Discussion in 'Hardware Discussion & Support' started by Sic Puppy, Dec 5, 2011.
That stuff on top is leaking fluid (now dried) Those caps are bad.....
Good eye Tipstaff
Well spotted Tipstaff and thanks for the help everyone (+rep on the way). Guess the next job is dropping the bad news
Cheers againg guys!
I was specifically looking at the ones around the RAM / main power connector, and the CPU, so I didn't notice this one near the graphics slot. I think it's just dust, but I can't tell for sure.
It's worth noting the location of that cap, btw, as it's most likely responsible for the power going to the graphics slot.
Nope you got it right, it's another knackered capacitor.
What's the motherboard?
It's an Acer MCP73T
And it's in an Acer X1700 machine.
Will hit the chap up about it tomorrow as to replace the knackered bits (MB, RAM, GFX and a new case) is not all that expensive. Can get all that for around NZ$290
It's possible the RAM and video card are fine, but you won't know unless you test them on another machine.
Do take note of something: this issue could be the result of a bad power supply. It's too much of a coincidence that 2 caps failed in key areas where they are highly relied upon, and given the reason those caps are there in the first place makes me thing they were getting hit pretty hard by bad incoming power. So, either the PSU is bad, or the power source is bad.
On the other I've seen a lot of boards with that particular brand of capacitors on them fail all the time, so it could just be as simple as a bad motherboard, but I just wouldn't bet new components to find out if I was right or not about the PSU.
Cheers for that Tipstaff....
The case would be coming with a new PSU anyway so the everything power related would be new, except for the power outlet.
Test the power outlet..... Voltage fluctuation there, especially overvoltage, can cause this as well. I've had it happen.
I'm off round his this weekend so I'll take my volt meter along.
Same here with a friend, although his situation was.. bizzare: no ground in ANY outlet. He lived in an apartment that was never updated, so every outlet was 2 pronged. Kept frying his PSU and/or motherboard every year until I had him get the landlord to run a ground for the outlet where his computer was located. It's been 10 years, and his mom still has the same PC I sold them at that time.
Something to consider, Sic Puppy, is to have your friend invest in a battery backup, specifically one that does voltage regulation or AVR. Something like APC's BACK-UPS Pro 1000, however guys like Cyberpower, Tripplite, and Opti all have battery backups that have AVR included in them, some cost less too. It's the best investment he'll ever make. I can't tell you how many times both of mine have saved my butt. Another idea would be to see about getting an AVR only box, like the Opti AVR-SS1200 for very little money (over here it sells for $30). You won't get the battery backup feature, but if you find his power to be bad, and he's strapped for cash, this might be an option for him.
Thanks for the tip, Tipstaff. I'll pass that recommendation on.
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