i think the "7 commandments" were the trueset thing I ever heard, but about the orange box, i think it sucked.
i only bought it for hl2 episode 1&2 which I didnt like too much either(portal made me sick i.e vomit)
i believe this problem could be solved with a hot air gün and some soldering paste, (hot air not nessesairxy).
just put some lead based solder parste into the connector, and then put the diode in
correct me if im wrong but i bbelieve that would work