|First - try connecting another used known good PS that has enough capacity if you can.|
If you DO see evidence of bad caps...
Epox was a lot less likely to have that problem on their mboards than many other mboard makers, but they did have that problem with some models.
In most cases it's not worth the time and trouble it takes to fix the problem - most people and techs just get another mboard, used or new, that is NOT the same model that is at least compatible with the cpu, if not both the cpu and the ram, you already have.
If you replace the bad caps BEFORE the mboard will not boot because of the bad caps, you have the best chance of restoring the mboard to working fine again.
You would be wasting your time replacing them unless you replace ALL the capacitors that have the same brand marking on them, because ANY of the ones that have not already failed made by that brand are likely to fail in the future.
If you DO want to fix the bad caps on your present mboard.......
If you need a source of the proper capacitors to replace them yourself, or if you live in North America and would rather have a professional do that for you, checkout this web site:
This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:
- links on left to economical available premade or custom capacitor kits, and/or you can ship the mboard to him and he will replace the capacitors for a flat fee (including the capacitors) plus shipping (North America only).
".....you said that your MB AD580 XR had its PCI-e slot damaged by power failure. Is there a way to understand this for sure?"
There seems to be nothing else wrong with that mboard, and I did get video from a PCI-E X16 card but there were serious problems with the video after the power failure event (more than one of them actually) and that card eventually failed when I installed the card in a new mboard. When I tried a new video card in the PCI-E X16 slot I did have video but there were still serious video problems. A PCI video card works fine with that mboard.
I bought the mboard for a disabled girl's system and she required a TV card - the failed card and the new card were / are both PCI-E X16 ATI AIW cards, the new Visiontex HD AIW card cost a lot more than a new mboard, she had limited finds, so I had to get another mboard for her.
I would still be using that mboard if I had bought another CPU and ram for it.