The real story behind blown motherboard capacitors
IEEE Spectrum Online has a fascinating
article on what's really behind a problem with blown capacitors on a number of motherboards, including those from Abit.
It has all the elements of a good thriller: a stolen secret formula, bungled corporate espionage, untraceable goods, and lone wolves saving the little guy from the misdeeds of multinational corporations. In this case, a mistake in the stolen formulation of the electrolyte in a capacitor has wrecked hundreds of PCs and may wreck still more in what is an industrywide problem.
And here I thought capacitors were a little boring. It turns out that there's a lot more to the blown capacitor story than overclockers pushing their boards too far.