I don't understand... Soldering the trace is even worse than using a needle, no?
I completed the HW downgrade yesterday and opening was HELL..
But about the traces, i found that just using a magnifying glass and a needle to "prick" the trace works great, try it with diferent pressures till you get a conection, had to do it twice and downgrade went fine.
Hope this helps
These pics are lame, you should have used the Macro mode of the camera.
Anyways, here's a great video tutorial for opening the iPhone
While it uses a specialized instrument, i'm sure you can easily
get hold of one like the one used.
For example these come in the package with a spare battery or a spare LCD screen.
Like the one pictured here:
iPhone is bad for your health!
So are the sun rays! Abuse responsibly!
iPod 5G 30GB - black
iPhone Week 49 - jailbroken, TurboSIM
everything works fine FIRMWARE 1.1.3
Call In/Out ► Yes/Yes
SMS In/Out ► Yes/Yes
WiFi/EDGE ► Yes/No 'cause it's not needed
YouTube App ► Yes
LocateMe ► Yes
will post soon new pics focused and resized....