[Mgs] MGA sputtering engine and bad replacement parts

Charles Hill chillmog at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 27 19:38:10 MST 2009

Used to work that way, but not recently.  I work in IT for a large state 
agency with several thousand desktop PCs.  We have had problems for the 
last few years with PCs starting to fail after 2 to 3 years in service.  
Brand doesn't seem to matter.  The first thing we do is pop the cover 
and look at the capacitors.  More often than not there will be 2 or 3 
bulging or corroded capacitors.  Hopefully they have the problem cured 
in the latest batch.  They have only been in service for a year though. 

Charles Hill

Charley & Peggy Robinson wrote:
> That's called "burning in" these days.  I always look for burnt in 
> boards.  As you say, makes a difference in longevity.
>  CR
> Barrie Robinson wrote:
>> Folks,
>> When I worked for Marconi in the UK building defense systems we 
>> always "soaked" our computers for not less than 100 hours - usually 
>> 250.  If no capacitors soured during this run we reckoned they would 
>> work forever (but we had triple standbys!!)

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