Well, not blown like in "BAM", but oozing out electrolyte. Almost all of those on the mobo are encrusted with it. Started with only one of them I assume I broke during clean-up. I shoved it just a bit and it popped, already. Bad product? Symptoms (I guess): I need a dozen boots until XP is running. All of those things happen at random: * not even POSTing, but automatically rebooting * the above, but then crashing to a bluescreen * crashing during XP loading screen (bluescreen, reboot or complete freeze) * while rebooting, asking for normal windows start or safe mode, taking normal there's a checkdisk scan of drives D and E (nothing unusual, I know), then anything of the above can happen * skipping the check, ditto Bluescreen usually says something like this: * page fault in non-paged area * IRQL something error * nothing (just STOP error codes) * something else (I don't pay attention any more...) Linux doesn't run any more at all (Suse 9.0 crash message). If XP is running it usually doesn't crash (sometimes it does, though) and a restart is going through with no problem. I can be fairly certain that there's a connection between the cracked capacitors and this booting behaviour, right? A few more questions: 1) Is this unhealthy? For me, I mean. I guess not, but it can't hurt to ask. 2) Can you recommend any tools to measure temperature in various hardware and the case? I'm not sure, perhaps they have blown because of heat. 3) If I need to change hardware, what's the latest? I don't catch up with that any more. Didn't change this system in almost 3 years, I believe. :rolleyes: Might upgrade the CPU and put some more RAM into it while I'm at it.