Leaking capacitors muck up motherboards

By Eric Legge
May 27, 2003
  1. This is a useful article.

    "Finger-pointing and fury as manufacturers try to dodge blame

    "It has all the elements of a good thriller: a stolen secret formula, bungled corporate espionage, untraceable goods, and lone wolves saving the little guy from the misdeeds of multinational corporations. In this case, a mistake in the stolen formulation of the electrolyte in a capacitor has wrecked hundreds of PCs and may wreck still more in what is an industrywide problem." -

  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    That story has already been covered here ...

    mobo problems beyond belief

    It wasn't just PC mainboards that were affected, but other non-computer consumer electronic devices also suffered from these defective caps, though to a lesser extent
  3. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    yes, my friends Abit SA6-R had the problem but my youngest daughter is still running my SA6-R with no problems so far. Back then when I had the system it ran 24/7 for a year and a half. Guess I got mine before the counterfeit caps got around.

    If you can solder, even half-a$$ed, you can easily replace the caps yourself.
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    More scandal ...

    IBM's capacitors are dodgy too, but it's hushed up.

    Many users also complain of Sony Playstation 2's giving up the ghost after about a year. I wonder if they also suffer from this problem (note: there is no evidence that they do, but it doesn't half make you wonder).
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    One capacitor made by Lelon just exploded last night here.. Can anyone name a high quality capacitor brand?
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    Nichion <sp>?

    Too lazy to pull my box out of the desk, open it up and look at the name but I think that's what they are.
  7. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Rubycon, as now used by Abit and others.

    Also, Nichicon, as pointed out by Tarkus.
  8. tb421ny

    tb421ny TS Rookie

    Rubycon is the best brand of wet caps. Polys have a better life but are expensive and hard to find. Samxon are also good. The best place to find them is thecapkingDOTcom. You can also try badcapsDOTnet, Mouser, digikey
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