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Capacitor on the motherboard...

Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Alright, so I'm going to installa 250GB HDD into my computer, only problem is that in order to get at the drive in this case the design is a bit awkward... My Radeon X1950Pro is so long I pull the video card out to get at the HDD cage....

Here's my problem... I just exerted some pressure on what I THOUGHT was the little clip that holds the card in place, once it started moving and I realized from looking through a crack my fingers don't fit in that I wan't moving the clip I immeadiatly stopped... Problem is I was moving a capacitor on the board sideways..... It's not horizontal, but its definatly moved.... Its tilted slightly to the side right now....

How likely is it to cause permanent damage if I leave it like this, and is it safe for my to push it back into place once I get the card out?

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    KMFurDMKMFurDM Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Unlikely if it's still connected. Are we talking like a 90 degree bend?

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    Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Not even 90 degrees... More like 15 to 25 degrees.......

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Leave it be if you can, its actual orientation doesn't matter, but bending it back and forth even a couple times can be enough to break one or both the leads.

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    FellhandFellhand Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    It's only a concern if you managed to break either of the connections on either side of the capacitor. They move around on boards because they're just a cylinder connected by two small wires. As long as neither of those wires snapped you're alright.

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    KMFurDMKMFurDM Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Ohh...yeah man. As long as it's still connected to the board you will be fine. Feel free to push it back if you want. Just be gentle. It wont hurt it if it stays bent though.

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    Nakatomi2010Nakatomi2010 Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I figured as much, I just wanted to be safe.... I plucked capacitor off a bad motherboard before, and knew about the leads, I just also know that some of them have this liquid crap inside....


    I was pulling capacitor because at the time I genuinly wanted to build a log cabin out of capacitors, but I never had enough time to really try....

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I figured as much, I just wanted to be safe.... I plucked capacitor off a bad motherboard before, and knew about the leads, I just also know that some of them have this liquid crap inside....


    I was pulling capacitor because at the time I genuinly wanted to build a log cabin out of capacitors, but I never had enough time to really try....

    It's more of a gel, really. It just gets runny when it overheats and squirts out the top.

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