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Old 06-25-2004, 07:47 PM   #1
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Default This is Why You NEVER Ignore Bad Capacitors!

I received 3 VP6's this week that were completely trashed. I get emails and contacts all the time from customers who say "It would only crash once in a while", or "I didn't think the problem was that serious"... ARGGGG.... This VP6 is a prime reason why the minute you suspect or discover bad caps, replace them!! Don't wait!! Bad caps will not cure themselves!!

Sadly, this and the other 2 VP6's I received like it were destroyed. I didn't even bother to recap them , because the VRM FET's and the AGP power FET's were all shorted, and the torroid coil by the AGP was burnt beyond recognition. With damage like that, the voltage regulators are always fried, and many times the northbridge is also fried. In this particular VP6's case, it also BBQ'd 2GB of really nice Micron ECC PC133. You will note from the pictures the melted labels. This shouldn't have happened!! The only thing I pulled out of that board that was good was the CPU's, and I'm surprised they survived.

If you question your caps, take an expensive lesson from the owner of this board! REPLACE THEM ASAP!!!
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