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NEED HELP WITH SATURN MOD!

by master_status Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:00 pm

Ok I got my modchip today and soldered it in. All my solders look fine and the modchip is securely plugged in and so is the cable intot he modchip. My Saturn won't spin up and load ANY game. I don't know. I never tested this Saturn before I modded it to see if it would spin up. I just turned it on. I got the Saturn and the modchip today. Now even when I unplug the modchip (with the points still soldered) and have the tape wire plugged directly into the board no games will spin up.

Did I do something wrong or was it it already broken when I received it?

I really need help!
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by Pullmyfinger Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:35 pm

First of all, what kind of saturn do you have? The non-spinning thing happened to me, but it was just a loose modchip, you have to get it down all the way, also how skilled are you soldering? If you spent too much time soldering the chip you might have toasted it. You can always remove the chip and see if it works.
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i did

by master_status Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:06 am

I removed the chip and the saturn works. My soldering iron gets real hot could it have blown out the chip? It doesn't make sense cause my solders were perfect. The chip was down as far as it would go without literally breaking it with force from putting it down. Will racketboy give me my money back? I mean I spent 23 bucks on a chip that does nothing.

Well at least my Saturn works now...
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by Pullmyfinger Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:12 am

What model were you trying to mod and from what region?

I tried a chip in my JAP sanyo saturn and my US 64 pin with the AB method, with no succes at all, so I just put the chip in my spare 32 pin and it works fine, but yeah, I have a useless white saturn.
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by racketboy Tue Aug 15, 2006 6:50 am

Did you try filining the edges down of the part that plugs into the Saturn?
That will help it plug in easier and go down all the way.

If the chip turns out to be a dud, I will exchange it for a new one...
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by grittykitty Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:22 am

probably the edges, that was the same problem i had. racket, i think the guide should be changed to put more emphasis on the filing the edges down, since it's such a common thing. you should also include a nail file in the list of 'what you need' to help make it clearer. it's hard to focus on small details when you're in a state of panic and the saturn's not working
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by Saraph Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:08 pm

Yes, especially for those who think that simply touching a solder point will break the chip. You have to be careful, yes, but you don't have to be so careful with it that your hands are constantly shaking and beads of sweat are running down your nose. Just get a regular old nail file and either mark on the board with a marker where you need to stop, or keep checking and stopping until it goes in like a glove.
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by Pullmyfinger Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:14 pm

I sanded mine with a skateboard :P
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you mean..

by master_status Tue Aug 15, 2006 1:24 pm

Sand the side of the chip? Because it is hard to fit the chip in that area it rubs up against the metal sheet that's on top of the board. Could that be my problem?
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Re: you mean..

by Saraph Tue Aug 15, 2006 2:46 pm

master_status wrote:Sand the side of the chip? Because it is hard to fit the chip in that area it rubs up against the metal sheet that's on top of the board. Could that be my problem?


No, you see where the chip actually goes into the slot on the board, the contact points? You can file down either side of that part to make it fit into the slot. Don't file too much though or you'll hit a contact.
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