Attempting this method will void all warranties with your PS3 and should only be taken as a last resort.
The “reflow” method will melt the thermal past and allow you to reset the heat sinks allowing for a more efficient heat flow. The best guide I’ve found is here which does a great job detailing the step by step process.
Stuff You’ll Need
Heat Gun (No a Hair Dryer Won’t Work)
Are you sure I can’t use a hair dryer?
The burning point of hair is somewhere around 140°F, so I assume the average hairdryer does not even get that hot. Solder in general will not even begin to soften or melt until about 190°F, and that’s for cheap stuff. Alloys that melt between 180 and 190 °C (360 and 370°F) are the most commonly used. Basically, no.
Ok seems simple enough right? Now that you’ve got all the stuff and ideally have fixed your own system now what?
It’s time to put your experience to work and do what I love to do, MAKE MONEY!
3 ways to make money from PS3 reflow knowledge
1. Start a repair service. You have all the equipment so you can advertise your services on a site like ebay and attempt to fix broken kits. Just make sure you have a disclaimer that not all systems can be repaired. Offer a50% refund in cases that repair isn’t successful to keep your customers happy.
2. Repair and Sell PS3. There is a little more risk here since you will have to buy “broken” PS3′s but if you can fix them you should be able to sell them for a lot more that your purchase price. Look for systems that are considered broken that people are selling for parts, attempt a reflow and if it doesn’t work keep the parts for other repairs.
3. Extend Your Skill Set. The principles of the PS3 reflow method work on any overheating system.