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ghetto reflow banana bread

solder reflowing is the method used to attach tiny surface mount chips to circuit boards. when this method is done properly it is very technical. i guess and do it while making banana bread.

my little sister’s Compaq Presario V3000 exhibited a common problem. if moved while operating it would crash, freeze or reset. eventually it would not power on. i found the service guide and disassembled the laptop unsuccessfully looking for loose connectors. next guess was broken connections between the surface mount components and the circuit board. not easy to fix. instead of throwing it away i decided to try ghetto reflowing the board while making banana bread. because i can.

1. strip down the motherboard. including cpu, ram, and fans
2. preheat oven to 350
3. make banana bread
4. place motherboard on a pan in the oven
5. turn the oven to 400 for a few minutes
6. shut off the oven and open the door to let it cool
7. do NOT move the motherboard until it is completely cooled
8. reassemble and enjoy banana bread

banana bread on top shelf motherboard on bottom shelf

booted and stable

banana bread dominated

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