Originally Posted by big_news_1
Any and all advice/suggestions are welcome! JP, do you think I could salvage my KT4V? Badcaps doesn't sell a kit for my board... :(
you could do it. Do you have a soldering iron? If so, check it'* wattage, to see if it'* comparable to whats listed on badcaps. Also You'll need some solder wick, which you can get at radio shack.
From there it'* just following the steps on badcap, they walk you through it step by step, just as with the techinfo forums here. And they also have series of forums just like here.
I rebuilt a dual proc P3 board (and a few others). My biggest suggestion: GO SLOW. Take your time, maybe pull a cap, take a break and come back. You are younger and have better eyes, so maybe you'll be able to proceed a bit faster than I did. My bigggest problem was that the circuit traces are so tiny, my iron would slip and skip across the board (because I got impatient and put too much force oin the iron), and I thought I'd ruined it. By the time I had all the new caps in, I'd ham handed that board so much I figured there surely wasn't any way it could possibly work... but it fired right up and has been running as the domain controller in my house for 6 months now.
You won't need a capacitor kit - simply pull the motherboard, and look at each cap. You'll need:
It'* height in MM (I didn't have a metric ruler, so I googled 'metric ruler' and printed one out.
It'* voltage and capacitance rating. (Printed on the side of the cap).
Then just go out to badcaps and order them individually. I got mine 2 days after I placed the order.
Also, it'* an absolute must to make a sketch of the board, and write down where each cap is located, and it'* polarity with respect to the board. I have no doubt your board is marked as to where the + lead goes, but sometimes the board is wrong - you want to remount the new one the same way the old one came out.
I really think you can do it - the real question is how comfortable are you with you're soldering skills? If you're a bit rusty, find a circuit board out of something to practice on first.
Go check out their forums... you'll find plenty of posts from people who had never even touched a soldering iron before who met with success.
Also, I'd be happy to do it for you for no cost (well, except shipping and parts) if you really don't want to mess with it. But I think you should try it - the worst case is you ruin something that didn't work anyway.