|In the case of this game, you will want to unscrew the metal block from the power supply board and the plastic clip that is holding the power cord on the power supply board. This will make it easier to desolder the wires from the metal block.|
Desolder the three wires. I started with the one that is attached to the Fuse block since it was the easiest one to get to. I then did the Ground [Green] wire in the middle of the metal block since it was the only wire attached to that terminal. I then removed the last wire from the top terminal. It took the most time since it was attached with another wire and a capacitor.Take your time when doing this and don’t rush. Remember that heat kills and the hotter the metal block gets, the higher the risk of doing damage.
If its being stubborn, stop for a sec, take a deep breath, and try again. I use the Desoldering tool to remove the excess solder while I’m trying to remove the wires. The pliers come in handy when you want to pull the wire out while heating the solder without burning your fingers 🙂 In the case of the middle wire (the ground wire), I found it easier to clip it with the Dykes and to desolder it that way.
|Once everything is desoldered you might want to clean it up a bit and make sure you can see the holes in the middle of the metal tabs that you are going to be soldering to. You don’t need to worry about this for the fuse holder, but for the metal box its important.|
|It helps if you “tin” the ends of the wires on the new power cord, this makes all the strands stick together (easier to put through the hole) and when you get ready to solder the wire it allows you to “Stick it in place” and gives you a free hand to hold the spool of solder.|
|I started with the wire on the top of the metal box since it would be the most awkward to deal with when soldering wires back on and I didn’t want a bunch of other wires getting in the way. Feed the wire through the hole (I had to snip some of the wire off since it was too big with the solder on it) and bend it over. Heat the wire so the solder melts enough to “Stick” to the tab. After that apply more solder and heat enough so it all melts together.|
|Now do the ground wire in the middle, same techniques and rules applies as before.|
|Now do the wire to the Fuse holder. This one you just heat up so it sticks to the tab (and other wire) then add more solder so it is connected solidly.|
|Now its time to screw everything back down. Once you do that, you’re done and its time to hit the final step.|
Yep, its time to see if you did it right. Plug it in, turn it on. If you see SMOKE, you didn’t do it right. TURN IT OFF!(If you see Smoke, Sparks, Read Glowing Embers, or the power supply starts to melt down). If any of those happen, then you need to go back and double check EVERYTHING again. Check for shorts (i.e.two wires touching that shouldn’t), make sure all the wires are attached to something and that something is the right something. This is actually probably one of the easiest things you will be doing, so I doubt that you’ll do it wrong, but you never know.
If you are really paranoid, you can unplug everything and use a voltmeter to test the voltages. If you are only half brave, maybe you’ll just unplug the boards and leave the monitor plugged in to test with. Personally, if I’m going to screw something up, I’m going to do it right!:-)