Hello all, so somehow I fried ULN2803 on the MPU. I adjusted the pop bumpers on my BSD with power off, but could have honestly shorted something before i powered down.
I have done the research to learn that if Fuse 115 keeps blowing, then I likely shorted said chip and perhaps some of the LM339's. The fuse doesnt blow if i disconnect the driver board from the MPU board, so I understand that to mean the issue(s) is on the MPU.
I am just a couple steps past 'newb' but have invested in a quality soldering station and de-soldering hand pump, good side cutters, etc. so I want to try to fix this myself (it is a hobby after all, right?).
I have read alot about carefully removing components so as not to damage 'plated thru holes'. I plan to remove these chips, add a socket, and replace.
My question - what is best / safest way to do this? Is it better to cut the little legs on the ic chips then desolder? Or should i desolder each hole and try to push the little legs out after all solder has been removed? Anything else to consider on this particular issue?