You shouldn't have to do any soldering it really only gets you to the point were you can alt tab and run a file.
You really need to find your null modem serial cable, connect your epod to your PC and run replog.exe from \Windows. Then youíll be able to use Activesyncís Explore to fix your epod.
Failing that, you need to put a simple file explorer on a CF card and run the file explorer from there. Citadelís CeExplorer.exe might work for you. I uploaded it to the ePods Yahoo Group, under Files, it's in a subfolder named Temporary Uploads. Put it on your CF card and try to run it.