I can provide some links to web sites that cover what to look for for bad capacitors.
Check these two links out which include images of what leaking or bulging capacitors look like and what symptoms they can cause.
As for hardware for motherboard repair, if you have a Radio Shack close by your area or if you do not, you can visit their web site at http://www.radioshack.com
as well, you can find some of the basic necessities available there.
Here are two direct links to their web site.
Tools and soldering equipment.
Test and meter equipment
There are other web sites out there where you can purchase equipment, the more complex the equipment the higher the price will be.
What you really need to get started is a few really good books which explain the basic principles of electronic theory. Such as Ohms law.
I can not recommend any one book for you to read if you're interested in learning.
I started out messing with electronics as a kid, I did not know anything at first, was confused and lost.
I purchased a few books at Radio Shack and started reading them.
Eventually, I went to a technical high school and took electronics as my major and went from there.
At the present moment, I still have to keep my knowledge up to date, because part of my career involves automotive ECM/OBD-II diagnosis, trouble shooting and re-programing and technology changes with each week that passes.
So I keep up-to-date with service bulletins even though I am currently retired from the field.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 08 March 2011 - 12:51 PM.