Bulging motherboard components. Is my motherboard going bad?

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While cleaning my custom-built computer today, I noticed that some components are bulging on my motherboard as on the picture below. I have not seen it last time. Is my motherboard going bad? Is there a fix or should I find an immediate replacement for my motherboard?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #123125

Bulging motherboard components. Is my motherboard going bad?

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Hi,

This is not a serious problem. Some components are bulging may be because of there temperature. May be you are running your computer for a long time or your CPU temperature is going too high.

There is another reason for it. There was some liquid jelly thing on your some parts of your motherboard. This liquid jelly might be dried out. Of cores same reason that may be your CPU temperature is going too high.

Your options are restart pc and go to BIOS setup and then Advanced CMOS setup then Temperature control.

Now enable turn off temperature and set your turn off temperature at 60 degree. Now save it and restart.

Answered By 0 points N/A #123126

Bulging motherboard components. Is my motherboard going bad?

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Hi,

The bulging capacitors of your motherboard needs replacement. There's no way this could be corrected by the software or OS because this is a piece of a hardware issue. You need to contact an electronics expert t replace those capacitors. You need to buy a new capacitors with the same value of that bulging on your motherboard.

NOTE: Do not buy capacitors with the same brand of that bulging ones. But you need to take note of the capacitance of the old, should be the same with what you are going to buy. 

The new capacitors needs to be manually soldered to the motherboard. Contact an expert in electronics. But I believe you can do it by yourself as i did with my bulging capacitor on my video card.

Hope this solve the problem.

Thank You.

Answered By 0 points N/A #123127

Bulging motherboard components. Is my motherboard going bad?

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Hello Hector,

Your board's electrolytic capacitors are starting to bulge and I'm afraid your motherboard is indeed going bad. This phenomenon is known as "capacitor plague" (see this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague) and affects mostly Taiwan-made capacitors.

The effects of bulging capacitors can mostly be seen as random system crashes, random restarts and at worst, catastrophic failure of the capacitor (the capacitor explodes to vent the built-up hydrogen gas) which may take out other components in your motherboard.

One solution is to replace the bad capacitors but it takes great skill at soldering (plus the right soldering equipment) if you want to do it yourself. The capacitors themselves are also hard to find since the capacitance and voltage values are not like the ones typically sold in electronics parts stores.

Personally, I would suggest outright replacement of the motherboard. Although replacing the motherboard usually means replacing almost everything from processor, memory to the power supply.

Here's a good resource on fixing capacitors on motherboards: http://www.badcaps.net/

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