Resurrecting integrated circuits by cooking them.

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sun Jul 28 16:24:40 CDT 2019

On 7/28/19 1:02 PM, Jerry Weiss via cctalk wrote:
> This method is not limited to "vintage" components.
> My MacBook Pro 2011 fails dues to its (famous) problem with the discrete
> AMD GPU connections.   A reflow restores the laptop, but inevitably I
> have repeat the process every few months. Depending on who you believe,
> the fault is with the A) poor thermal design, b) BGA solder used or C)
> bumps on the AMD GPU itself.  The reflow is easy enough to do, but
> disconnecting the very fragile cables to remove the motherboard is not
> for everyone. Using an inexpensive infrared thermometer improves the the
> process.

And of course, the solder is Pb-free...


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