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What are these? Are they broken?

Please excuse the poor image quality: What are the components that I've circled in red? The ones on the left look whole and solid. The ones on the right have cracked tops, and although this ...
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Is it safe to disable cache flushing on a SSD with “power loss protection”?

I have an Intel 320 SSD which is supposedly able to flush its cache during a power loss. From Storage Review: Rarely seen in a consumer SSD, Intel uses an array of capacitors to make sure data ...
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What could cause a desktop power supply to “hiss”?

Some background to my problem: My city had a thunderstorm last Monday and when I woke up, I noticed my desktop was turned off. I powered it on. It would stay on for about 20 seconds and then shut off. ...
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Solid capacitors burst, PC seems fine, how safe is it to keep using it?

Tonight while I was using my desktop PC, I heard a very loud pop from the inside of my case. After investigating I found that two capacitors on the graphics card had burst, and yellow fibers were ...
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What caused a capacitor in the power supply start smelling?

I was using my computer in the morning then later in the afternoon I noticed some bad smell coming from the power supply. As I checked in, I noticed that one of the big capacitors was leaking and dry. ...
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Discharging capacitor of laptop

I would like to know what is the procedure for discharging capacitors of a laptop, as my laptop is not able to power up. The AC power light starts to blink as soon as it's plugged to the laptop.
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Motherboard makes high-pitched chirping noise; will it stop by itself, or what do I need to do to fix it? [duplicate]

I know computers, I have been fixing them and building them for over a decade... but I don't know the exact electronics of them. My personal desktop PC is making an irregular, but constant, extremely ...
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Gigabyte GTX 660 OC 2GB running fine for short periods of time then causing critical errors and turning off. What's the cause of it?

I've purchased an used, partially damaged card - Gigabyte GTX 660 OC 2GB with twinfrozr fans. I had hope to easily repair it using my experience with electronics. However, the problem with it is ...
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My old monitor Samsung Syncmaster 740n needs 2-3 min to turn on

When I power on my old monitor Samsung Syncmaster 740n, it needs needs 2-3 min to power on. When it turns on, it works fine. What can be wrong with it and if it possible how to fix it?
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Possible capacitor plague - need help identifying

I've been having some PC power issues lately, and I think I've tracked it down to a bad power supply. Lately, when I'm on my PC it will often restart without warning, displaying "Hypertransport sync ...
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How to find the right capacitor?

I'm trying to repair my motherboard. I found some bulging capacitors and want to replace them. I am able to find 2 of the 3 capacitors, but one of them, the Samxon 6.3v 2700uf gc(M) voa I can't find ...
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DCLCD DCL9C Monitor power issues

Lately my DCLCD DCL9C monitor has had some troubles. In order to use it I had to toggle the power button upwards of 20 times. Hitting the power button would show the proper display for a second and go ...
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Getting “Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power” on an Acer Aspire 7740

Sometimes I’m getting the blue screens of death on my Acer Aspire 7740. Those are due to “Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power.” I Googled and thought its because of overheating. So I cleaned my notebook ...