[clug] OT: Life-span of motherboards
Michael.James at csiro.au
Tue Nov 18 11:25:02 EST 2003
On Monday 17 November 2003 18:18, Phil and Marlene Carter wrote:
> How long can I expect a motherboard in a PC to last?
> I have managed to cook 2 motherboards (in different computers)
> in the last couple of months. The boards were about 2-3 years old.
There was an artical in Silicon Chip about a batch of dud
capacitor electrolyte causing problems worldwide about then.
One company had a formula, then somebody who knew it left
and started making it, then 2 of his techs did the same to him,
but got it wrong. Their cheap brew went through the low
reactance cap market with the effect that computer power supplies
(the regulators on motherboards) blew spectacularly
leaking corrosive goop everywhere.
Sounded a bit like the motherboard problems the Bunyip had?
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