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Johnbrianr
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Tried my hand at my first mod. I was planning on changing the blue LEDs in my Phantom to red ones. Started with the easy ones, the power and hard drive LEDs. Simple enough, just de-soldered the old ones and re-soldered new red ones on. Sloppy soldering but they work. Then came the monster job for the fan controller LEDs. These are on a small circuit board and I had LOADS of fun trying to de-solder them and clean any excess off before soldering the new ones on. After just about ripping my hair out, I finished, only to find that half of the lights are working now >_<. Oh well, I suppose I at least got the experience now...

matacks
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oh yea, soldering on a small circuit board can be difficult. I recently tried fixing a broken headset by soldering in a different in line volume/mic controller thing. I was unsuccessful. The headphone wires so are sooo tiny.

you might want to pick up some de-soldering braid if you dont already have any. It works really good to remove unwanted solder.

Johnbrianr
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I have a de soldering bulb. That was another problem. The tip is so blunt

matacks
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yea, I have never tried using a de-soldering bulb but I can attest that the braid works really good.

Johnbrianr
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well, HOPEFULLY I will get a new board for the fan controller at the end of this month. Seem's kinda odd that all I had to do was ask for it....

Johnbrianr
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well, no email, no fan controller, no nothing. Tried two more times to contact NZXT and never got any response. NZXT has the worst customer service in history.