Worklog Chunchunmaru - A PS2 Portable

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To remove those ports I’ve used side cutters they work but just go easy on it to not damage anything. Start on the top side and first remove the metal shield then start cutting away the pins.
How would you recommend removing this chip? Is a hotair station the only option?
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I utilized the advice @Customledmods gave to me, and used brute force to remove the ports. For the controller and memory card ports, I'm sure I can get away with using a good ol solder sucker to take it off. I want to salvage it because I want to implement the ports instead of having an internal card. It might ruin the appearance, but I want to make it easy enough to troubleshoot. The controller ports will go onto the dock I've been talking about.
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I haven't been able to work on this project since I'm busy studying for the PAR exam. In addition, I have a summer class and potentially a job.

On another note, I'm delaying doing any addition soldering, because I haven't been feeling well. After soldering, I get massive headaches, and I overall don't feel good. To deal with this, I'm going to design and create a fume extractor with 4 4200 RPM fans and a fume filter. I'll probably make another worklog for the extractor, and make the print files open source (if anyone's interested).
 
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You can remove the pins by applying heat to the top pads, melting the solder for a bit, and gently pulling on the pins until they come out. You'll want something to hold the regulator in place while you do that. A small PCB vise or third hand station would do. You can make it easier by adding leaded solder to the pads, it'll mix in with the existing lead free solder and lower the melting temp. Just helps speed the process up a bit.

As for the resistors, I used to do it like this
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There are better ways to do it, but I ran the resistor over the top of the ceramic cap with a bit of electrical tape and soldered the capacitors to the underside of the pads. That way I didn't have to compete with anything to get the wires soldered on. Also it's not really shown in the photo, but I used pliers to create a little right angle at the end of the capacitor legs and pressed the legs up into the pad for a bit of extra hold.
about custom regulators, have you heard of the mini 560? he is good ? I've seen videos on YouTube and it works too
 

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how are you going to cut it, I would take it off with a soldering iron, using chip saver
I'm using a rotary tool with a diamond tip on it. I do have access to a hot air station, so I'll try using that first. Thanks for the advice, but what's chip saver?
about custom regulators, have you heard of the mini 560? he is good ? I've seen videos on YouTube and it works too
I'm sure there are other good options, but PTH regulators were the most common before the PMS came to be. I already have the regulators, so I don't have to worry about it.
 
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I'm using a rotary tool with a diamond tip on it. I do have access to a hot air station, so I'll try using that first. Thanks for the advice, but what's chip saver?
and a solder that melts at low temperature, mixes with normal solder, and because it is low temperature to melt, the chip comes off easily with a soldering iron

I'm sure there are other good options, but PTH regulators were the most common before the PMS came to be. I already have the regulators, so I don't have to worry about it.
 
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this method does not harm the board, more chance of not damaging it when removing components
 

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6/8/22

I’ve finally done it. I trimmed the motherboard. To be honest, it was scary. My primary concern wasn’t ruining the motherboard, but my health and safety was a concern. It’s not worth getting cancer. I made sure to trim outside, wear protective eyewear, a KN-95 mask and gloves. Trimming the board itself was smooth sailing. My rotary tool did bounce a couple of times, but I don’t think (hopefully) I messed anything up.

I left myself some margin by not cutting at the line. I’m not sure if it’s necessary to sand it all the way to the line, so kindly let me know. I used 600, then 800, then 1000 on the motherboard when sanding, and it’s smooth like butter. Should I use 1200 grit or am I fine at 1000? I check the resistance of each point with a multimeter and got the following:



The lines not labeled, I had trouble measuring the voltages. I either couldn’t get a reading, no matter where I place the prongs, or possible made a mistake.

Instead of scratching traces in these areas, can I just solder the respective power lines to these points?

one more thing,


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Should I be concerned about these scratches? It seems to be a superficial scratch, only affecting the mask.

Edit: The guide tells you where you can solder. I wasn't comfortable soldering to the scrapes I made, so I used some solder points highlighted in the guide.
 
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you have to sand the whole side, 1000 sandpaper is great, the layers must be together
 
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6/8/22

I’ve finally done it. I trimmed the motherboard. To be honest, it was scary. My primary concern wasn’t ruining the motherboard, but my health and safety was a concern. It’s not worth getting cancer. I made sure to trim outside, wear protective eyewear, a KN-95 mask and gloves. Trimming the board itself was smooth sailing. My rotary tool did bounce a couple of times, but I don’t think (hopefully) I messed anything up.

