Like any good geek I used this opportunity to upgrade the hardware but I lazily left the faulty motherboard on a desk and forgot about for several months. A few days ago I picked it up and happened to notice a handful of bulging capacitors.
I've read many tales of capacitors failing and how replacing them can bring electronics back to life but never had first hand experience. I saw this as my opportunity to attempt something risky... without risk.
I ordered a bunch of replacement capacitors, some no-clean flux and solder wick and sat back patiently awaiting their delivery.