Bad capacitor replacement?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by ~misfit~, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. ~misfit~

    ~misfit~ Guest

    I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    (Tried with three different PSUs).

    I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it myself?
    (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the right
    price?)

    It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run a
    Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the CPU/adapter
    to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so would like to
    explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this board.

    As usual, all input gratefully recieved.

    Regards,
    --
    ~misfit~
    ~misfit~, Nov 27, 2003
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  2. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 03:05:36 +1300, ~misfit~ wrote:

    > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before,
    > I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board.


    The boards are 4 layers. DO NOT attempt to rework them without a
    professional desoldering station fitted with vaccum pump (Pace, etc)

    Using a solder sucker or solder wick will not usually free the legs up
    completely and then there _will_ be damage to the through-hole plating as
    the caps are removed, possibly resulting in the plating breaking away from
    the board layer it's attached to.

    You _may_ get lucky if you don't use the right tools, but then you may end
    up with a paperweight too. The decision is yours.
    Uncle StoatWarbler, Nov 27, 2003
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  3. ~misfit~

    The Flash Guest

    I would be willing to remove, test and refit or replace any bad capacitors,
    email me at


    "~misfit~" <~misfit~@his_desk.com> wrote in message
    news:punxb.11612$...
    > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >
    > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it

    myself?
    > (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the

    right
    > price?)
    >
    > It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run

    a
    > Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the CPU/adapter
    > to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so would like

    to
    > explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this board.
    >
    > As usual, all input gratefully recieved.
    >
    > Regards,
    > --
    > ~misfit~
    >
    >
    The Flash, Nov 27, 2003
    #3
  4. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 04:52:26 +1300, The Flash wrote:

    > I would be willing to remove, test and refit or replace any bad
    > capacitors,


    Huh?

    If they're builging, they're fucked.

    If any one brand of caps is bulging, the rest of the caps in the board of
    the same brand are suspect and should be replaced on spec.

    I've been down this road with the original leaking capacitor problem 20
    years ago(*). Replacing only the ones which seem bad results in repeated
    service calls.

    Change the lot and be done with it. The extra labour cost of _one_ repeat
    to change more caps out will outweigh the extra costs of doing them all at
    once.


    (*) Black plastic bodied Japanese caps(**) fitted by the thousand into AWA
    landmobile equipment (base stations and car kit). I reworked at least 200
    model 2280 receivers because of these buggers and some of them came from
    places which cost 2 hours of $1000/hour helicopter time to get at.

    (**) Can't remember the brand. They were fully sealed and would literally
    crack open, dumping their guts all over the surrounding area.


    There are a number of brands mentioned on the net in conjunction with this
    latest round of problems, all of whom bought their electrolyte from the
    same pirate. I've encountered other unmentioned brands too - and boards
    wtih bulgy caps dating from as far back as 1998, not the claimed March
    2000 onset of the issue....

    Check your PSUs too, if they're of that era. Quite a few have burned up or
    failed.
    Uncle StoatWarbler, Nov 27, 2003
    #4
  5. ~misfit~

    Bret Guest

    On Thu, 27 Nov 2003 19:07:03 +0100, "Uncle StoatWarbler"
    <> wrote:

    >Check your PSUs too, if they're of that era. Quite a few have burned up or
    >failed.


    I have a '99 hyena from a customer with the brown goo leaking out the
    top.
    Bret, Nov 27, 2003
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  6. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 03:05:36 +1300, "~misfit~" <~misfit~@his_desk.com> wrote:

    >I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    >domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    >(Tried with three different PSUs).
    >
    >I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    >may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    >Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    >service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it myself?
    >(And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the right
    >price?)
    >
    >It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run a
    >Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the CPU/adapter
    >to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so would like to
    >explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this board.
    >
    >As usual, all input gratefully recieved.
    >
    >Regards,




    Take it back Abit fitted these Bad Caps, complely covered by the C.G.A..


    DO NOT TRY AND REPAIR IT, PLUS ITS HARD TO GET THE CORRECT CAPS..
    Gregory Parker, Nov 27, 2003
    #6
  7. ~misfit~

    Mainlander Guest

    In article <Punxb.11612$>,
    ~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >
    > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it myself?
    > (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the right
    > price?)


    The boards have multiple layer traces, working on one of these would be
    quite a specialised task. I doubt any home hobbyust would have the gear
    to do it.
    Mainlander, Nov 27, 2003
    #7
  8. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 12:43:13 +1300, Mainlander <*@*.*> wrote:

    >In article <Punxb.11612$>,
    >~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    >> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    >> domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    >> (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>
    >> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    >> may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    >> Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    >> service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it myself?
    >> (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the right
    >> price?)

