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The Capacitor plague (also known as Bad Capacitors, Bad Caps or Bloated Capacitors) involved the common premature failure of certain brands of electrolytic capacitors used in various electronics equipment, and particularly in motherboards, video cards, compact fluorescent lamp ballasts, and power supplies of personal computers. The affected capacitors were mostly made in the early to mid 2000s, and while news of their failures (usually after a few years of use) has forced most manufacturers to fix the defects, some bad capacitors are still being sold or integrated into designs in early 2007.
In some cases, the root cause of the failing capacitors is industrial espionage gone wrong. Several Taiwanese electrolyte manufacturers began using a stolen formula that was incomplete, and lacked ingredients needed to produce a stable capacitor.
Sadly, once the problems with these capacitors became known, there is evidence that motherboard manufacturers continued to use the bad capacitors either knowingly or unknowingly.

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