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Broke a capacitor off my motherboard...

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I just found a broken capacitor in my case after hearing something rattling around in my case when toting it around. I'm not sure what to do about it, the computer seems to be running fine still. I've never soldered and don't know much about capacitors and the like. Should I have it fixed or should I just not worry about?

I'm pretty sure it got knocked off when install my new GPU, was kind of tricky to get in.
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They're there for a reason. It isnt hard to repair it and it is worth the peace of mind, if nothing else.
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Good luck finding where it was originally. If you know someone who's careful enough to solder it back, take it to them.
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I found where it came from and it was right beside where the gpu goes just as I suspected. There are just some legs on the motherboard and what popped seems to just be the cap part, with holes on the underside. would I need a new capacitor or wold it be solderable?
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post #5 of 5
Depending on the circuit one capacitor missing won't cause huge problems. It may just cause one voltage to be off somewhere. Depends on the nature of the circuit, personally I'd fix it, but I have a good soldering gun, good solder and experience doing surface mount work and an oscilloscope.

If its broken too close up just read the value off of it. Go to the local store and buy a ceramic military grade 1-2% cap of the value.

Quite often they cheap out on motherboards and buy cheap caps anyways that are only within 10%-15% of their given value (Sometimes more) which is another reason it may not be affecting anything. Though boards these days seem to have better caps. (I've only taking apart the odd board for my curiosity).
Edited by Aedric - 10/18/11 at 11:22am
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