Last week when I was trying to copy stuff over from my old computer onto this one, I head a lout *pop*. Almost sounded like a bullet. I had read about these pops online when I was r&d'ing how to solder caps but had never thought I'd get to hear it.
I was not even sure that it was my capacitor that had popped. The old PC was working fine since I had remoted into it. Just to confirm my suspicion, I tried to switch the display to my old PC and the screen went blank. I opened up the desktop and pulled out the video card and here it was, the popped capacitor.
Ironically (or murphionically), it has a different rating that the ones I have 7 more of - the ones I had replaced. This one is a 470mF 16v capacitor. Now, I need to buy 10 more of these and make 6 more posts about how badly I suck at desoldering/soldering, post 3.4 more graphs about my success rate probabilities before I get it to work (or burn down the house).
Here's a pic of the new caps I soldered on 6 months back. It has worked like a charm ever since.
If you ever want to read about the history of bad caps, click here.
Oh, by the way, these are untouched pics were taken with a $135 p&s camera, which I have been using more than 75% of the time these days...