Posted 30 April 2005 - 07:53 AM
Leaking capacitor = dying motherboard. (If the capacitor is on the motherboard!)
The larger capacitors on the motherboard are there to provide voltage stabilization and/or isolation. If they fail and start to become electrically conductive they begin to get hot and this can result in the dielectric paste boiling and venting out of the 'can'. Because they have not been working correctly this may mean components (including the CPU) have received incorrect voltages and thus become damaged but it is not certain.
If you have a motherboard with leaking or bulging capacitors then it needs replacement.
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