How to fix your dead ViewSat and or Stuck on ----- or 8888 errors (involves soldering)
This is from a repairman who has fixed many units for dealers in Miami, FL.
The fixing consists of replacing the TSOP.
Im sure some of you already know about this fix, but Im also sure a lot of others have no idea. This is the same fix the VS company is going to do for you. Just buy your own TSOP and do it your self. Or have someone else do it for you for a lot less.
If you have no skills on soldering, I wont recommend you doing it yourself. You can mess up the board while doing this.
You will need a blower - and its not for your hair. You will need it for removing the TSOP. You also need a magnifying glass and very very fine soldering tip. The blower is NOT A REGULAR BLOWER. For example I have an ATTEN 850A. Maybe you can find something cheaper similar to the one I have. Especially if all you are going to do is one box. In my case I need it something a little more professional because I do this all the time.
The TSOP is the 48pin chip SST 39vf1601, next to the CPU, and on the Ultra is a 39vf3201.
Now you get the blower and set it to 280 degrees - no higher because you can damage the Board and the TSOP. Then you get yourself a pair of tweezers to help you remove the chip once its hot enough. Once you have the TSOP removed, you need to remove the extra resin left on the board with very very fine soldering TIP. Once you have the board clean of the extra rosin solder you are ready to put in the new TSOP.
To solder the chip you need to align all 48 pins before you start to solder. Now you are going to solder on one side ONLY and only 2 or 3 pins. Because like that you can go back to the other side of the chip and align another 2 or 3 pins so you can get a straight fit. Once you have 2 pins on one corner and 2 across on the opposite corner, you are ready to start soldering your new TSOP. With a very fine tip you are going to touch all the pins one by one very very carefully so they dont get stuck together in the middle. This is the part thats a pain in the rear. You need very steady hands for this part of the job and you also will need the magnifying glass.
Believe me, I have fixed hundreds of dead units here in Miami for dealers and this is what needs to be done.
Also units that are stuck on "- - - -" and you cant fix it no matter what you do by flashing it. They will also need the TSOP replaced.
There is a Chinese program that can fix some of the units stuck on the - - - - , or 8888 error but it won't fix all of them.
Do this at your own risk!
If you are not sure you can do it, then definitely get some one else who knows how to do this type of work.
if you don't have any type of tech training, then you should not attempt this procedure.
this is to let you know how the mojo is done.