dlfrsilver wrote:seriously, first, you must service them before using them. If the PSU have not been recapped, do it. same for the motherboards.
mpcruz wrote:Thanks to Exxos that helps me to find the solution!
Total rubbish. If it isn't broken don't fix it. (with the exception of batteries which can leak). Just keep an eye on them, check for bulges.
You're much more likely to destroy your AtariST by trying to recap it without the correct tools / experience than leaving/operating it with 30yo capacitors.
Greenious wrote:While recapping is necessary sooner or later, I would not exaggerate the subject. Age certainly affects electrolytic caps, but also useage and storing conditions aswell as the quality of the manufacturer.
If it has been used sparingly and stored in a cool cellar, recapping is likely not needed yet, if it has been running 24/7 and stored in a hot attic, odds are magnitudes higher that a recapping is due...
Occular inspection of a cap is no guarantee though, a dried out cap doesn't necessarily bulge.
Anyway... in the end it is down to the end user to decide when to recap his/her equipment, although it is a reality and will eventually be needed on all equipment, please don't exaggerate the subject, and don't subscribe to the fixed idea of it needing to be done at a fixed age of the equipment. I'm sure there are Ataris out there that can go on for many years more without recapping. Heck, there are even older equipment than our Ataris that still runs well without a recap...
Gaiyan wrote:You're not wrong. But I'd like to point out that it's not that black and white.
Greenious wrote:Gaiyan wrote:You're not wrong. But I'd like to point out that it's not that black and white.
You must have misunderstood me, the whole point I was trying to make is that the recapping issue is not black or white, your caps doesn't go bad from one day to another, and certainly not at a fixed date. It's a gradual process that is individual and depends on several factors. When enough is enough is up to the individual.
People are free to recap their stuff annually (and listening to some of the highpriests in the church of ReCap, you should be doing just that ) or even more often if they want to, I don't care about that, what I do care about is the almost hysterical nonsense that it "has to be done", just because they are x years old. I bet the same people would toss their grandparents in the tarpit at 70 if someone told them...
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