..And yet again..
Recently had powering on problems with my old Creative Blaster Slot 1 P III setup. On digging into the system, I noted that the fans were turning slowly.. even when the PSU should have been at idle! A voltage check showed about +2 volts on the +12 volt rail, and about +1.5 volts on the +5 volt rail!!
A change of the PSU to a known-good one did not clear the start problem, but voltage readings were now 'normal'. Then noted two bad caps next to the memory slots.. 10v/1000mF green caps, branded "I Q" that were bulging. Replaced the caps, and all is good again. Would be a mournful wail if this i440BX board were to die!
As to the PSU, on opening it found at least 8 small filter caps plus the two main primary caps bulging. It was a "Comp USA" branded unit, dating from 2006!! The secondary caps were branded "Rulycon", black with a "K" embossed top. Guess that age does have its effects on capacitors, too. Not worth fixing. Trebuchet ammo?
F@H.. to solve mankind's maladies.. in our lifetimes!