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memebr 02-27-2012 01:29 PM

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Sacon FZ... dont need to say anything else.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y87...927_054225.jpg

pdavid 03-18-2012 02:15 PM

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I don't usually take capacitors apart...
so here is a little Teapo/Yageo autospy. The SC series tends to develop various failures. One is a dried 1000/16 Teapo from psu's 5vsb. Bulging and dry.
Second is a 2700/6.3 Yageo from a socket A motherboard's vrm; Not bulging, but the capacitance is way up and has some sort of corrosion inside.

retiredcaps 03-18-2012 02:58 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pdavid (Post 225031)
Second is a 2700/6.3 Yageo from a socket A motherboard's vrm; Not bulging, but the capacitance is way up and has some sort of corrosion inside.

I'm glad you measured the capacitance and posted a screenshot. Virtually all my bad caps measure much lower in capacitance with a multimeter.

Tom66 was the first person that I know who said some of his failed caps showed higher capacitance. Now we have more evidence.

PeteS in CA 03-18-2012 04:00 PM

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I think the elevated capacitance indicates a 'lytic whose water-based electrolyte lacks the necessary inhibitor and is attacking the aluminum oxide dielectric layer. Thinning that will raise the capacitance while lowering the maximum volltage. That process would end when the maximum voltage fell below the circuit voltage, and the cap either vented or launched.

ben7 03-23-2012 06:54 PM

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Interesting, because that Yageo cap seems to have burnt the paper dielectric inside.

-Ben

PeteS in CA 03-24-2012 10:24 AM

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Failing 'lytics can get reeeeally hot if they don't vent quickly. OTOH, watching a 'lytic vent can be very entertaining.

Th3_uN1Qu3 03-24-2012 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by PeteS in CA (Post 226441)
OTOH, watching a 'lytic vent can be very entertaining.

Too bad they smell so nasty. Lytics with no vents are even more fun. :D

ben7 03-24-2012 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by PeteS in CA (Post 226441)
Failing 'lytics can get reeeeally hot if they don't vent quickly. OTOH, watching a 'lytic vent can be very entertaining.

huh, I thought they just always exploded.

So, if they get dried out then it will heat up instead of exploding?

-Ben

Scenic 03-25-2012 08:33 AM

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A 'lytic cap is basically just a roll of aluminum foil in a liquid with 2 wires attached (a bit (very) over-simplified)

If there's no liquid (electrolyte) left, it'll act as a heater till it burns out (given enough current)

mariushm 03-25-2012 09:22 AM

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It's not roll of aluminium if I remember correctly. It's roll of a dielectric (paper, film, other materials) and between layers of the roll there's electrolytic substance.

They explode when the electrolytic turns to gas and increases the pressure inside, causing the aluminum can to burst out of the bottom plastic or simply crack where the aluminium can has some flaw and the plastic bottom is too well locked in place..
They burn when they're shorted and the electrolytic leaked already through the vent or porous plastic bottom.

PeteS in CA 03-25-2012 11:51 AM

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Long, long ago in a thread far, far away ...

The electrolyte is part of the current path in an electrolytic capacitor; the paper helps hold it in suspension between the aluminum foils. Neither the electrolyte nor the paper is the dielectric. The dielectric is a thin layer of aluminum oxide formed on the aluminum anode foil. If the electrolyte dries out (I^2 * R self-heating and/or a nearby external heat source) or leaks out, there is no current, and no heat. Internal heat happens when there is too much current or unwanted chemical reactions happen (e.g. the applied voltage is too high, the electrolyte has thinned the aluminum oxide dielectric layer (lowering the maximum voltage) or is reverse polarity). Internal gas pressure can build, due to the heat and/or due to rapid forming of the oxide layer (over-voltage or reverse voltage). If the pressure gets too high, something gives. It might be the vent scored into the top of the can; lacking that, the can might pop its bottom, by lifting just enough to release the pressure or by launching (which does relieve the pressure).

ibcus 04-13-2012 08:55 AM

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Thought I would register to post a few pics of the badcaps in a Dell Optiplex GX270.

http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/a...7752-small.jpg

http://i873.photobucket.com/albums/a...7756-small.jpg

mariushm 04-13-2012 09:43 AM

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Oh those poor Rubycon capacitors... just go to show even the best can fall where there's loads of heat..

ibcus 04-13-2012 10:38 AM

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It was caked in dust.
The guy that brought it said he had cleaned it and hoovered (vacuumed if your American :p:) it out.

I'm glad he doesn't clean my house...

I'm hoping changing the caps will stop it shutting down with a thermal error, although it seems a lot of work for such an old machine.

shovenose 04-13-2012 06:42 PM

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Make sure the chipset heatsink is on correctly. Those like to come loose or fall off, if I'm thinking of the correct Dell

ibcus 04-13-2012 08:01 PM

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The chipset heatsink is fine, I just checked and it's not loose at all.

There is another cap that is bubbled a little where the AGP slot meets the memory slot, going to change that too, 1500uf.

ibcus 04-14-2012 09:15 AM

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Caps all changed and it's working a treat.

I would have really struggled removing the heat sink mount if I hadn't found this forum, I would probably be looking for small bolts to replace the chewed up plastic pins about now instead of installing windows updates.

So, a big thank you is in order.

timb0 05-16-2012 07:05 AM

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Hey so I really don't know if these are bad, it's just that all of the brown coloured one on this motherboard which is from 2008 are bulged out except for 1 which is visible in the second photo. What happened was a couple weeks ago there was this jack*ss electrician who shorted the whole circuit to the office and blew 2 PCs, this one still worked but now it turns on and hangs in windows. Booting with a CD that tests RAM hangs and so does the CPU test (UBCD 2011). Sometimes the PC won't turn on (black screen), I have to turn it off and try a few times. I would be real keen to try replacing the caps if someone else can tell me if these are really bad or they are supposed to look this way, there is no leakage or anything else but a faint smell comes from the board but it could just be my imagination.. It's a HP Compaq dx7400... What ya reckon? I guess my real question is, are there any 'Good' caps that have slight bulges, it just seems odd that it happened to almost all of the brown ones but not the other (guess the others are better quality)..

mariushm 05-16-2012 07:41 AM

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The swollen ones have to be replaced. They're going bad, maybe already outside their specs.
The ones near them should also be replaced. They don't show signs of going bad, but maybe they simply were better built or they just had less electrolytic than the others and didn't generate enough gas to cause pressure on the top.

Either way, you should replace all, they're certainly a cause for your problems..

Start a separate thread in the proper section (motherboards) with the writing on the capacitors and we'll suggest replacements.

Th3_uN1Qu3 05-16-2012 04:08 PM

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Those are Tk caps, known crap brand. Definitely replace all in the CPU VRM area, and around the chipset as well.


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