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Tips for desoldering a motherboard?

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So my MB took a crap but ii want to do something with it after I saw this mod.

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I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I'd like to get all the components off the MB. Any tips for desoldering the components?
post #2 of 6
Maybe its just me, but what does the picture show that has anything to do with your MB?

Anyway, you'll need a good soldering station (low watt, small tip), some solder wick and possibly some flux remover. Always work from the bottom side first.
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Maybe its just me, but what does the picture show that has anything to do with your MB?
Anyway, you'll need a good soldering station (low watt, small tip), some solder wick and possibly some flux remover. Always work from the bottom side first.

the guitar has a circuit board for its uhhh i don't know what its called i am a violinist lol.

I am guessing he wants to desolder the board and cut it to make it into w/e that thing is.
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PCB for the pick guard... ok got it.
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Hey! What a pleasant surprise haha I'm glad my mod inspired you to create something different.
That there is an old intel P4 mobo (the back of it actually). The best part about using the back is you can be rough with the components on the other side (took a screw driver to the north bridge and whatnot.

If you want to do some "mass de soldering" might I recommend using a heat gun. Though I never used it for that mod, I simply hacked the top of the mobo flat (grinding components off) and used the back of the mobo as you can still see the buses from that end.

Good luck!

Also just to clear something up. I believe someone mentioned something about this circuit being part of the guitar, It isn't. It's merely just for show, although that would have been sweet if it were functional!
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You can probably put the mobo in the oven on a cookie sheet with some sort of spacer to put some space b/w the mobo and sheet so when the solder flows the components will just fall off. Or you can use a toaster oven/skillet.



"Reflow Oven
If a large circuit board needs to be completely desoldered for any reason, consider using a small toaster oven (not a microwave oven). Set the temperature to about 180°C to 200°C, place the PCB assembly in the oven and wait for the solder to melt. Then, quickly remove as many components as you can, or, if you are in a hurry, turn the board over and tap it sharply on the backside. Repeat as many times as needed. There is no guarantee that all the components or the circuit board will emerge undamaged by repeated heatings, but it is a viable method, nonetheless.
Do not use the same oven you use for food preparation. Most solders contain lead, a toxic heavy metal."

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Practical_Electronics/Desoldering
Edited by Manavapor - 4/22/12 at 10:40pm
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