XO 1.5 Solder Reflow in Toaster Oven

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Sun Aug 21 01:11:01 EDT 2011

On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM, Anna <aschoolf at gmail.com> wrote:
> A while ago, both my XO 1.5 units from the contributor's program pooped
> out.  Wouldn't boot at all.  My friend kevix said he had a similar issue
> with his and that it was a solder issue.
> I was going to send them back to Holt, but then I read about solder reflow.
> So, I took the mobo out of one of the XO 1.5 units, broke it down to just
> the board and nothing else, then put it in the toaster.  On a metal pan
> supported by four balls of tin foil:  385F for 8 mins.  Put everything back
> together and, to my complete and utter astonishment, it booted.  In fact,
> I'm typing this email on it now.
> My question is, has anyone else ever tried this and, if so, are there more
> optimal time/temperature parameters.  I still have the other XO 1.5 unit to
> attend to and I'd like to hear some feedback before baking it.
> Anna Schoolfield
> Birmingham
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Oh, this is phenomenally cool! Bake your laptop to fix it. Awesome :-)

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Professor, Information Systems
San Francisco State University

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