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#1 tambyte

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 06:17 PM

I picked up an older HP 760n a couple months ago and did a format and reinstall of XP home, everthing went smoothly and it's still running.

I opened the case after the reinstall and the heatsink was pretty filthy so I blew it out and I noticed there are two capacitors out of like six that run along side the cpu that have some orange crusty stuff on the top of them.

I was wondering if that could be because it was probably running hotter than normal for some time? Or maybe just cause it's about a 6 or 7 year old computer?

Also, I always thought that if you had bulging or a capacitor that leaked that your mobo wouldn't work. Could someone please explain a little more about that.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:47 PM

thats definetly not a good sign. its possible their working for now, but it wont be long before it dies on you totally. And yes it could be why its running hot. personally its older, Id just run it till it blows. you could replace the motherboard or capacitors if you know how to soder, but if it were me Id just save up for some more modern equipment.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:25 PM

It might be a small enough leak that the crust formation sealed the leak, but I sure wouldn't depend on it
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#4 tambyte

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:12 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I don't know how long the capacitors have been like that already so I am hoping they'll last till summer is here and I will have so more bucks to buy something newer.

It's mostly used just for email and letting the kids play games, so maybe if the cpu isn't being stressed too hard it'll go till then. Guess I'll find out.




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