.

This is the first time I've ever had this much trouble desoldering - figures this happens to me on the first thing that I'd genuinely prefer not to destroy. haha



Methinks I'll have to use a torch, but first I'm going to see if any of my contacts have any heat flow gear I could borrow.
I seem to recall a buddy of mine having a full blown turbine desoldering station.

I assumed it was wave soldered but I didn't think that they used kryptonite to do it.

I just plugged in my clothes iron and my IR thermometer says it's considerably colder than any of my soldering irons... so there goes that idea.

I think the only way I'm going to get this thing off is to use a soldering torch or a concentrated flow from my heatgun. I'm pretty sure both of these methods are quite likely to destroy the board though. If that's the case then when I get a replacement mobo I'll leave the connectors in place and just solder the wires to the bottom of the pins.



I'm going to wait and see if anyone has any suggestions for me, I've posted this dilemma on about a 12 forums... I guess this will have to wait until tomorrow to see what my fellow geeks have to say.

Pain in the ass.

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Old December 16, 2008, 10:09 PM
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I went to Lee Valley Tools today.
Among other things I got this.

A 10LB BOX OF SAND PAPER FOR $15.00CAD!



Everything from 20gritt to 2000gritt.
Quite the amazing deal.

The soldering torch set I got today is much like this one.
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Old December 17, 2008, 05:16 AM
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Nice that's alot of sandpaper dude lol.

That torch kit is badass to!
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Old December 17, 2008, 04:59 PM
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Lookey what came in the mail today:




The rest of my 64GB G.Skill SSDs
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Old December 17, 2008, 06:01 PM
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What is that one port on the side there? Is that miniUSB?
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Old December 17, 2008, 06:09 PM
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Yes it is, these babies can be used as external USB drives as well.
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Old December 18, 2008, 09:19 AM
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Another delivery.


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Old December 18, 2008, 02:44 PM
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Those Solid state drives must of cost yea a fortune.
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Old December 18, 2008, 02:46 PM
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I like the fact the SSD's have the USB port. Thats a fantastic idea. Wonder why no one thought of that earlier.
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