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  1. Mark12345L6 the 9 volt conversion does not alter the functioning of the original USB port. It is left in place above the coaxial 9V socket, and its function is unchanged. If it was working before the 9 Volt mod it will still be working afterwards. I have three modded G10S receivers and all installed the charging updated successfully. ! s www.redtapemusic.biz
  2. Installing the 9volt conversion has no impact on the functionality of the USB socket, indeed it should increase the chances of it remaining functional if it’s only used for firmware updates, and is protected from the wear and tear of use as a power supply. The warning on the Line 6 page refers to a charging issue, which is addressed by a firmware update that requires a working USB socket to install. S. www.redtapemusic.biz
  3. No reason why that shouldn’t work, though adding the 9v board means you can use a standard pedal power supply and ditch USB connections altogether? S www.redtapemusic.biz
  4. Mod to provide a 9 volt input on standard “Boss type” co-axial socket, also available in black! The mini USB socket remains unaltered so can still be used for power / software updates as long as it was working ok before the modification. www.redtapemusic.biz
  5. The connections to the capacitor are best made on the same side of the board as the capacitor,. The pads are very small so need “wetting” or tinning before making the joint. I found a needle type soldering iron bit was the best for this part. The capacitor won’t survive heating for very long, but the pads are small and will heat up quickly. good luck S www.redtapemusic.biz
  6. Hello rarb, if you look carefully on the PCB around the power supply capacitor it’s polarity should be marked. The USB board I fitted doesn’t interfere with the mini usb socket supply at all, so if the socket was working before the mod it should still work afterwards. I have not tried it for data transfer (updates etc) but the data pins are not touched so that should be ok too. i am still using leaded solder as I prefer it’s flow. I would guess the G10 is constructed with lead free, but the mix has not caused any problems with the numerous mods I’ve done so far. im in the North East of the UK, so practical help probably isn’t realistic, but happy to help with suggestions? cheers s www.redtapemusic.biz
  7. If you follow Joe’s mod directions there is no need to disconnect the mini USB connector, it will function as normal if required for software updates etc. the unit is opened by removing the single screw in the base under the information sticker then the clipping the catches down the sides of the case. A plectrum is a good tool for this. i offer a modding service if you are reluctant to do it yourself. Steve www.redtapemusic.biz
  8. If you are opening the G10 you need to first remove the silver nut on the top jack socket, then take out the screw under the bottom label then run a plectrum around the joint in the case to release the clips. I would not recommend trying to replace the mini USB, it’s a flawed design and the tracks on the board may not survive the resoldering. I would recommend replacing it with the standard Boss type 9v coax socket, and a 9volt to 5 v converter board as described above. More robust and far more reliable, and the usb data transfer function remains intact. Best Wishes Steve www.redtapemusic.biz
  9. That looks rather a bulky solution to get a USB 5v from 120 / 240 volts. The receiver's current requirements are not very high, a small iPhone / iPad type power supply would do the job perfectly well, or alternatively one of the 9V to 5V regulated converters I used for the hardware modification sitting in line between the Voodoo Lab and the mini USB connector? S www.redtapemusic.biz
  10. The main concern about these approaches is you are still using the mini USB connector on the G10. This socket is not robust enough for serious use. It is not anchored to the case in any way, held in place only by its solder joints, and its plane of connection is parallel to the insertion force of the plug. The inevitable result of this is to lift the socket off the board with regular usage. Installing a standard Boss 9V co-axial socket, and internal voltage conversion solves all these problems at once. S www.redtapemusic.biz
  11. Hello all, I have been offering a power supply socket upgrade service in the UK for the past year or so. It consists of adding a standard "Boss" type power socket directly below the existing mini USB socket, and installing a small voltage regulator board inside the receiver which drops the standard 9 volt pedal supply voltage to the 5 volts the receiver requires. If the USB socket was working before the mod, it will still work after it, but I am not including repair to the USB socket if it is broken, the sockets are poor quality, and do not tolerate the solder iron heating well enough ) I have modified around 14 G10s this way, all were successful. Drop me aline if you'd like to know more. I am only doing this for UK customers at the moment, but could consider shipping overseas repairs if the demand is sufficient. Update, the mod is essentially identical to that posted by a2dconverterguy earlier in this thread, but available in the UK. Steve Coates www.redtapemusic.biz
  12. Very interesting topic, has anyone actually measured whether the input impedance of the Helix changes under these circumstances ? This will obviously have a very significant effect on tone if you're using high impedance hum buckers, and should have very little impact if you're using active pickups. Im not sure if we are talking about an "actual" change in the input impedance of the Helix, or a modelled change in the software, in which case it will be a change in the frequency response and dynamics of the signal, regardless of what kind of pickups you are using?
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