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    Bad Capacitor issues.

    This subject has been brought up so many times, maybe we need a sticky for it.
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    Re: How about a bad caps sticky?

    wow your correct Massive , since I last visited two more possible bad caps posts
    Geez I am kinda glad I am having my boards refitted w/new caps . It looks like only a question of time for me that sooner or later , I will have the same bad caps issue

    Seeing that the NV400 is a older board and was made about the same time as FRN series
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    Re: How about a bad caps sticky?

    Here's a link from the PC Guide that starts in late 2003 but then picks up again in 2005. It's not that long, and IMHO provides some excellent historical context about this problem (check out the various links within the thread), along with some very good pictures of the difference between a normal and faulty cap. In fact, after looking at the pictures and realizing that it may not be immediately apparent that a cap is faulty (the bulge can be subtle), I will be looking at my two older boards (esp. my drv5 which I donated to my son's school, wouldn't that suck!) to make sure that the caps are okay.

    There's even a close-up picture of a newer soltek mobo, though I could not identify the model.

    http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=25482
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    Re: How about a bad caps sticky?

    Isnt a leaky bad cap already sticky?


    j/k good idea if its a big problem

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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    I got 2. One with an old 75drv5 and another one with a 75frn2-rl. I dont know if they still supply capacitors for the drv5, but I'm going to ask for the 75fr2-rl.

    I wrote to jessica for capacitor some days ago, havent got any answer yet. Will ask again soon.

    Those board are still functionning, the drv5 really unstable and the frn2 stable, but I guess that I'll have problems soon..

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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grooge
    I got 2. One with an old 75drv5 and another one with a 75frn2-rl. I dont know if they still supply capacitors for the drv5, but I'm going to ask for the 75fr2-rl.

    I wrote to jessica for capacitor some days ago, havent got any answer yet. Will ask again soon.

    Those board are still functionning, the drv5 really unstable and the frn2 stable, but I guess that I'll have problems soon..
    just wondering if you plan on recapping that drv5 ?

    edit I saw a post on bad caps on the FRN
    http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=614
    looks like the FRn is a board to keep a eye on for bad caps
    also if you will scroll down their is a email addy for asking for replacement caps . From the link though the cap replacement kit was incomplete
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by brothergc
    just wondering if you plan on recapping that drv5 ?

    edit I saw a post on bad caps on the FRN
    http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=614
    looks like the FRn is a board to keep a eye on for bad caps
    also if you will scroll down their is a email addy for asking for replacement caps . From the link though the cap replacement kit was incomplete

    If I can have the caps, yes, I'll do both. The drv5 is still working and it could serve me in the future. I wrote one email to jessica@soltek, but have not yet got an answer. I will write back and ask for the frn2 too.

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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grooge
    If I can have the caps, yes, I'll do both. The drv5 is still working and it could serve me in the future. I wrote one email to jessica@soltek, but have not yet got an answer. I will write back and ask for the frn2 too.
    also I saw a post in bad caps about where to buy caps
    let me see... oh here it is
    http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=613
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    interesting , if you search this forum I have found old threads on cap issues

    here is a few
    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=388360
    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=371378
    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=339543
    http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=361829


    and the caps search is long!
    http://forums.pcper.com/search.php?searchid=284763

    edit
    Hope Soltek gets the Hint and starts using premium caps , it just makes good business sence!
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    Just heard from Chris , the repair guy at badcaps.net
    Seems Solteck did indeed use cheep caps on My NV400 L64 .That I sent in. The brand name is OST caps
    and is listed as suspect caps on the forum
    here is a complete list
    http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=388

    Check those boards The golden flame seems to be a common for bad caps as well as the 75DRV series
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    for those interested Chris does Very good work over at badcaps.net . I sent Him My NV400
    here are some picks of the board After the Work
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/brothe...bum?.dir=/b56e
    Ok I just got the board from USPS and pulled it out and inspected it , what I am seeing is a slew of Rubycon capps and a few Sanyo caps these are top of the line parts I am impressed !!!!
    He did not just replace a few caps , he replaced ALOT of caps. as best I can count I estimate about 18-20 caps have been replaced . The workmanship is Top quality , looking at the back of the board the soulder joints are perfect!

    This is a good place to buy cap kits as well or if one want the work done for them
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    I'd like to add one thing: Keeping your case as cool as possible can help prevent premature failure. My FRNL-2 that I sold (which, ironically is now back in my posession) hasn't exhibited any problems so far, but I was using a copper heat sink, and my case cooling was excellent. If you're using a cheapie $40 case with one 80mm out back with a restrictive stock stamped grill, and the low-rpm power supply fan as your only case cooling, you're mitigating the problem.

    I quit buying cheapie cases. The time and effort spent modding them so that they flow good just isn't worth the money. I take that back............I still buy cheap cases, such as this: http://www.xoxide.com/chenbroxpider.html, usually based upon a Chieftec variant, but I don't buy the cookie-cutter ones based on the thin metal chasis, where the rear fan grills are super restrictive and the front airflow is practically non-existant.
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    Good point Massive using cheep power supplies and lack of cooling is shooting yourself in the foot . I equate it to save now and pay latter in dammaged hardware
    I am constantly seeing posts of people buying those cheepie power supplies . They think that they saved money till it takes out a motherboard or that nice expensive vid card that they saved up for...
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    quit buying cheapie cases. The time and effort spent modding them so that they flow good just isn't worth the money. I take that back............I still buy cheap cases
    LOL...my dremel and hole saw takes care of the air flow problems.

    I love cheap cases!
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    Re: Bad Capacitor issues.

    I had a msi nf1 415pro that after 2 years just about every green cap was bulged or leaking. I didn't notice any problems until i tried to put a new vid card in and it wouldn't run. Thankfully MSI honored an rma and its now happily running in a friends comp that i built.
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