Originally Posted by Nichibotsu
yeah, i know, but throwing it in the oven and baking the motherboard should be done only in the worst case scenario of not being able to get a heat gun anywhere, because heating all the components to 180 °C puts a lot of strain on the motherboard, and may damage it... if you really want to go that way change the compound also under the northbridge heatsink, or the cooked compound won't work as well as before : )
I think both heat gun and oven method are a bit risky, as yourself said, with heat gun, there is a risk of damaging thermal sensor, warping heatsinks.
Even motherboard can warp.
On the other side, backing in oven you risk damaging capacitors and other components, thermal c., ......
No doubt the best and the most bullet proof way is professional reballing, but can be expensive and both heat gun and oven method leave a lot to be desired, as neither of them are permanent solutions.
Anyway, what I learned in the process is.
-it's a lot easier to clean thermal grease with non acetone based nail polish removers.
-don't overtighten the springs that hold the heatsinks to the board, as then there is no good contact between the CPU and heatsink.
The PS3 is then extremely loud.
Thumbs up for the guide !