While scrubbing a hard drive and decommissioning an old Dell Dimension 2300, I spotted a failed capacitor:
The board sported many of those little caps, well over half showing signs of distress.
A progression of victims, from I’m-not-dead-yet to phew:
According to its Service Tag, this Dimension 2300 came off the line in late November 2002. All of the other caps on the board seemed OK, so apparently the plague affected just this lot of Hermei 470 µF 6.3 V capacitors.
Or, hey, they’re not supposed to last a dozen years and this is perfectly normal …