Ok, the xbox360 was just recently launched in Brazil, but many ppl had already imported the console a year or half a year before..
The problem is that lots and lots of consoles started failing due to problems with the xbox solder. Brazil is a tropical country, and it's common to see temperatures going above 40ºC especially in summer, and the xbox360 using a lead free solder is suffering heavy stress due do constant overheating of the consoles here.. and thus the high rate of "3 red lights of death".
Ok, since Microsoft Brazil refuses do suport imported consoles (who knows why..) some eletronic shops are starting to specialize in repairs, Owning 2 broken consoles myself I was searching brazillian forum for info on what to do when I strumble upon this thread:
Here I'll post the pics and translate the first post
Lifting the "little bastard"
This is a bit hot, but nothing that some pre heating can't solve!
The BRUTAL difference between the lead free solder and the normal one with lead that the industry knows and is used to work for YEARS!
Both already cold!
Some dots really BLACK shows the oxidations caused by short-circuits generated on the dots in the GPU.
Now the Reballing, we cleaned everything and replaced the spheres, here it's almost ready:
Now the GPU with 100% new spheres using normal solder (with lead)
And this one is for you pacote!!!
If it wasn't for the critcism I would never feel motivated to go further each time!!!
Just complementing, it seems that there is a law in the US that prohibts the use of LEAD on eletronic components used by children, and therefore m$ is using some really crappy solder for the GPU, resulting in all those failures we are seeing, (especially 0102).
Brazil been hot like it is just adds insult to the injury, many many imported consoles have failed (BOTH MINE FAILED) and we are finally getting some hope for repairs since microsoft trew us aside..
ps: A little video on BGA, helps to understand what is going on..
Edited by BlackOmega, 15 January 2007 - 12:09 PM.