i386 means...32 bit?

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Aug 17 15:48:34 UTC 2012

On Friday 17 August 2012 11:28:47 compdoc did opine:

> >I don't know anything about this "solid" type.
> Solid caps are the types with the metal housing, which most boards come
> with now:
> http://tinyurl.com/98e7wcn

Having replaced about a 3 pound coffee can full of those, worth over 20K 
USD  over the lifetime of the DVC-PRO tape recorders at a small market tv 
station where I was the CE for 18 years, the ONLY diff is that they are 
small enough not to need the creases in the top for explosion venting, so 
they just blow the whole can off when they fail short.  And their failure 
rate from opens and ESR problems is probably 100x the rate in signal 
circuits that the equivalent Nichicon suffers.  But they are also surface 
mount, and the replacements must be nearly identical else they will not fit 
in the available space.

They were a solution when making a good digital VCR into a shoebox sized 
device, but they were NOT a good solution.  They were a headache, and many 
many hours hunched over a big illuminated magnifying glass work lamp while 
replacing the things, sometimes 50 or more per pcb board in all 20+ boards 
in one of those machines.  In fact, the backache from that contributed to 
my deciding to retire at 67, a year before I would have been able to 
collect about 20% more from Social Security, the original Ponzi scheme.

Speaking as a tech, (I am a C.E.T.) working on my own stuff, when one of 
those fails, screw it, go order another board.  If I never see another 
between the tips of my soldering iron, it will be too soon.

Cheers, Gene
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