So I was going to post this last week but things were busy at work and I haven't had time to post but I have been reading and seemed like a good few recent threads had things about reflowing chips. I'm not an expert (I hope more intelligent people on this can comment on this) but reflowing with a oven and/or a heat gun gets banded around sometimes like its a permanent fix for things and really at best in my experience it's only temporary (6 months was the best I got) before having to do it again. It's also a little worring to read when the op says something like they don't know what reflowing is and yet it's persued as the fix as you can easily do more damage to near by caps. I think it's also forgotten that it's the solder that's normally the flaw due to it being early lead free solder. In my opinion the only way to solve these problems associated with "just reflow it" is have someone desolder the chip in question, clean up the pads and resolder the chip with a proper BGA array. Now there are circumstances where just reflowing can be useful like in the case of my old PS3 as its a proprietary system turning it on is the only way to recover the data on the hdd. Anyway just thought this would be interesting to see what other people's views on this is as we all love our old machines and this kinda thing is only going to become more common over time.