I am working with some students on the TV BGone kit as a first project to learn soldering. The kit came with everything but when it came time to solder the oscillator in, the three holes were filled with what I assume was solder. We tried using a solder sucker to clear them but that didn't work. We tried the copper braided wire to suck the solder out. That didn't work. We had been able to get the oscillator partially installed but when the test of the green led failed, we assumed it might be due to the oscillator install problem.
We removed the oscillator and tried using a drill bit to clear the holes. I got one cleared but now the hole is huge and I probably messed up the trace in doing so.
We are at the point where asking these questions is necessary.
What should we have done to install the oscillator with all three holes filled in?
Could a faulty install of the oscillator cause the LED to not work?
How do we test the oscillator for continuity or for damage? I have had little luck finding a replacement oscillator at radio shack (no surprise to me there).
Could a bad chip cause both the led and the oscillator to not work in the test? I read a little about some issues with the chip not working from the factory on another forum here on Adafruit.