Yes, the odds of something going wrong are pretty high.. not a "safe" gamble.
Basically yes. As most can't even solder the booster kit itself (even being pretty easy) people doing more advanced stuff like this isn't going to end well.IngoQ wrote: ↑Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:41 amIf you remove your CPU and replace it with a PLCC socket, you COULD make a adapter PCB for the STE booster. You would need to adapt a PLCC plug to the "funky" staggered PGA layout originally used on the STEs CPU-socket (and therefore mirrored on the current STE booster). PLCC plugs are around 30-40 EUR, so this solution will be expensive. In addition the height of PLCC-socket + PLCC-plug + adapter PCB + Booster might not fit under the STEs shielding.
If one day there is a pluggable STE booster, you could just use that after socketing your CPU of course.
I've done several repairs to bodged STE booster fittings so far.. That is "easy" through hole stuff.. removing SMT chips and soldering thin cables on small pads.. it just isn't going to end well. Its something I myself wouldn't feel comfortable doing.
I was developing the plug in STE booster. Though again really this came down to people can't solder well enough. It would be better just for people to send me their motherboard to fit, rather than myself spending the next 6 months developing another booster. There is not only the time involved, but the costs.
Though this doubles back onto the main problem that machines can't be upgraded easily. As you know there is the solder in booster, the plug in booster, then some other combo booster for the SMT CPU peoples. thats basically 3 of the same thing.. its not a good use of time to do things like that.
Again, its why I started on a new motherboard, OK its not STE, likely never will. But there has to be a starting point somewhere. If people want the upgraded machines, they buy the new motherboard with the addons, if they want to keep their original machine running then I offer repair guides and kits. So both sets of people are happy. It solves all the constant issues of fitting etc. So that is basically what I am spending my free time on and working towards. Basically I am not really looking to develop upgrades for original machines anymore due to said reasons.