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Old July 16, 2012, 10:41 PM
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Hi Ravenor

Yeah, lots of companies are cutting corners on Caps it seems. I have my office full (ok only 3) of LCD monitors that I brought home from the computer recycler, replaced the psu caps and they work great. Most of the damage comes when the capacitors used are not rated for a high enough temperature, they overheat and "leak" or dry out. You can check your other board and see if the Caps are bloated (I would recomend getting a sharpie and making a line across the top of the cap, that way if/when they start to go you'll be ready, you can check on them every 6 months and see if they are about to fail.)

If you are adventerous you can buy some replacement Caps and practice your soldering ;)
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