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Old 05-14-2011, 10:13 AM
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The problem is caused by RoHS-compliant solder. In others words: lead-free solder. It's well-known and documented to be brittle and subject to cracking, especially if not enough flux was used or if the solder was not hot enough.

Typical repairs can be accomplished with a hot, temperature-controlled iron. Also, if you're in the US, you can use regular 'leaded' solder for the repairs as long as the player isn't going to the EU.

I deal with computer motherboards that are full of RoHS solder and repairs can be difficult with thick copper traces on both sides of the boards. An 800F tip with a lot of mass usually does the trick, but you have to be skilled or you risk burning traces off the board. (Been there, done that, and bought a new board)
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