Saturday, October 18, 2008

Computer does not start because of bad capacitators

When a computer does not start -- especially if it's completely dead -- bad capacitators -- "caps" -- are a prime suspect. Capacitators are the tube-shaped components on the motherboard that look like little firecrackers. No matter the age of the computer, if the capacitator is in good condition, the top will be flat and clean. If instead the top is bulging, cracked, and / or shows stains, rust, or a discharge, then the motherboard needs to be replaced.

The Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) can also be caused by bad capacitators.

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