Optiplex GX270 two of the capacitor

February 28, 2017 at 09:51:18
Specs: Windows XP

I have this system that I don't use, but I just opened it up the other day, and I noticed on two capacitors which are those cylinder shaped objects on the system board.

Two have some kind of residue, black coloured, they are near the processor area or may be a heat sink.

What does this exactly mean on for an old 2003 system, the hard drive is dated 2002, seagate, and the system is July 2003.

Thank you.

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February 28, 2017 at 09:58:56
By the sound of it they are leaking which most likely means they will need replacing.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 28, 2017 at 10:19:36
Thanks for responding.

Hmm, I own a 4600 Dimension that is the same age as the Optiplex.

I use that system for some old 32bit games, and the Blender 3D game engine. So the optiplex is a possible back up if anything were to happen to the current system.

And it also runs a few of the old games. It only has integrated graphics.

I do use the current system a optiplex 780 small form factor, so that is nearly ten years old. But unlikely that there would be a problem with these sorts, I think the capacitor problem only occurred at the beginning of the century on systems launched then according to what I read on a few random websites

As for the replacing, I doubt I could do that. I'm not knowledgeable about hardware, I only ever installed a wifi card in 2004 and onwards a few times are a windows XP restart on the 4600. Until I got a USB one in 2011. And then I put an end to continual use of it last year when i got the 780 off Amazon UK very cheap.

And a graphics card on the 4600 in 2010, replaced the battery in August 2011, added new RAM in September 2008. So I don't have any real practical knowledge.

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February 28, 2017 at 12:01:12
Just run it until it won't boot anymore. You should make sure you have your important files backed up. You could buy a USB adapter to use the hard drive with any other computer for storage. See the second link below for a good adapter.

The bad capacitor issue was caused by a stolen electrolyte formula that was incomplete. The electrolyte is the liquid inside the capacitors. See the link below for photos.


I have the first link below which is USB 2.0 or less. The second link is USB 3.0, which I assume would work as well.



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February 28, 2017 at 13:14:53
Capacitors are cheap & changing them out is relatively easy, even for a novice. But is it worth the effort on a system of that age?


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March 1, 2017 at 09:43:11
Well, as I mentioned I was using the XP 4600 just a few hours ago with the blender game engine. So I don't know if it will arrive at that moment to use the other system.

I do have access to a laptop 1.80GHZ, windows 10, I5 processor, but I prefer more what i've got. If I have to expand and do some complex tasks using the game engine, the XP systems would be useless since one has 1GB usage max, with it currently have 512mb. And 1.5GB in the 4600.

Such a shame, since the 780 has Q45 integrated Intel graphics, running a 2.4GHZ Pentium inside Dual core, with 4GB of RAM. That would be fine for using that system.

Even with slight changes to a 3d scene on the older systems, there is slight slow down. If the file requires 70mb of memory.

Can a couple of these electricity storage components not be removed and left out? That alone seems to spell a non working system.

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March 1, 2017 at 09:46:24
Thanks for the suggestions.

But using 270 all depends on the 4600, otherwise there isn't any point.

I was curious to know what the options were about this since I haven't dealt with it. With the 4600, the capacitors are very small, all in great condition.

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March 1, 2017 at 14:11:45
It's tough to offer help when you're talking about multiple systems & we're (at least, "I'm") not totally clear about what you want to do. Since the caps on the GX270 are bad, there's not much point in doing anything with it other than re-purposing some of its parts.

The Optiplex GX270 board has an odd layout: http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-optip...

The Dimension 4600 has more of a conventional board: http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-dimen...

Regardless, they're both S478 boards based on the Intel 865 chipset, both use DDR RAM (up to 4x1GB), & both have an AGP slot. I don't know what the RAM configurations are but if you have empty slots on the 4600, fill them with the RAM from the GX270. If you have an AGP graphics card, put it in the 4600 so that you free up more RAM & can stop using the crappy Intel integrated graphics. If you have an available 3.5" bay in the 4600, add the GX270 HDD. Decide which optical drives are best & put them in the 4600. Etc, etc.

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March 1, 2017 at 15:45:54
FWIW, the kit for the GX270 appears on the badcaps.net store. It was one of the worst machines to exhibit the bad capacitor problem. If you're decent using a soldering iron, you should be able to repair it yourself:


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