Originally Posted by TyrantII
The reflow (heatgun fix) is just time consuming and something you can do yourself if you don't mind tearing down electronics (ever build a PC?). It's only a temp fix, but some people have got a year+ out of it. At worst it'll give you a few days to back up any saves to PSPlus and/or a USB stick.
Reballing the solder is something you can't without specific tools to reset the chip, so you'd have to have someone else do it most likely.
Either method doesn't fix the tin solder joints on the rest of the motherboard or cell CPU. Only the RSX GFX chip.
I'd go with the reflow fix if you need to backup saves and then picking up a cheap slim if you're looking to get back in on last gen. Maybe even check craiglist, as plenty of people are dumping old units for next gen.
Thanks all for all the info.
Luckily, I think I have nearly all of my saves backed up - over time to my USB and to a PC, I did this as recently as a couple of months ago. I am actually on PS Plus for the time being so my most recent saves better be there on the cloud! Of course, those are the saves I care about most as those are the games I am still actively playing.
Yeah, I'll look up the heatgun, saw a video of someone doing it with a hairdryer, but yeah, it looks very temporary at best. I still want a good few years out of this, maybe more if my
kids take a liking to it, they are 6 and I haven't really exposed them to it yet, just very briefly.
Wow, it is going to take forever if I wanted to re-download all the DLC I had between games, add-on content, demos, videos, etc. I figure I will just cherry-pick what I would play/use most from the Transaction History.