Reply 20 of 62, by retro games 100
I think those caps look OK. A couple of weeks ago, on a slot 1 mobo I was testing that I mentioned earlier, the caps were very closely positioned to the back of the CPU area. Someone before me may have pushed down a CPU in to the slot 1 area, and the clip at the back of the CPU's heatsink may have bashed the caps, because some of them looked chipped.
Re: overheating. I did this experiment: I took a P3-600, and removed its fan entirely. For a temporary measure, I "half-heartedly" propped up a 800 RPM (that's slow!) case fan next to it. I used Windows 98 for about 20 minutes, then felt the top of the CPU's heatsink. I had to withdraw my fingers almost immediately because of the heat. But the system worked fine. No reboots, no problems. If the front part of the heatsink area on your CPU feels tightly adhered to the back part of the CPU - in other words, the whole cartridge arrangement feels as if it's not loose at all in any way, I would rule out an overheating issue.
I've used a couple of POST cards. Generally speaking, I have been unhappy with them. They sometimes report daft things, which are not related to the problem you are dealing with.
Re: Powerleap adapters. I believe you can put any socket 370 P3 in to them. Probably starting at approx. 600, and going up to 1.4 GHz. However, I'm concerned that your mobo may be unhappy with one of these adapters. At the moment, IMHO, it's not worth the risk investing in one. (Unfortunately, they're not that easy to find cheap these days.)
If I were you, I would get another P3-450 to test, and not the SL35D. Whatever you decide to do, good luck.