STe replacing motheboard capacitors

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Re: STe replacing motheboard capacitors

Post by stephen_usher » Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:43 pm

Well, to a degree it's all about what you feel is the bigger risk.

With power supplies there's no real argument as not only failure could mean a fried machine but because the PCB itself is robust there's little risk of damage from replacing the capacitors.

On the main board, however, it's not as clear cut. What's the higher risk? Desoldering the original capacitors, manhandling and flexing the PCB, possibly breaking tracks, or leaving the dried out capacitors, which aren't in spec. but probably won't do anything terrible in the long term other than a bit of instability.

Myself, I err on the side of leaving it alone unless there's an obvious problem. However, that's purely my assessment of the balance of risk and others will have the opposite view, which is fine.
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Re: STe replacing motheboard capacitors

Post by exxos » Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:48 pm

Yep indeed. If you cannot solder and de-solder without destroying the boards then you are probably in the wrong hobby.
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Re: STe replacing motheboard capacitors

Post by Badwolf » Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:22 pm

exxos wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:48 pm
Yep indeed. If you cannot solder and de-solder without destroying the boards then you are probably in the wrong hobby.
Now you tell me? :lol:

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