Document Version: 001.20-December-2006 Howie Dines
Bulging Capacitors in your RaQ
Like many other motherboard manufacturers, the RaQ's also suffer
from Bulging and Burst Capacitors.
I was once told, that this was due a batch of cheap components that didn't
live up to the operational conditions. However, search on Google for
and you will see it's not just a batch of poor
This fault is too widespread, it can only be under specified or inferior
[How to Detect & What Can Be Done]
Inside the Raq (3/4) the capacitors that suffer are shown in the picture below.
(Click to Enlarge)
It's very easy to detect, by just looking at the to of the Capacitors for bulging.
If the failing component goes unchecked you can even see a deplacemnt or leaning.
I have seen a number of units where the Capacitor has actually burst, and a residue
is left on the surface of the motherboard. In the following picture you can just
make this out between the CPU and the Capacitors.
I should point out that the 'dead' RaQ's that I've seen. Have either been due to
blown power supplies, Bad BIOS/Firmware Flashing or have burst Capacitors.
When you detect failing Capacitors, you should seriously consider replacing them
if they are at the stage of leaning over or burst. If the tops are just domed,
keep a close eye on them and if they continue to grow or lean, then replace.
Replacement is fairly simple, with board removed from the appliance. The Capacitors
can be easily sourced from you local electrical components store, 1200µf 10v.
Using a good soldering iron and solder suction pump replacement is straight forward.