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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    Let me also tell you what doesn't work for soldering... those pile of crap cold heat soldering irons. Jeeze those are the biggest piles of junk!

    I bought 2 before I figured that out.
    That and they destroy sensitive ICs because they spark at the tip sometimes.
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    I used to have one. The one I was using was this one: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062750 except my iron is a 20W or something. It's not a 15W for sure, but I don't think it's a 30W either...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Use a better fine tipped soldering iron, like a 15W from radioshack. You should be able to solder them back on. Make sure they are in the right spot as resistors and capacitors both come in 0402 or 0608 packages.
    I agree.......... fine tip is way easier to work with. I use to have a big one, which i used to try to solder the TMPS chip when I built mine. It was all f*#ked up by the time I was done. I then bought the thin tipped, with thin solder and its like a dream come true. My USB toggle project was so easy to solder because of the thin tip.

    PS: My iron is a 40W, but thin tipped. Alot of irons have replacable heads, so if its to thick, maybe it can be swapped out.
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    Ya. I ran to RadioShack and got a fine tip for my soldering iron. I can see how it makes things a little easier. Now if only I had gotten a variable soldering iron...
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeflashstuff View Post
    Ya. I ran to RadioShack and got a fine tip for my soldering iron. I can see how it makes things a little easier. Now if only I had gotten a variable soldering iron...
    See, sometimes bigger isnt always better. My only gripe is that Radioshack robs people when it comes to cost. I think my thin tip was like $9.00, $8.95 to be exact.
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    DOCKS

    I got both XMPCR docks finished. I also ran an XM antenna on to my roof and ran the wire through my wall so I can have easy access to run to the dock.

    The home dock with the XMPCR attatched and in use:


    The wall panel that goes to the antenna on my roof (that's an old speaker from my electric scooter's radio system in the floor. Also, I haven't vacuumed since I drilled the hole...:


    Bad photo of the LED I added to shine through the top:


    Connections on the home dock:


    Back of the car dock:


    Front of the car dock (from left to right: XM antenna port, USB, and female headphone jack):



    I replaced the female jack on the back of the XMPCR to make it easier to build the docks. On the home dock I soldered two female jacks from RadioShack together. On the car dock, I tried to do the same thing, but failed drastically. There was a horrible buzzing noise. I was thinking of an easy fix while at RadioShack yesterday and stumbled across a female to female 1/8" adapter. I got it home and it worked perfectly to finish the project up today. The adapter didn't completely reach across the project enclosure(s) I used (I used the same size for both) (link) I used some 60-second epoxy that I got at AutoZone (I know I could get it cheaper at Wal-Mart, but I can't because I'm not 18, and at AutoZone they know me well enough (and my parents have both been in there with me before) to know that I'm not gonna huff the stuff, whereas Wal-Mart sucks because they are so impersonal... [digress]) to hold all of the components in the enclosures.

    Total cost (for this particular project, anyway... ): $90

    It would have been cheaper if some parts could have been purchased at Wal-mart rather than AutoZone, but that is explained for each individual part...

    1. 60 sec. epoxy system - 3 @ $5.49
      $16.50 (with local taxes)
    2. Project enclosures - 2 @ $2.69
      $6
    3. Solder-type Female stereo 1/8" jacks - 1 @ $3.99
      $4.50
    4. Stereo 1/8" coupler - 1 @ $3.69
      $4
    5. (For the home dock) SMB Male/Female set F-type Female/Male - 2 @ $12.56 (I screwed up the first set... )
      $12.56
    6. Delphi XM Satellite Radio Home Antenna - 1 @ $12.24
      $12.24
    7. White Wall Plate with Gold-Plated "F" Connector - 1 @ $5.49
      $6
    8. 25-Ft.Video Hookup Coax Cable - 1 @ $18.99 (Our local Wal-mart sucks at keeping things that people don't frequently need in-stock. This just happened to be one such item... )
      $20.50
    9. F-Connector Coupler - 2 @ $2.69
      $6

    Silicone - already had
    Solder - already had

    All in all, it took about 6 hours to get everything hooked up with no problems (not counting epoxy cure times...)
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    ISSUES
    I can't get my OPUS 120 to send the shutdown signal. I think it's because there isn't a Windows 7 ACPI driver yet. (?) I have tried switching the power signal line around several times and it still doesn't do anything. The BIOS are set to ACPI S3 mode, and the OPUS powers everything on, it just doesn't seem to send the power-off signal...
    Any suggestions?
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    Although I wanted to go to Win 7 so bad, I am deciding to stay with Win XP. Win 7 is just too new, and alot of stuff isn't guaranteed to work. I have so many USB devices and I think alot of them will not work in 7 because they barely work in XP. One example is the Serial to USB I had to buy, since the new MoBo will not have any serial ports. It was originally designed for Win 2K, so installing it on XP is a PITA. I have to install the 2K drivers, then install the drivers to a different device from the same company to get it to work. I can image on WIN 7 it just wouldn't work. Another thing is AMP_CTRL, which is DOS based. I am scared that the .NET will be different on WIN 7 so it will not work, thats a no no. I need AMP_CTRL. Plus I also see that setting things up like plugins and stuff, seems to be a chore. Right now I am going to stick with what I know works. Then maybe in the future, then go to 7. Maybe you should do the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
    Although I wanted to go to Win 7 so bad, I am deciding to stay with Win XP. Win 7 is just too new, and alot of stuff isn't guaranteed to work. I have so many USB devices and I think alot of them will not work in 7 because they barely work in XP. One example is the Serial to USB I had to buy, since the new MoBo will not have any serial ports. It was originally designed for Win 2K, so installing it on XP is a PITA. I have to install the 2K drivers, then install the drivers to a different device from the same company to get it to work. I can image on WIN 7 it just wouldn't work. Another thing is AMP_CTRL, which is DOS based. I am scared that the .NET will be different on WIN 7 so it will not work, thats a no no. I need AMP_CTRL. Plus I also see that setting things up like plugins and stuff, seems to be a chore. Right now I am going to stick with what I know works. Then maybe in the future, then go to 7. Maybe you should do the same?
    Nah, I like playing with fire (even though I hate getting burned ). I spoke to Intel's tech support today, they sent me the links to the Win 7 drivers I need to (hopefully) get things rolling. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder View Post
    Let me also tell you what doesn't work for soldering... those pile of crap cold heat soldering irons. Jeeze those are the biggest piles of junk!

    I bought 2 before I figured that out.
    I had one and used it a few times before I figured out it was a POS and took it apart for fun. It's still in pieces in a Ziplock baggie in my project box.
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