Originally Posted by Deadboy90
Originally Posted by Hyoketsu
Wouldn't that be an indication of the AMBIENT temperature range one should keep the console in? I refuse to believe it won't exceed 35C under heavy load.
Besides, high temperatures are only a part of the YLOD&RROD equation. Lead-free solder has no flexibility, and if the heat causes the mobo to bend, the pins connecting the GPU to the motherboard have no way of coping with the shift, form tiny cracks, and, eventually, kill the console.
I sure hope the new cooler will be able to cool the motherboard properly too, 'cause otherwise, the only other solution would be leaded solder, which is prohibited in the EU (RoHS), and, as a result, most US companies comply with that as well.
You'd need to see a person who owns a reflow/reball station to resolder the processor/s to the mobo with leaded solder.
I did this myself and it lasted a grand total of 2 days. Fortunately I was able to backup all my saves in this time. However I DID find the reason for the high temps, when I opened up the console I removed enough dust to make a ball the size of a softball. (I hadn't opened it in 5 years since i got it) Still i miss my old launch "Fat" ps3, it at least had backward comparability.
Well, you clearly did something wrong, then
Not to blame you, though, this stuff needs loads of practice and serious equipment, not just those crummy heatguns. I myself have finished off a couple of RRODed 360s by accidentally damaging the BGA during solder cleaning
A good reflow would return your console to the state it came out of the factory with - lead-free solder that could last a few months as well as a few years, depending on usage conditions. Reballing is preferrable, since it includes completely detaching the processor, cleaning off the old solder, and resoldering with leaded solder balls. If done properly, a reball should be a permanent fix, although it's naturally quite a bit riskier and more expensive.
Though yeah, even poor fixes often last long enough to at least back up the important stuff.