Today I bought a Soldering Iron $6, Spool of Solder $1.5, Soldering Stand $3, 12piece PC Tool kit $6, multimeter $25, and some Red LEDs and a 25pin DB Male connector.
When I got home I practiced soldering with the help of the Soldering Guide at gamesx.com. I used my broken Genesis board and just soldered some wires to it and made a crude handle out of the wires. I did though, literally killed the Genesis because some solder got onto some pins on the 6800 CPU.
Anyway, to put my new found skills to the test I did an LED mod to my PSX. I took out the green one and put in a red one. I want to find blue LEDs next time so taht I can do the same for the N64, DC, and Saturn.
That project worked out well. However, I wanted to do more. So I did this mod where I can convert my PSX pad into a PC controller pad that hooks up via the parallel port. After a few tries in getting the wires and solder to fully stick on the gold connectors and where they wont come in contact with the other connectors. I got this one working and now I can play my roms and other game with a digital PSX pad, not the analog one, that would require extra modding.
Anybody else here do modding? I know some of you have done some of the LED mods. But what other mods have you done or plan on doing. Also post your first experience in modding with a soldering gun.