tj!2k4, which model do you have?
Yea, I have one of those crap jobs from Ratshack. The tip isn't very thin and it's friggin hard to solder with it on small areas..
just make sure you use a very fine tip and have a good soldering iron, as well as the proper solder for the job.
Seriously, i was messing around with one of those rs soldering iron jobbies and ripping my hair out everytime i had to solder something. then a coworker of mine turned me onto one of those portable butane soldering irons w/ changeable tips.. They are well worth it.
Weller Portasol irons
Weller Portasol tips
So if i am reading the earlier posts correctly, you can communicate to the XM with the serial port?
I'm writing my whole frontend in VB and would be really impressed if i could integrate and write my own 'XM reciever'
Does anyone know where I can find more information about what sort of codes you can send/recieve or other general info about the software side of this?
So I'm totally stupid and didn't think of this.. I got my XMD1000 yesterday and see that it has RCA outs on it.. How does everyone hook this up? RCA's to Stereo mini jack to soundcard?
yup, thats how I have mine setup
Sorry, didn't see your post til now.Originally Posted by tbird2340
I have the P2KC kit.
If you look at that soldering iron, you grip it fairly close to the tip. This is something we're more accustomed to from writing, so it is more natural and decreases the shake factor. Also because it's cordless, you don't have the weight/tension/resistance of the cord messing with you while you're trying to get the job done. The flame/heat is adjustable at the back of the iron, and they are now self-igniting.
It comes with a couple of tips, (PPT6, PPT10, PPT12, PPT13), but it doesn't come with the fine tip, so I would recommend getting a fine tip such as the PPT1 or PPT5.
the difference between the mic and the line-in is that the soundcard amplifies the mic port, whereas it does not amplify the line-in.Originally Posted by jcdillin
most have 3 plugs: a green one for the speakers, a pink one for the mic, and a blue one for line-in.