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A small thought about the Aladdin XT 2 Plus BT wiring


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I was looking at the typical Aladdin XT 2 Plus modchips that are still available/being produced for the Xbox a while ago, and I thought to myself that the wiring to permanently ground the BT pad seemed a little inelegant. I took a quick look at the traces on the PCB and lo and behold, they trace back to adjacent pins on the Lattice CPLD chip!

Going forward should I ever need to install another XT 2 Plus, I'll forego the wire and just bridge those two pins.

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It does look like that would work; the problem is if you want to disable the grounding for any reason. If it is just a wire between the BT pad and either the LPC connector or (I prefer) the adjacent pad its easier to remove.

There's also the danger bridging those Lattice chip pins instead that poor soldering technique might damage it too. 

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On 8/11/2021 at 7:06 AM, Mu. said:

I was looking at the typical Aladdin XT 2 Plus modchips that are still available/being produced for the Xbox a while ago, and I thought to myself that the wiring to permanently ground the BT pad seemed a little inelegant. I took a quick look at the traces on the PCB and lo and behold, they trace back to adjacent pins on the Lattice CPLD chip!

Going forward should I ever need to install another XT 2 Plus, I'll forego the wire and just bridge those two pins.

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That works it's just as easy to link the BT to Pin 2.

 

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SS Dave


Soft modding is like masturbating, It gets the job done but it's nothing like the real thing.

 

 

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