Right, since I'll be soldering on some new capacitors on my MB, I want to eschew any damage to my processor in case something goes wrong, so is it cosher to just connect a MB to a PSU and nothing else? (no proc/memory/etc) and turn it on? Or will it burst into flames or something?
Capacitor replacement isn't a good idea for the average person. While it is possible and we do it in some situations, it requires experience and know-how to successfully accomplish. And turning on a motherboard with no CPU will usually just result in the board powering itself back off within a few seconds, or it will just sit there and do nothing. It really doesn't prove anything as far as your capacitor repair goes.
Hi guys. Same problem. Replaced a leaking capacitor on a AS ROCK mobo. I managed to get a 3300 mF, but with higher voltage. Original was 6.3v, while the new one is 16v. After replacement, the pc booted as far as the XP logo only to switch off again. Now, it starts up for about 5 seconds only to switch off again. Any ideas, or has the Mobo been bricked? (BTW, capacitor polarity upon replacement was respected)