I'm new so sorry if I posted it here. I'm kind of confused as to where this is supposed to be posted in. And since I saw the description of this thread, I might as well post this here first. Paki lipat na lang po kung saan ito nararapat.
So why am I here? I'm no engineer. I know little about electronics. But I need your help guys. I seriously need your help. I'm not sure if you guys are aware of this but there is a growing number of PLAYSTATION 3s that are dying because of a hardware failure better known as the yellow light of death or YLOD.
From what I've researched so far, it is commonly due to the solders of the BGA chips (RSX and Cell) losing contact with the board. A lot of people were able to resolve it by reflowing the chips. I actually reflowed mine and like other reflowed PS3s, YLOD came back. Mine came back after one month. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I was told this happens due to the solders being used are lead-free. I was told that leaded solders are better to use but since the use of lead-free has been mandated by many countries especially with gaming consoles (considered as toys), the manufacturers have no choice but to transition to it. For reference, I'll post the motherboard of the PS3.
60GB Model (CECHA)
I need your help guys. Can anyone help me reball and rework the BGA chips of my PS3? I already know how to disassemble to get a naked board. This is for educational purposes since a lot of my friends are counting on reballing to permanently fix the issue. Like I said, the numbers are growing and we need to find a solution ASAP. If reballing does work, then some of my friends could get the equipment (reball station, stencils, infrared rework station although expensive) but not right now. What I'm trying to say is I'm offering my PS3 to be the test subject of this project and we need people with experience to help us out.
Consider this as a learning experience too. So if anyone here has the skills to reball and rework BGA chips the size of a Pentium III with an IHS properly, please let me know ASAP. You can check my profile for my contact information (email/YM). I'm online almost all the time.