Tantalum Popcorn - What to do (Was S-100 Bus Voltages)

From: Ethan Dicks <ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Jun 4 16:07:42 2001

--- Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 4 Jun 2001, Edwin P. Groot wrote:
> > Well, I plugged in the boards and powered up the computer, and
> > promptly powered it down after a few loud pops - D'Oh!


> > ...some tantalum capacitors blew.
> I had this experience before with a Sol-20. Aside from being loud and
> smelly, the tantalum caps exploding really shouldn't hinder the operation
> of the system.

That all depends. I saw a COMBOARD come back from a customer site that
had a tantalum cap blow - there was a 5mm ragged hole in the 6-layer board
and I was told that the DEC boards on either side were damaged badly enough
to need replacement.

Glad I wasn't looking inside the BA-11 when it went off!


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