    >
    >The boards have multiple layer traces, working on one of these would be
    >quite a specialised task. I doubt any home hobbyust would have the gear
    >to do it.




    Yes very true and Speacial LOW ESR Elec Caps that you can't just buy here
    over the counter, but can from RS or Farnel.
    Gregory Parker, Nov 28, 2003
    #8
  9. ~misfit~

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Mainlander wrote:
    > In article <Punxb.11612$>,
    > ~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    >> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten
    >> are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds
    >> or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>
    >> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    >> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm
    >> in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could
    >> provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I
    >> just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place for a
    >> novice to get the caps at the right price?)

    >
    > The boards have multiple layer traces, working on one of these would
    > be quite a specialised task. I doubt any home hobbyist would have the
    > gear to do it.


    I realise it isn't just like soldering two wires together. I have a
    fine-tipped, low-wattage soldering iron and a mate who has a solder-sucker
    that I can borrow (He has quite a well equiped soldering-station actually,
    he used to design and build his own PCBs, I might have to attempt it at his
    place or get him to do it). I'm still waiting to hear back from 'The Flash'
    on his offer of looking at it for me.

    It all depends on the price of the replacement caps really. I can get a new
    Tualatin-compatible mobo for $125 delivered. It's just that it doesn't have
    on-board RAID and uses a VIA chip-set.

    LOL, I've actually replaced a cap before by ripping off the 'cap' and
    soldering a new one to the pins left protruding from the board. Not very
    elegant but it worked at the time. Not sure I'd like to do that to 20+ caps
    though. ;-)

    Cheers,
    --
    ~misfit~
    ~misfit~, Nov 28, 2003
    #9
  10. ~misfit~

    Mainlander Guest

    In article <PoAxb.12276$>,
    ~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    > Mainlander wrote:
    > > In article <Punxb.11612$>,
    > > ~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    > >> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten
    > >> are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds
    > >> or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    > >>
    > >> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    > >> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm
    > >> in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could
    > >> provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I
    > >> just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place for a
    > >> novice to get the caps at the right price?)

    > >
    > > The boards have multiple layer traces, working on one of these would
    > > be quite a specialised task. I doubt any home hobbyist would have the
    > > gear to do it.

    >
    > I realise it isn't just like soldering two wires together. I have a
    > fine-tipped, low-wattage soldering iron and a mate who has a solder-sucker
    > that I can borrow (He has quite a well equiped soldering-station actually,
    > he used to design and build his own PCBs, I might have to attempt it at his
    > place or get him to do it). I'm still waiting to hear back from 'The Flash'
    > on his offer of looking at it for me.


    I'd take note of what Alan said in his post about repairing these things.
    If you damage the internal traces there's no way of repairing them, so
    you'd want to be pretty sure what you're doing.
    Mainlander, Nov 28, 2003
    #10
  11. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 07:22:06 GMT, (Steve Robertson) wrote:

    >
    >>
    >>I realise it isn't just like soldering two wires together. I have a
    >>fine-tipped, low-wattage soldering iron and a mate who has a solder-sucker
    >>that I can borrow (He has quite a well equiped soldering-station actually,

    >
    >It is still VERY hard to desolder these caps even with a soldering station.
    >The hole isnt wide enouth to suck the solder througth. The board seems to
    >act like a big heatsink making it hard to melt the solder all the way through.
    >
    >I have a suspicion that PC Company boards will soon start having this fault
    >in a big way. Ive seen 3 in 3 weeks (all the same brand board, known for the caps problem)
    >
    >You have nothing to loose by trying (give that it may almost be cheaper to replace than have it
    >repaired)




    No its fully covered under the G.G.A. as they new about these Faulty caps and
    did not recall the Boards..
    Gregory Parker, Nov 28, 2003
    #11

  12. >
    >I realise it isn't just like soldering two wires together. I have a
    >fine-tipped, low-wattage soldering iron and a mate who has a solder-sucker
    >that I can borrow (He has quite a well equiped soldering-station actually,


    It is still VERY hard to desolder these caps even with a soldering station.
    The hole isnt wide enouth to suck the solder througth. The board seems to
    act like a big heatsink making it hard to melt the solder all the way through.

    I have a suspicion that PC Company boards will soon start having this fault
    in a big way. Ive seen 3 in 3 weeks (all the same brand board, known for the caps problem)

    You have nothing to loose by trying (give that it may almost be cheaper to replace than have it
    repaired)
    Steve Robertson, Nov 28, 2003
    #12
  13. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 17:46:39 +1300, "~misfit~" <~misfit~@his_desk.com> wrote:

    >Mainlander wrote:
    >> In article <Punxb.11612$>,
    >> ~misfit~@his_desk.com says...
    >>> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten
    >>> are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds
    >>> or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>>
    >>> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    >>> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm
    >>> in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could
    >>> provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I
    >>> just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place for a
    >>> novice to get the caps at the right price?)