I left myself some margin by not cutting at the line. I’m not sure if it’s necessary to sand it all the way to the line, so kindly let me know. I used 600, then 800, then 1000 on the motherboard when sanding, and it’s smooth like butter. Should I use 1200 grit or am I fine at 1000? I check the resistance of each point with a multimeter and got the following:



The lines not labeled, I had trouble measuring the voltages. I either couldn’t get a reading, no matter where I place the prongs, or possible made a mistake.

Instead of scratching traces in these areas, can I just solder the respective power lines to these points?

Another thing, I have a 79001 series PS2 but the motherboard resembles the 79003 picture more than the 79001. Is this normal? Also, how are my readings for the resistance?

Oh yes, one more thing,




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Should I be concerned about these scratches? It seems to be a superficial scratch, only affecting the mask.
It doesn't seem to be a problem this scratch, use UV mask for protection
 
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6/8/22

I’ve finally done it. I trimmed the motherboard. To be honest, it was scary. My primary concern wasn’t ruining the motherboard, but my health and safety was a concern. It’s not worth getting cancer. I made sure to trim outside, wear protective eyewear, a KN-95 mask and gloves. Trimming the board itself was smooth sailing. My rotary tool did bounce a couple of times, but I don’t think (hopefully) I messed anything up.

I left myself some margin by not cutting at the line. I’m not sure if it’s necessary to sand it all the way to the line, so kindly let me know. I used 600, then 800, then 1000 on the motherboard when sanding, and it’s smooth like butter. Should I use 1200 grit or am I fine at 1000? I check the resistance of each point with a multimeter and got the following:



The lines not labeled, I had trouble measuring the voltages. I either couldn’t get a reading, no matter where I place the prongs, or possible made a mistake.

Instead of scratching traces in these areas, can I just solder the respective power lines to these points?

Another thing, I have a 79001 series PS2 but the motherboard resembles the 79003 picture more than the 79001. Is this normal? Also, how are my readings for the resistance?

Oh yes, one more thing,




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Should I be concerned about these scratches? It seems to be a superficial scratch, only affecting the mask.
I don't know how to help you with the tension part, but the right thing is to use the scalpel and scrape the areas, apply the tensions following the image scheme
 

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Alrighty, so I’ve basically recovered from COVID-19 (2 negative tests in a row. Adequate sample size in my opinion). It’s a pain in the ass, so its not worth getting it. On the bright side, I picked up the 3d printed fume extractor I designed then assembled it. It’s not the prettiest, but it works as intended. I’ve attached a video of the extractor in action.


I was also able to wire up the regulators and test them out for the first time.


If I’m not mistaken, I got the following readings.

1.79-1.83V on the linear reg (big green perfboard)
*Speaking up, It was a pain to wire up. First, I routed everything with solder, but got nothing, so I stripped 22 gauge wire, then soldered the wires to their appropriate places.

1.25V on the dot with the PTR reg.
*That was a pain to wire up.
2.49ish V on one PTH

3.5V on the dot with the other PTH.

Screen situation

I was able to modify the screen to run off 5V instead of 12V.

To do this, I removed the voltage regulator highlighted (It converts 4.35-40V to 5V), then soldered a wire from the output to the red wire as drawn in the pic. I also figured out that the screen draws around 360 milliamps, which is lower than I expected.

Here’s a video of the screen in action.

Besides that, that’s it. Before, I sanded my mommy board with 320 grit, then went up to 1000 grit. I’m planning on checking the resistance readings, but I’m not sure how to with the PS2. With the Wii, it seems straight forward, but the PS2 has, for example, 3 2.5V spots. Should I check the following points below? I have the numbers in parenthesis to differentiate the points.



Also, What readings should I look for? Is it based on I = V/R?


Edit: I've decided to just spill out the name I was planning. I'm calling my portable Chunchunmaru. Its from the anime, Konosuba (I'm surprised no one has named their portable Chunchunmaru). Definitely recommend checking it out if you are an anime fan.

Edit: I got the resistance readings, and Gman said that it doesn't really matter on the PS2. As long as you don't have a short, you're fine. I'll upload my readings later for reference.
 
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