Video card piece important?

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Zipp080

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Today when I took out my video card I noticed one of the tall cylinders on the card ( dunno what they are called), was really lose and about to fall off, so I nudged it a bit and it came right off. Well my computer started up with out it, and I am currently installing windows XP because, it is a new system (but old card, ti4200), anyways, was that piece important?

The piece is silver and has 3 numbers on the top

2D
330
6V
 
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I would replace the card soon. From the description, it sounds like a capacitor. It can cause major problems including burning out other parts.
 
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As previously posted losing a capacitor means that elements of the card are not getting the correct ampage and the card is likely to fail.
 
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Of course if you are good with a soldering iron you can buy a replacement at Radio Shack or any electronics store and replace it yourself. :)
 
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is it a pny ti 4200 they had lots of problems with the cards burning out got mine replaced for free ( minus shipping and haddling)
 
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