[rescue] Sun Ultra 20s on surpluscomputers.com

Ian Finder ian.finder at gmail.com
Fri Sep 3 22:56:43 CDT 2010

I have to take issue with that-- I just pulled 30 270s from the UW with bad
caps that still run. Frequent hardlocks, but they still operate. (But are
starting to fail more severely) Many are on their second motherboards, and
every one has bulging or leaking caps. The issue is huge.

Ian Finder
ian.finder at gmail.com

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On Sep 3, 2010, at 6:53 PM, Francois Dion <francois.dion at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM, Richard <legalize at xmission.com> wrote:
>> In article <AANLkTinWW+4dQCzZHjR32b8Hu0K-+LRmqob2N1yQNe4q at mail.gmail.com>,
>>   Ian Finder <ian.finder at gmail.com>  writes:
>>>> I base that price on single core Dell Optiplex GX270s selling for about
> $12
>> 9
>>>> on the used market.
>>> Jesus, really? My group is about to pitch about 30 of them because
>>> we're fscking sick of them developing bad caps... We assumed they're
>>> completely worthless.
>> I work with a non-profit that recycles/refurbishes computers for
>> non-profits and low income folks.  They were refurbing GX270s
>> initially until they found that they all failed within a short time of
>> being refurbed.  Now they're all on the recycle path.
> If any 270 lasted this long, it more than likely doesn't have the bad
> caps. We are talking about machines failing due to Nichicon (a really
> good manufacturer, so really something unusual) caps from a specific
> batch (2 runs to be precise), made 6 years ago. The last board with
> these caps shipped over 5 years ago and most MBs were replaced under
> warranty (they were failing within the year). The large number of
> gx270 we got back then are still running, 24/7/365, i'm pretty
> confident they dont have the faulty caps. You can contact Dell and
> check with which motherboard serial # the bad batch ended.
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