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From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Re: Electronic News story: Leaky capacitors shorting circuits; problem spreads
Date: 31 Oct 2002 10:06:27 -0800
Organization: Rowland Institute
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Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org wrote...
> "News2020" wrote...
>> This is a ng for finding the truth. What is the reason for this ?
> Sorry, I seem to have lost the plot here - what do you mean by
> "finding the truth'.......
For me the lesson is to be very careful when selecting low-esr
electrolytics for use in high-current switching supplies. The
mobo manufacturers used capacitors that pushed the envelope too
far and were smaller than was wise, 8mm dia instead of the more
common 10mm size.
>> "Winfield Hill" wrote ...
>>> Story in Electronic News, 10/28/2002:
>>> Leaky capacitors shorting circuits; problem spreads
>>> "Failing capacitors are sending shock waves up the electronics food
>>> chain - literally. PCs are crashing and televisions and camcorders
>>> are going on the fritz, and the problem is becoming more widespread,
>>> according to those who replace those components.
>>> "At the heart of this controversy are low-ESR aluminum electrolytic
>>> capacitors, all of which were made in Taiwan. According to systems
>>> integrators who build custom PCs and those who repair them, the
>>> capacitors start leaking electrolytic fluid within days or weeks
>>> after the computer is turned on. In most cases, the leaking fluid
>>> causes short circuits. Less commonly, they actually explode."
>>> For full story, http://www.e-insite.net/electronicnews/index.asp?
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