[rescue] Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here
dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Thu May 4 23:34:05 CDT 2006
wa2egp at att.net wrote:
>> I have an Indy motherboard that had a surface-mount cap go south
>> (as in crack open and stink) that made the entire board inop. I found
>> the failure "by nose" -- quite literally -- the crack in the cap was
>> just about too small to see (and certainly too small to notice on a
>> quick visual inspection). There was some discolouration, so that
>> should have been a hint.
>> In any event, I suspect that if I replace it I'll have a good
>> spare motherboard. I just haven't gotten around to it yet....
> I should have said a chip ceramic capacitor. There are some "chip"
> electolytics. But still, it is rare. I have burnt out chip
> resistors. They use them as fuses on some boards. It's funny
> how many bad components you can find by smell and touch.
<grin> When fixing *old* pintables with power supply shorts,
the common technique is to replace the fuse for the failing
supply voltage with a *nail*... and wait for smoke! (it is
an unnerving process...)
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