820-00281 Wont post, PPM002 error

Hello. I got a 820-00281 board that looks very clean.I do not find any damage on the board at all. This macbook turns on, but will not boot to anything. When I try to start normally, it boots maybe about 40% and then turns off. If I hold the option key, The internal SSD does show up and if I try to boot into a Catalina installer, it makes it to the part where the grey background shows up on the installation screen, but then the computer turns off again. Same thing if you try and boot to USB copy of OSX. I was able to run diagnostic on this and it fails with error PPM002 "There may be an issue with a memory module". I then booted the board using a USB stick with memtest on it and ran the test and that also seems to fail. It stopped at 90% of the test with only 33% pass and over 10,000 errors. Sounds like a memory issue so would you recommend trying to reflow the ram chips or something else?



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Looks like RAM issue, but can also be CPU problem.
You can try to reflow DDR chips for test; be aware, no more than 180-200 degree, no need to melt the balls.

Did you try Windows, or Linux Live USB?
I tried to reflow ram chips at 200 degrees Celsius for 30 seconds each chip, but no change. Tried to boot into windows from and USB drive, and it actually made it to the login screen. As I was typing my password to login, it crashed on me with stop code MEMORY_MANAGEMENT. Is there anything else I can try with this one?
I had already tried that before posting but it did not help. I was checking some measurements on the board in diode mode and found that PP1V5R1V35_S0_GPU_MEM measures .031 in diode mode on this board and .165 on a good board. I still have 1.4 volts on that line, but the low diode mode reading makes me think UA400/450, UA500/550 are bad. Question I have is can these chips be replaced, or do they have some kind of firmware? I have the tools to do so, and I found a seller on Aliexpress that sells them. Samsung K4G41325FE-HC28


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Hi, by any chance could you let me know the diode mode readings of:


on your good board? I dont have one to test.



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"PP1V5R1V35_S0_GPU_MEM measures .031 in diode mode on this board and .165 on a good board."
Both boards have the same GPU type and VRAM size?
If yes, this could be sign of bad GPU, or VRAM chip.
Yea both boards are identical except that this one has Samsung ram and my other board has Elpida ram, but they are both 4GB chips. Was going to try removing each chip one by one and then seeing if the diode mode value goes up. If I do find that only one of the chips are bad, can I replace that one with a Elpida ram chip even though the other 3 are Samsung?


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"Was going to try removing each chip one by one and then seeing if the diode mode value goes up"
You've forgot UA000...