Phil do you recap your own motherboards? I'm asking because I have two retro motherboards (Conroe865pe and a p5pe-vm) that need recapping. I'm still deciding whether to buy the tools to do it myself, or get them repaired. Problem is, I just don't have the motivation to buy a cheap soldering iron and a needle when the tools to do a speedy and professional job exist, but it seems, cost a fortune especially here in Australia.
If I had access to a local service, I might pay for the work also. What sort of price are we talking?
Doing it yourself, it's tedious work, even with a de-solder station. And you got to buy all the right sizes and value, which often takes 2 weeks to arrive.
Most of the time I just replace the caps in the VRM era. I have a basic de-solder station, but it's average, still works much better than doing it without it.
I don't have a good solution, either way it seems it's an expensive adventure.
I'm responding now because I didn't get an notification to your reply. Yeah you're right, it's an expensive adventure which may not be worth doing. My plan is to replace all the old electrolytic ones with solid polymer caps. I'm going to use lead-free solder. I'm thinking about getting a cheap $250 2in1 Soldering / Desoldering station, top brands like Hakko cost over $700.
Sweet, let me know how you go! I did a polymod once, it worked ok, but now I just stick with electrolytic. I got a bag of 100 Panasonic, the big 3300uF for the VRM, they are the first ones to go and I had good outcomes.
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