How to Reball PS3 GPU By The Computer Guy of Fresno YLOD Repair

How to Reball PS3 GPU By The Computer Guy of Fresno YLOD Repair

This is a tutorial on how to Reball a PS3 with YLOD by me, The Computer Guy of Fresno.

I will be adding more info like links to where to buy equipment and supplies and both Reflow and Reball profiles to this channel soon.

Thanks for watching

We do repairs by mail if you don’t feel comfortable attempting it yourself

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As always you can contact me at: [email protected]

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My personal profile:

0/0/180 1.00/190/15 1.00/200/20 1.00/210/25 .50/225/30

Bottom heater controller is set at 252 with bottom TC touching the bottom of the board.

Example: Ramp rate/ Temp/ Dwell

Ramp is how many degrees per second. Temp is desired temp maximum for that “step”. Dwell is how long it will sit in that “step” before moving onto the next.

My profile is a shortened profile to maximize efficiency.

For first setup you could start with: .0/0/240 50/190/240 .50/200/30 .50/210/30 .50/225/30

Its not a bad idea to add an extra step that goes to 217 before 225

The idea here is to make sure your temp is within 4-5 degrees of your target temp if they are too far off, your ramp or dwell is too fast.
If you heat too fast your top heater will get too aggressive to try and catch up and can blow the GPU..

EVERY MACHINE AND ATMOSPHERE IS DIFFERENT SO A PROFILE IS NOT A “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” KIND OF THING.

My Reflow profile is the same as my Reball profile only instead of lifting the GPU I just end the profile and let it cool.down and re-assemble.

My Re-attach/Leaded profile is the same as my Reball Profile only I stop it at 200 and let it cool..

Generally speaking on my station I will lift the top heater about an inch at the end of a profile, let cool down to 150-160, then swing my top heater away and turn on both the top heater and board cooling fans.

Reworking is an art and everyone has their own style. There is no right or wrong just what works for you.

The less time you have the IC at high temps the less stress you put upon it, However heating to fast can be just as bad. This is about finding a balance of what gives YOU the best results.

As far as bottom heat goes it should be set to whatever get the board preheated to 190-200c Before your top heater even kicks in. You can find the magic number by setting the bottom heat higher and higher until your reading 190-200 on your TOP thermocouple.

Remember We are working on the top of the baord not the bottom. So if You have to set the bottom heater to 245 to reach 190 on top this is what you’ll need to do.

If you need help setting up your station call or email me and I will do my best to help.


My preferred supplies at the moment are:

Insat super liquid flux
Kingbo Paste Flux
MG Chemicals Super Wick
Amtech .60mm Solder Balls
Omega Engineering Thermocouples
91% Isopropyl Alcohol (can find this at any drug store)
Microfiber Rags (from the car department)

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  1. A. R. Jasso
    A. R. Jasso 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    hey dood, why do you not use a direct heat stencil? is it just a question of preference or wut?

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  2. Austin K
    Austin K 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    i thought that you cant use lead balls because the melting temp is to low?

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  3. Austin K
    Austin K 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    i had a short in my fat (ceche01) and now the av and hdmi and usb ports wont work. Any idea on how can fix this ?

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  4. David Roberts
    David Roberts 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    A question about your jig, i have the same one as you but cannot for the life of me set it properly.
    When i have all the screws etc level and what i think is level with the chip, when i put the stencil on it doesnt seem to sit solid, it still seems unlevel and moves so when i add the balls they all just end up as a pile on the chip.
    Do you have any videos or tips for setting the jig? Thanks

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  5. Mitar Adzic
    Mitar Adzic 13 January, 2022, 18:01
  6. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I know this May sound funny. But I have about 6 of my ps3s that all broke. If I tore them all down, and unattached it from the board, cleaned the chips, and sent then to you, how much would it be? I'm really getting frustrated with to many balls going through and sticking. I've tried so many times. Everything's cleaned, in using .6mm balls. The same jig as you… I don't have the patience anymore, and I'm not looking to spend a lot cause I already put 350 into all my supplies.

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  7. Matthew Sykes
    Matthew Sykes 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I am seriously impressed with your work and a great instructional vid. I know this isn't the right place for such a question but mine PS£ (Gen 1 80GB version) bought in April 2007 and had the ylod about a year ago and paid to get it fixed, got the rlod failure about 6 months ago and have been hunting for any good advice on a fix?

