I took special interes on this, since I have actually seen 3 capacitors completely blown out at the top, and some more showing bad signs. Since they were close to the CPU, I thought it was usual for them if the function was to regulate voltage to the CPU, but reading this makes me think it is not (after all I don't have the master design of the motherboard)While it may be true that we go through a lot more motherboards at PCstats.com than an average consumer will in a lifetime, it's the boards that fail which seem to get noticed most - especially when they force a dreaded system reinstall. This particular Slot A motherboard was recently retired from active duty because the computer it was in became unstable, and too unreliable.
Anyhow, I would like to share this with all of you, since it might be something to look for when you find weird computer problems in systems that otherwise would be healthy. The computers I have seen this are Vectra PIII (I think VL8 is the model) from 500 Mhz to 1 GHz. About 10 of them. Knowing that I am armed to open a support case with HP now