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Scratched PS3 GPU PCB

By devilhunter
Feb 15, 2013
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  1. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    I dont know man, but I recommend not touching those components of a game system... they are meant to not be tampered with. How do you even know it is getting hot without monitoring temps?? It is meant to operate at high temps bud.
     
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Scratching the PCB should not hurt it in anyway since it is just silicon and unless you cross a metal area on the pcb I think you are fine.
     
  3. devilhunter

    devilhunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The system is dead, I managed to get a new chip though, I scratched probably 10-15 traces ! ( I need a microscope-lvl soldering tools to connect them! ) I contacted an Iphone repairing workshop, that uses such tools, however, the workers refused to help!. I managed to find a scraped board, I will continue my testing on Monday, thank you all for helping and sorry for my bad english.
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    No problem, best of luck. How old is your PS3? Maybe a warranty covers it? (I doubt it since that probably voids your warranty)
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    You generally have to cut pretty deep to cut through the traces.
    If you were trying to do it on purpose for example, you'd take an exacto or similar and run over the trace several times until you can put the knife under the trace and pull it up.
     
  6. devilhunter

    devilhunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's true, but somehow ps3 chip is different, I contacted a friend of mine, who works in a ps3 workshop, he told me that such things are very hard to fix and he could never ever fixed such problems. In addition, the console was working fine till I made that little scratch :(. I honestly think that maybe its a cpu error; I did a reflow on botch chips anyways.

    Again, thank you all, and sorry for my shitty english.
     
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,284   +157

    Conductive pen or pencil?
     
  8. devilhunter

    devilhunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I replaced the gpu, its not working. My diagnosis is, the system is selfaware and refuse to work. Im tired of this, by the way, what chips I have to take I I want to swap the cpu?!
     
  9. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 894   +173

    The PS3 is a integrated system. Hardware isn't made to be swappable. The only way you're going to change anything on that board is by soldering it on. With that said, unless you're some expert I wouldn't even attempt it.
     
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Was the original GPU soldered on?
     
     
  11. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 894   +173


    Well, I know from the couple PS3 systems I've opened up they were all integrated. I don't see why it would be any different for his. Also, he mentioned in one of his replies he needed 'microscope- level'(never heard of any such tool) soldering tools to reconnect them. So, I assume they were soldered on in the first place.
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    Do you think this may change from 1st gen ps3 to 2nd gen and then to 3rd gen? Maybe the 1st gen wasn't soldered on (this wouldn't make much sense) but as the generations got thinner they may have resorted to soldering? An interesting thought but I think they were all soldered talking from an electrical stand point.
     
  13. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 894   +173

    Well, I know that the FAT PS3 and Slim PS3 both have integrated components. I've opened up each in the past.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    I think that sony would rather have you buy a new one TBH.
     
  15. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    I would buy one since they are cutting prices by as much as 60% with the upcoming release of the PS4
     
  16. devilhunter

    devilhunter TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I replaced the chip by using a reballing machine, after all the trouble Ive been through, I contacted my friend who works in a workshop, we are going to reball or replace the cpu as a final attempt; however, we are going to do that in the next month, sometimes, its better to bury the deads :), I will post my results. Thank you all.
     


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