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  8. Robin Lee
    Robin Lee 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    FRESNO!! WASSUP!! lol chesnut and Tulare all day lol  I live in NC now but definetly good to know someone knows what they are doing there …. I have a question? do you sell reballed rsx chips? if now how much does it cost just to do reballing? thanks

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  9. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    @ Luke Lang:
    Are you using too much flux you only need a tiny amount? Is your stencil clean? Are your balls clean and fresh? Are you using a good jig like the silver one I use?
    Are you using the correct size balls either .55mm or .60mm ?

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  10. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I am having a super hard time getting all the solder balls to fall through once I lift the stencil off. There's at least 20 balls that get stuck each time and I've tried 3 different ways at least ten times. Also in having a problem with more than one ball going through the hole. Please help if you know anything to fix this. Thanks.

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  11. Rey Garza
    Rey Garza 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    There are very few people in this world that impress me, but you sir are now one of them, excellent video, and if my PS3 doesn't start working after I redo the thermal paste, I may be sending it to you!

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  12. kristokal
    kristokal 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Great video, I am trying to invest in a rework station myself so I can reball would you recommend any in particular?

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  13. Ty Robinson
    Ty Robinson 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Hey, what do you use for reattachment of gpu? I use RMA 99 liquid flux.

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  14. Mike Studmuffin
    Mike Studmuffin 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Why not kingbo for reattaching the chip?

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  15. Tyshown Ramirez
    Tyshown Ramirez 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    thank god that chip is replaceable if u damage it

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  16. David Jones
    David Jones 13 January, 2022, 18:01
  17. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    The yellow light is just a general error meaning something is wrong. Generally speaking if there is a 3-4 second delay it can mean a bad connection on the gpu but this is just a guideline. An instant light can mean a dead or damaged component including the gpu, but this is not a rule by any means I see many that have an instant light and just simply need a reball. I also see some with a good delay where the gpu is not the culprit.

    But yes it can be a good indicator.

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  18. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    As wide as you can Find. I really like MG Chem Super Wick .125

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  19. callofdutywhiteop
    callofdutywhiteop 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    what size wick for cleaning the motherboard

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  20. David Jones
    David Jones 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    If the YLOD occurs before or as soon as the console is powered on does it mean anything particular as compared to the YLOD happening after a couple seconds of turning it on? Is the GPU still most likely the culprit?

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  21. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Alright man, thanks.

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  22. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    What you set it for is different for every workstation and environment. What your shooting for is a reading of 190-200 on top of the board reading with your top TC. So just run your bottom heater and ramp it up till you get steady 190-200C and then set your bottom to that everytime.

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  23. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    The heater underneath the board. What should i have it set to when removing the chip? What should it be for reattaching?

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  24. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I'm not sure what you mean by "plate"?

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  25. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    So what should i have the plate heated to when removing and reattaching the chip?

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  26. DDICyber
    DDICyber 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    nice reballing i also reball but it is a precies job the most of reball that i have done is a ho dv900 nvidia g8400

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  27. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I don;t know if that's a good idea. Heating the chip or the board rapidly can cause it to popcorn and blister. The whole point of the station is gradual, even, and gentle heat.

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  28. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I use a rosin based liquid no clean flux and a good amount of it. Atm my choice is Insat super flux.
    I usually clean the motherboard first while its still cooling to make it easier, then cool and clean it, then add my solder and my reballed chip and run the profile again.

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  29. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    What kind of flux did you use to reattach the chip if any? And should i have the board still being heated by my plate while reattaching and cleaning the solder off it in the first stage?

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  30. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Could i use my hot air gun? And can i use the hot air gun to re attach it to the board? Ive done infrared before but i wanna try hot air. How long do you think i should keep it on.. And what temp on the gun?

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  31. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    I just align it as close as I can to the marker in the corner it will pull itself perfectly into place when you melt the solder. As for cleaning the board I use micro fiber towels from the car dept and 91% alcohol. I clean it when it cool of course. I have my hot air station set to 2.5 airflow and 480c when I attach the balls. As for lifting the chip I don;t use hot air I use Infrared.

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  32. Luke Lang
    Luke Lang 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    How close should we have the chip when we re attach it.. Does it matter if its not lined up perfect? And would i be able to use like a dish rag to wipe it down? And what is your air gun set to when you first take the chip off the board? Whats it set to when you reattach?

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  33. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    That was my phone ringing while I was using it to record

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  34. The Computer Guy
    The Computer Guy 13 January, 2022, 18:01
  35. Carlos M Urbaez
    Carlos M Urbaez 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    hey my meng, ping me up please. how much do you charge for this service ? cheers

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  36. ZombieSlayer
    ZombieSlayer 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    1:57 WTF was that?… lol.

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  37. Christopher Delcastillo
    Christopher Delcastillo 13 January, 2022, 18:01

    Your shop is in NYC?

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