[rescue] Slightly OT: Bad Cap Saga

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Sun Aug 17 22:01:50 CDT 2008

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:11:58AM -0700, Curious George wrote:
> I'm seeing a *lot* of "broken devices" that *just* have
> bad electrolytics somewhere in the power supply, etc.

A number of companies got hit by the "bad cap" problem a few years ago.
Apple had a documented recall on the first iMac G5 system boards; I had to
replace mine due to this problem.  Here's pictures:


Bulged caps:

My Dell Precision 360 at work lasted longer - it took 4.5 years for it to
finally blow some of the VRM caps after a power outage.


Bill Bradford 
Houston, Texas

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