Reflowing Motherboards SMD Chips

Motherboard extra Crispy

I cam across a repair for some bad laptop motherboards. Some models of laptops have bad heatsinks for their Graphics chipsets. This heat can get so hot that it can melt the solder under the SMD chip and ball up and loose connection from the motherboard. The symptoms vary and basically are all of the tell tale symptoms of a bad motherboard.

This is a problem with IBM Think pad models T40, T41 and T42. Its also widely reported to be a problem for Some of the HP DV2000, DV6000 and DV9000 Series. The repair is not easy and requires an SMD rework station. Some technicians are able to reflow the SMD Chip solder with a heat gun. This is a dangerous repair and requires the technician to heat the motherboard enough to melt the solder under the SMD Chip but not enough heat to burn the components or melt any of the plastic.  As you might expect this is a repair that takes some experience to complete reliably and some guts.

I am going to take on a few test repairs and see how they go. It should be interesting and a great service to anyone who needs this repair. If it gos well It will be nice to tell a customer they wont have to spend the extra money on a new motherboard.

Nutz at Night #19 – Fly Like A Rocket

nutzatnight-logo-220 This show went live at 11PM Eastern time at and is a part of the podnutz network. We start the show out with  one of my topics. I talk about my experiences working for a private investigator. I worked as an  under cover investigator. Part of my job was to write daily reports. These reports had to be detailed with what my day was like and what i did and saw. I go into detail how this simple task greatly improved my overall memory.
Steve tells his experiences with a small computer he purchased to watch flash video TV episodes and how it failed.

Another topic for me was why I really like Microsoft Streets and Trips as a GPS and my undieing love for Google Maps.

What I hate was about car lights and why they drive me nuts. Steves Like was a great free app called, Synergykm. Synergykm is a PC/MAC Virtual KVM Switch.

My like was how a youtube video called Extreme Base Jumping in Wing suits. Its some fantastic footage of base jumpers who literally fly around (for real) in special winged jumpsuits. The video demonstrates these jumpers flying next to mountains edges and move like rockets.
You can see this video below.

These are just some of the topics we had for the show.  You can download the audio portion of the show here.


Nutz at night Episode #17

nutzatnight-logo-220 This podcast was not recorded live due to the world series. We talk about google voice and its strange voice mail transcription. I mention one of my favorite websites Its a website that lists the various shortcuts through the “customer service” telephone systems to get to an actual live human being.  We also talk a bit about steampunk laptop modifications. These are just a few topics.

Checkout the podcast here.

Podnutz Episode 38: All Over The Place

podnutz-logo-220In this podcast We talk about my love affair with my Igo power adapter. Steves laptop repair videos. Computer virus cleanup issues. Some discussions about customer service and building a nice customer referral base.  I tell a few customer service stories. I also pass on a great video i found on youtube of a laptop battery fire. You can see the video here.

We talked about much more.

Listen to the whole recorded show here

I was one of the debaters on The great tech debate again.

The great tech debateI was one of the debaters on The great tech debate again. Its a video podcast where guests pick technology topics to debate about. The show I was on can be seen by clicking here or the logo.

My topic for debate was LCD panels. Matte finish vs. gloss finish. I didnt have much confidence with the topic. Apparently it was a good one because some of the debaters on the show were passionate. There was allot of people on the show and i think its a great one. You can view the recorded show’s live feed at ustream with this link. It was recorded at a small party and informal but worth a listen for sure if your a tech head.

You can hear the show live when it happens at The Great Tech Debate website.

Podnutz The Computer Repair Podcast and Technology Network

Podnutz = Great I would like to take the time to plug my favorite podcast podnutz. This post is long overdue.  I checked ITunes and this podcast has 67 5 Star reviews. Absolutely no one gave this podcast anything but glowing praise and its free.

Podnutz is a podcast for computer repair professionals and the computer enthusiast who would like to learn the ins and outs of many repair issues. The host (Steve Cherubino) is excellent. There’s no fluff or cheese in any of his podcasts. Steve is even a great interviewer and knows how to get excellent guests. All topics are relevant and up to date with today’s computer repair issues. Podnutz is technically a podcast network of many technology related topics.

I even somehow occasionally convince Steve Cherubino to have me on as a guest. Even more amazing is how Steve is fantastic enough to keep me on track and interesting enough to not completely humiliate myself! To bad my microphone makes me sound like a castrated midget. Hows that for self confidence? I’m getting better!

I’ve been in the computer repair business for 6 years and I am proud to admit I’m a better technician from this podcast.