On 06/24/2012 04:41 AM, Jeffrey Brace wrote:
I started with my original C64 which I bought in 1987.
I had left it in
a garage for two years and then tried to use it and it didn't work.
In what way does it not work?
First I was told that I should clean my C64 with
regular dish detergent
and a hair dryer. I was told that this would solve many problems. Sounds
unsafe, but I guess I will try it.
It can cause many problems too! What's wrong with the machine that you've
been told might be solved by cleaning it?
Then I was told that I should buy
another C64 since it isn't worth repairing them, since they are so
plentifully available and cheap.
Not around here they aren't. It depends where you live...
Then I need to replace chips that are bad, so I need
to know how to
solder and de-solder. Which kind of device to get ? There are different
wattages and if you do it wrong then you burn up your boards (as a
friend of mine did with more soldering experience did). Do I get a
combination desolder sucker ? Or a little squeeze one ? Or a push and
suck stick ? Do I get a soldering station ? A braider ?
Much of that is down to experience and personal preference, I'm afraid.
I've never got on well with the desolder braid. Solder suckers (the type
you refer to as 'push and suck stick') work well in my opinion, as long as
it's a good quality one.
For irons I've got a smaller one (either 12W or 15W, can't remember) which
I use with fine tips and a 25W one for larger jobs (which is a little
under-powered for some tasks)