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Is it true that if you preheat an xbox 360 mobo to about 190 degrees celsius you can undo the damage cause by warping? If this is true, how does it work?

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2011

    lololol. I didn't ask about modding consoles though, and wouldn't it be counterproductive if advice on how to repair a console is a TOS violation? Either way, thats fine. You did your best. I have a scrap board at home i can use; see how much abuse it can take.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2011

    Oh, and for future reference; it doesn't melt the connection back together. You'd be lucky to reach 100 degrees celsius with the console by overheating, and 190 isn't enough to melt the solder. You need to reach 217 degrees for the solder to reach liquidus.

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Hi edchen111,

This is only a temporary fix and really unstable with mixed results.Ssince sometimes the damage is caused by some connections shorting out and end up damaged, by heating it, it melts the connnection back together but it could also shor circuit other components, or the heat itself could damage the system.

The best way to go around this issue is by contacting tech support and getting it fixed by them or just replacing the system.

Hope this helped,
-Luchen

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2011

    Thanks, but i knew that already. I have a 0020 error, which is caused by a warped mainboard. What i meant was that i'm taking the mainboard out and bolting it TIGHTLY to a modified griddle (this achieves the same effect as using a $800 IR preheat station.).Then i'm heating the board to 190 degrees celsius, which is not hot enough for the solder to reach liquid state, or really even hot enough to damage anything on the underside of the board, for that matter. Hopefully, since heat and stress(caused by raised standoffs) inside the casing caused the warping to happen, i'm hoping that applying the same principle in reverse should "unwarp" it. I'm doing a proper reflow afterwards. either way, if i don't preheat the board before the reflow, i'm gonna end up warping it like a potato chip and causing thermal shock anyway...so should my idea work, even just in theory? Please don't give me that "call microsoft" ****; I make my money fixing and modding these things.

  • Luis Berrocal Mar 18, 2011

    Hi edchen111,

    I must admit i'm not qualified to handle this issue and giving support on manually repairing or modding consoles goes agaisnt our Terms of Use.

    I Apologize for the inconvinience,

    -Luchen

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