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Decided to pull the guts from my Netgear Eva digital entertainer to have a look inside the thing and decided might as well upgrade all the (crappy) caps.
On the power board no problems, However, on the main board I cant seem to melt the solder? Do I need a new (hotter) iron or should I leave this thing be?
The solder has a weird grey color to it, whats the deal with this?
Edits: 06/10/12Follow Ups:
weird gray solder=probably lead free solder, particularly true if the unit is marketed in Europe. You'll need a higher temp tip (700 degree) and some external flux.
And DO NOT use rosin flux or rosin core solder.
Use one of the more modern flux and 'clean core' solders
It is very possible that if the main PCB was 'wave-soldered' that it used a higher temp solder - and if there are lots of surface mount devices on the PCB then that is almost certainly the case.
a hotter iron - or if you have one of the Weller units with different temp. tips - changing to a higher temp should do the trick.
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