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http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/05/...ard/index.html

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Hardware failures can have mysterious faces - computer crashes, display anomalies or read/write errors when accessing your hard drive. Usually, what you do is install new drivers, then you look at adjusting settings within your operating system, you search BIOS for relevant options or go the whole nine yards and exchange components such as the main memory. But your computer just won't run smoothly.

Not only operating systems or device drivers cause malfunctions of your system. Not even the latest hardware such as quad core processors and terabyte hard drives can prevent hardware failures. Hardware manufacturers typically define a certain lifetime for every component of your computer or laptop. This tends to be five years for hard drives, but other components may have longer life expectancies. Building blocks such as processors, memory, the motherboard or graphics cards usually keep up their work for much longer - if always operated and cooled properly. But no crystal ball can tell you the life expectancy you will get.

Electrolytic capacitors on numerous semiconductor products such as motherboards or graphics cards can oftentimes cause strange behavior of your computer if they fail. But what can you do if malfunctioning motherboard capacitors are the reason for trouble with your computer? During the product's warranty period your first step typically is a visit at your retailer, where it should be replaced. In case you have to exchange your faulty motherboard with a new one, you may also need to get new main memory as well as a new processor. But there is a considerably less expensive solution if you don't walk on two left feet: You can definitely exchange electrolytic capacitors yourself. We will show you how to revive your motherboard or graphics card with the right tools and for very little money.
Another good site for further reading: www.badcaps.net
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Interesting read.
    
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i did this yesterday with 2 blown capacitors on a Asrock Ge-Pro m2 P4 mobo......don't know if it works properly yet, had it hooked up and it posted and beeped....but not tested up n running with windows.........where it first crashed for no reason, before i found out it were these capacitors
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excellent link
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BTW... this same information can be applied to users who plan to upgrade the capacitors on their X-Fi. Upgrading the X-Fi will probably be easier since the sound card PCB has fewer layers.
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BTW... this same information can be applied to users who plan to upgrade the capacitors on their X-Fi. Upgrading the X-Fi will probably be easier since the sound card PCB has fewer layers.
Are the x-fi cards known to have non-solid caps??? (I have the xtreme gamer, but yet to install it)?
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Are the x-fi cards known to have non-solid caps??? (I have the xtreme gamer, but yet to install it)?
Yes. You also want to use a larger cap for improved quality and filtering.
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I found this site years ago when I was looking into problems with my Abit VP6. I ended up going to RadShack and picking up caps and did the job myself. It kept that board runnning for nearly 9 years.
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Quote:
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Yes. You also want to use a larger cap for improved quality and filtering.
OT: sorry, but what size should I be going to?
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http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-original.html

1000uf to 2200uF... the original is 470uF.
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