    >>
    >> The boards have multiple layer traces, working on one of these would
    >> be quite a specialised task. I doubt any home hobbyist would have the
    >> gear to do it.

    >
    >I realise it isn't just like soldering two wires together. I have a
    >fine-tipped, low-wattage soldering iron and a mate who has a solder-sucker
    >that I can borrow (He has quite a well equiped soldering-station actually,
    >he used to design and build his own PCBs, I might have to attempt it at his
    >place or get him to do it). I'm still waiting to hear back from 'The Flash'
    >on his offer of looking at it for me.
    >
    >It all depends on the price of the replacement caps really. I can get a new
    >Tualatin-compatible mobo for $125 delivered. It's just that it doesn't have
    >on-board RAID and uses a VIA chip-set.
    >
    >LOL, I've actually replaced a cap before by ripping off the 'cap' and
    >soldering a new one to the pins left protruding from the board. Not very
    >elegant but it worked at the time. Not sure I'd like to do that to 20+ caps
    >though. ;-)
    >
    >Cheers,



    Take the MoBo back is covered under the C.G.A, due to fitting faulty
    components..

    The Importers are 100% liable for these faults, as Abit should have recalled
    all these boards.

    To try and remove those Caps, You will also need a Pace solder sucker, then
    you will have problems getting the Caps off the shelf here, only from RS &
    Farnel, they are Low ESR ones and not cheap..

    If you have never worked on multi layers PCB's then don't try to.
    Robin Wheeler, Nov 28, 2003
    #13
  14. ~misfit~

    Jay Guest

    ~misfit~ wrote:

    > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >
    > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it
    > myself? (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at
    > the right price?)
    >
    > It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run
    > a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the
    > CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so
    > would like to explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this
    > board.
    >
    > As usual, all input gratefully recieved.


    Just clip off the old capacitor leaving a bit of a lead.
    Then solder the new capacitor onto the old leads.
    No need to suck the solder out of the multi-layer holes or anything like
    that.
    Jay, Nov 28, 2003
    #14
  15. ~misfit~

    Mainlander Guest

    In article <>, says...
    > ~misfit~ wrote:
    >
    > > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    > > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    > > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    > >
    > > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    > > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    > > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    > > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it
    > > myself? (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at
    > > the right price?)
    > >
    > > It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run
    > > a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the
    > > CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so
    > > would like to explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this
    > > board.
    > >
    > > As usual, all input gratefully recieved.

    >
    > Just clip off the old capacitor leaving a bit of a lead.
    > Then solder the new capacitor onto the old leads.
    > No need to suck the solder out of the multi-layer holes or anything like
    > that.


    The reason they are not soldered on with long leads in the first place
    are very sound, including:

    1. mechanical strength.
    2. The long leads are more likely to get bent and short against each
    other or other nearby caps.
    3. At the frequencies that an average PC runs at, short lead lengths are
    very important to keep things stable.
    Mainlander, Nov 28, 2003
    #15
  16. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 23:23:23 +1300, Mainlander <*@*.*> wrote:

    >In article <>, says...
    >> ~misfit~ wrote:
    >>
    >> > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    >> > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    >> > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >> >
    >> > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    >> > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    >> > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    >> > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it
    >> > myself? (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at
    >> > the right price?)
    >> >
    >> > It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run
    >> > a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the
    >> > CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so
    >> > would like to explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this
    >> > board.
    >> >
    >> > As usual, all input gratefully recieved.

    >>
    >> Just clip off the old capacitor leaving a bit of a lead.
    >> Then solder the new capacitor onto the old leads.
    >> No need to suck the solder out of the multi-layer holes or anything like
    >> that.

    >
    >The reason they are not soldered on with long leads in the first place
    >are very sound, including:
    >
    >1. mechanical strength.
    >2. The long leads are more likely to get bent and short against each
    >other or other nearby caps.



    >3. At the frequencies that an average PC runs at, short lead lengths are
    >very important to keep things stable.



    Yes this is a MUST..
    Gregory Parker, Nov 28, 2003
    #16
  17. ~misfit~

    harry Guest

    Mainlander wrote:
    > In article <>, says...
    >> ~misfit~ wrote:
    >>
    >>> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones
    >>> ten are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30
    >>> seconds or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>>
    >>> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    >>> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board.
    >>> I'm in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who
    >>> could provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or
    >>> should I just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place
    >>> for a novice to get the caps at the right price?)
    >>>
    >>> It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up
    >>> to run a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get
    >>> the CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at
    >>> the moment so would like to explore the option of getting the caps
    >>> replaced in this board.
    >>>
    >>> As usual, all input gratefully recieved.

