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Re: FC5 freezes: due to bad Dell GX270 motherboard

Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
Paul Johnson wrote:
Where to check:  Look on the motherboard for small black cylinders
with silver tops.  The cylindrical capacitors are about 1/4 of an inch
in diameter and one half on an inch high.  The silver tops have an X
on edged them.  Those silver tops are supposed to be flat or slightly
sunken in, not convex (swolen).  They are NOT supposed to look like
cupcakes baking in the oven, in other words.

For future reference, that is a + and not an X. If you look
carefully, you will notice one of the leads is below the +. Those
are what are called electrolytic capacitors,and have to be hooked up
correctly. If you mix the + and - leads, they tend to die rather
quickly, and sometimes make a mess.


Thanks Paul and Mikkel for the feedback. I am not experiencing any current problems with the GX270. I'll open the chassis and check out the Electrolytics in the area that you mentioned on the motherboard. The "cupcakes" ought to be pretty puffy by now. I guess safety glasses would be in order before opening up the chassis.


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