[rescue] Slightly OT: Bad Cap Saga

Brian Deloria bdeloria at gmail.com
Sun Aug 17 14:08:14 CDT 2008

The rash of bad caps a few years back would fail within months of use.
 It was a short period of time before it was discovered and corrected.

Amusingly enough a local college I had worked at had purchased around
1000 desktops that the motherboards were affected.  The VP/bean
counters wisdom decided not to opt for first year onsite as they had
in the past but instead go simply depot for the duration.  This took
months to rectify.

On 8/17/08, Curious George <jorge234q at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- On Sun, 8/17/08, Ethan O'Toole <ethan at 757tech.net> wrote:
>> > I'm seeing a *lot* of "broken devices" that *just* have
>> > bad electrolytics somewhere in the power supply, etc.
>> AFAIK electrolytic caps will *always* dry out, correct?
>> I mess with classic video games, and the first thing you always do on a
>> machine you just got is recap the monitor. Just did a donkey kong, and she
>> came out beautiful! Recapped the audio amp board, that fixed audio.
>> Recapped the monitor, that fixed picture. *shrug*
> But those are 20 - 30 year old machines!  I'm looking at devices
> with manufacturing dates of 2004, 2006, etc.
> Also, you'll note that most arcade pieces use 85C components
> (whereas all of these are 105C)
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