[OT] Dodgy electrolytic in 3COM hub

From: Paul Berger <sanepsycho_at_globaldialog.com>
Date: Tue Mar 16 08:00:20 2004

I've got a Gigabyte motherboard from the same period with the issue ...
three caps on the board are bulging or split on top. I bought three of
the same model boards at the same time and only one of them have had
that happen.


On Mon, 2004-03-15 at 16:32, John Boffemmyer IV wrote:
> Ab-so-friggin-lutely. Bad, buldging, stained cap ='s bad cap. Same damned
> thing happened on a 4 port NetGear Router I had and an ABIT KT7-A
> motherboard. With the ABIT, it was a known problem to the point where 3
> shops cropped up in the US just to replace the bad caps. These were termed
> by ABIT as unit repair technical facilities for their Customer Service and
> Technical Support teams since ABIT apparently were cheap bastards and made,
> oh, 100,000 of those boards with that issue with the same faulty caps.
> NetGear is known for being cheap and a similar cap as the one you pictured,
> blew in the 4 port router I had. Their tech support sucked and one of these
> days, I'll just replace the damned cap myself. Good luck doing it.
> -John Boffemmyer IV
> At 03:48 PM 3/15/2004, you wrote:
> >Hi folks,
> >
> >This is totally nowhere near the 10 year rule since the chips have datecodes
> >of 9951 on 'em, but the theory of failure is the same. It's a 16 port 10/100
> >hub and it whistles like a bastard when its powered up. On dismantling I
> >find that one of the electrolytic caps on the power regulator side of things
> >is looking (to me) unwell in that it has a brown stain on the top over one
> >of the joins:
> >
> >http://www.wowrarelook.co.uk/cap.jpg
> >
> >I gather replacement is necessary since it's obviously on its way out?
> >
> >Cheers all,
> >
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