Tech Q&A: How a single small component can ruin a PC

April 15, 2015 12:12 PM

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Q: When we lost our Internet connection, we took our 2006 Dell Dimension E510 PC to two repair shops. Both said the PC's main circuit board had to be replaced because it had a single "blown" capacitor that had controlled the Internet connection. I hate to lose a PC because of one capacitor. Is there a workaround?

A: No, the repair shops are correct. The loss of a capacitor worth about a dollar has rendered your PC's main circuit board worthless. Why? Main circuit board components can't be serviced individually unless you're an expert with special equipment.

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