    >>
    >> Just clip off the old capacitor leaving a bit of a lead.
    >> Then solder the new capacitor onto the old leads.
    >> No need to suck the solder out of the multi-layer holes or anything
    >> like that.

    >
    > The reason they are not soldered on with long leads in the first place
    > are very sound, including:
    >
    > 1. mechanical strength.
    > 2. The long leads are more likely to get bent and short against each
    > other or other nearby caps.
    > 3. At the frequencies that an average PC runs at, short lead lengths
    > are very important to keep things stable.


    What ? The electrolytics aren't in any high frequency circuitry.
    They are just power supply filtering.
    harry, Nov 28, 2003
    #17
  18. On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 23:59:58 +1300, "harry" <> wrote:

    >
    >
    >Mainlander wrote:
    >> In article <>, says...
    >>> ~misfit~ wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones
    >>>> ten are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30
    >>>> seconds or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>>>
    >>>> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    >>>> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board.
    >>>> I'm in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who
    >>>> could provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or
    >>>> should I just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place
    >>>> for a novice to get the caps at the right price?)
    >>>>
    >>>> It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up
    >>>> to run a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get
    >>>> the CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at
    >>>> the moment so would like to explore the option of getting the caps
    >>>> replaced in this board.
    >>>>
    >>>> As usual, all input gratefully recieved.
    >>>
    >>> Just clip off the old capacitor leaving a bit of a lead.
    >>> Then solder the new capacitor onto the old leads.
    >>> No need to suck the solder out of the multi-layer holes or anything
    >>> like that.

    >>
    >> The reason they are not soldered on with long leads in the first place
    >> are very sound, including:
    >>
    >> 1. mechanical strength.
    >> 2. The long leads are more likely to get bent and short against each
    >> other or other nearby caps.
    >> 3. At the frequencies that an average PC runs at, short lead lengths
    >> are very important to keep things stable.

    >
    >What ? The electrolytics aren't in any high frequency circuitry.
    >They are just power supply filtering.
    >



    They are part of the HF PSU circuitry that is used to supply the CPU etc..

    It uses a Very high frequency Chopper type PSU..



    Plus they are also used to filter out the High Frequency noise that comes from
    the main PSU..

    You do need to read more about computers are take up a different trade.
    Gregory Parker, Nov 28, 2003
    #18
  19. ~misfit~

    DaveD Guest

    ~misfit~ wrote:
    >
    > I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten are
    > domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds or so.
    > (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >
    > I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo before, I
    > may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm in South
    > Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could provide this
    > service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I just attempt it myself?
    > (And where would be the best place for a novice to get the caps at the right
    > price?)
    >
    > It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up to run a
    > Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get the CPU/adapter
    > to run in any of the other boards I have here at the moment so would like to
    > explore the option of getting the caps replaced in this board.
    >
    > As usual, all input gratefully recieved.
    >
    > Regards,
    > --
    > ~misfit~


    Misfit,
    Have a read of this

    http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/resource/feb03/ncap.html

    then contact your favourite Abit dealer / agent / distributor. Repair,
    replacement or refund are their options.

    As happens occasionally, Woger is right!

    Regards
    DaveD
    DaveD, Nov 28, 2003
    #19
  20. ~misfit~

    ~misfit~ Guest

    DaveD wrote:
    > ~misfit~ wrote:
    >>
    >> I have a mobo here that has bad caps. Of the 25 or so large ones ten
    >> are domed or bulging. The PC spontaneously re-boots after 30 seconds
    >> or so. (Tried with three different PSUs).
    >>
    >> I haven't attempted doing anything like replacing caps on a mobo
    >> before, I may be capable of it but would hate to risk the board. I'm
    >> in South Auckland, does anyone know of an outfit or person who could
    >> provide this service and any idea what it would cost? Or should I
    >> just attempt it myself? (And where would be the best place for a
    >> novice to get the caps at the right price?)
    >>
    >> It's not really a throw-away board, it's an Abit BX133 RAID, set up
    >> to run a Tualatin CPU. (Upgradeware 370 adapter). I'm unable to get
    >> the CPU/adapter to run in any of the other boards I have here at the
    >> moment so would like to explore the option of getting the caps
    >> replaced in this board.
    >>
    >> As usual, all input gratefully recieved.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> --
    >> ~misfit~

    >
    > Misfit,
    > Have a read of this
    >
    > http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/resource/feb03/ncap.html
    >
    > then contact your favourite Abit dealer / agent / distributor. Repair,
    > replacement or refund are their options.
    >
    > As happens occasionally, Woger is right!


    Awesome, thanks for the link. I'll look into it.

    Cheers,
    --
    ~misfit~
    ~misfit~, Nov 28, 2003
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