I've come across alot of complaints in the last couple years about low quality capacitors flooding the market lately, especially in MoBos.
Since MY comp never failed due to bad caps, I never paid all that much attention, whenever a family member's comp would blow up, I'd just get a replacement part and off they go.
However, yesterday my DVD player decided to pack it in, and since the DVD is stuck inside I've decided to "dive in" and research it a bit, and wanted to share my experience, in case someone else has a similar problem.
First off, I'm no electronics guru, in fact I've always thought of circuit boards as sort of...permanent,esentially one piece, unfixable etc.
Well, that's not true. In fact, in case of bad caps, it's surprisingly easy, and (in this case) cost of repair is: 20-30 minutes of your time + $2.00 component.
I found this to be an interesting development, since usual procedure nowadays, in case on a computer or electronics failure, is to replace the part, or "buy a new one" since it's usually not worth to get electronics fixed nowadays.
on a side note, I'd like to mention that this DVD is an easier fix than, say, a motherboard would be. there is more room, and solders are bigger, so there is more room for error(knock on wood).
2.phillips head screwdriver
3.needle nose pliers
Basically, disconnect the power, the top cover comes off, you locate a cap with bulging top.
Unscrew/unplug the board with fried cap, locate the soldering points on the back side of the circuit board, grab your soldering iron and loosen the "legs"
Once the capacitor is out, grab the new one and revert the procedure.
Your(my ) beloved DVD player should come back to life, DVD should come out and no late fees should be acumulated at your local Video rental store
I've replaced a 10V capacitor with a 16V one as per recommendation from various online sources, such as badcaps.net <-good spot to check which MoBos NOT to buy for instance.
I'll post here *if* this fix goes to pooper within the next few minths.
BTW "the source" has a "sample pack" of various caps for 4.99+taxes - I recommend it.
*these are rough guidelines, I take no responsibility for burned fingertips, fried machines, burned down houses etc.
So before you toss that dead appliance, take a peak inside just for a brief moment. Better to spend 20 minutes and a few bucks than to blow money on something new...Unless you needed an excuse to get a new one anyways..In which case, PM me, I'll take the broken one