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Owwww....I've got swollen capacitors

By robo_dev ·
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I had a PC that was acting a bit flaky and sure enough, at least ten of the caps on the mobo are puffed up like fat-albert. (well the tops are dome-shaped where they should be flat, they don't actually resemble a portly fictional cartoon character).

As many of you know, there was a famous case of 'industrial espionage gone wrong'.

Back in 2001 or so, a scientist working for a company in Japan stole the formula to make capacitors and got it wrong, then sold the formula. Several Taiwanese manufacturers made tons of faulty caps as a result of using the faulty stolen formula.

I am tempted to simply start testing and swapping the faulty caps, but being lazy I guess I will just spend the $$ for a new mobo.

Personally I've seen caps in TV power supplies that popped open like soda cans, or exploded like firecrackers. Fun and exciting stuff. Once I had a motor-start cap on a garage-door opener **** up as I was on the ladder oiling the thing, but I digress.......

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