Every time I work on a computer I clean the dust and visually inspect the innards. One of the things I look at the inside of the machine is the capacitors on the main board. There is a known common problem that is causing some capacitors to leak and fail thus become bad capacitors.
What to Look For Visually in your computer
# Bulging of the vent on the top of the capacitor.( The’ vent’ is the impression stamped in the top of the can. The impression forms the seams of the vent. It is designed so that if the capacitor becomes pressurised it will divide at the vent’s seams relieving the pressure rather than conforming it to explode .)
Sitting crooked on the circuit board as the bottom rubber plug is pushed out.
# Electrolyte( a crusty brown substance) leaked onto the motherboard from the base of the bad capacitor.
# Not turning on all the time; beeping noises; having to hit reset or try turning the computer on again.
# Instabilities( hangs, BSODs, kernel panics, etc .), especially when symptoms get progressively more frequent over time.
# Memory errors, especially ones that get more frequent with time.
# Spontaneous reboots, or freeze while booting.
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