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Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. uh.... I got a virus on my computer and it toasted my data and I don't use anti-virus software.....

    um I let my kid play games on my computer while eating an ice cream cone and now the keys are all sticky

    I installed a new motherboard without grounding myself and I saw a spark hit the motherboard, now it won't work

    my spouse forced a floppy disk into the zip drive and now it's stuck

    I was using my laptop while on the toilet and it slipped and fell in and got wet, now it won't work

    I was surfing porn and downloaded a trojan and now all my files are corrupted

    I use instant messanging software and can't understand why I have viruses

    I posted my email address on a public forum and now I am inundated with spam

    I loaded windows XP on my ancient computer with 256mb of memory and can't understand why it's slow.

    I use windows ME

    I took my hard disk out from another computer and installed it in my new computer and I can't understand why it won't work
     
  2. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Posts: 378

    I forced a mini disk into the floppy drive when I was 8 :angel:
     
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Rookie Posts: 2,371

    Just a few by the wayside comments on a couple of those...

    Change that to p2p and I agree wholeheartedly :D

    I've done this a few times with reasonable results.

    I did this successfully, purely by chance, two days ago. an install from a 1.7 celeron with 512 ram, 1 cd drive, geforece4 graphics, and 10gig hdd, went into a 1.2 athlon with 256 of ram with a 40gig slave hdd, a dvd rom, cdrw, and geforce 2 agp. suprisingly it worked without repair.
     
  4. stan walden

    stan walden TS Rookie

    Why not add to your list of dumb stuff and dumb people,

    I had a hard disk memory problem, which I fixed so well that now I have no sound . . ."No Audio Device" it keeps spelling out to me. At least everything else now works fine, and I can always sing and talk to myself, or even whistle, while I try and work out where it has gone, 'cause it was there before.

    Stan Walden.
     
  5. Nukey

    Nukey TS Rookie Posts: 114

    Well nothing beats trying to shove an AGP graphics card in a PCI-E slot. And calling technical support. And paying alot in call out charges. No that wasnt me, honest... :eek: :blush:
     
  6. lithiumdeuterid

    lithiumdeuterid TS Rookie Posts: 91

    I paid $1,800 for a Macintosh, only to find out it has an Intel chip in it.

    (Note: This is a hypothetical situation.)
     
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    I use AIM and Yahoo, and i have never had a problem (minus wild tanget) Now, i dont go clicking everything in everyones profile.
    Now, this on the otherhand, it on the money. I had a p3 laptop with ME, it was god awful. I dont think i could go an hour with out explorer-Not Responding.
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    I've NEVER paid money for tech support over the phone. That's a pure money pit and a scam. They'll keep you on hold forever and ultimately will tell you to mail the faulty component back in.

    Heck, why pay when we have fine gentlemen and ladies here willing to help here at techspot for free!
     
  9. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    I was trying to pull a AGP Card out of the socket port and ripped a heatsink off, now it won't work and I'm back to onboard crappy graphics and my games won't work lol


    now that's killer



    Why won't my computer work without the cpu fan ???


    (aw you guys got all the good one like the the floppy into a zip drive not far)
     
  10. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    not so hypothetical now.. Mac Powerbook with Intel Core Duo.... $3000AU.. gonna be mine veeeerrry soon.... :giddy:
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    I can understand buying non mainstream computers. Heck, I was an extreme Atari 8bit enthusiast back in the day. In fact, I'm trying to rebuild a system, but I am finding certain parts extremely hard to come by.
     
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

  13. josbd

    josbd TS Enthusiast Posts: 289


    Now THAT has to be the most dumb thing ever........ even worse, that people still USE it!
     
  14. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    Spike Quote; Quote:
    "I took my hard disk out from another computer and installed it in my new computer and I can't understand why it won't work

    I did this successfully, purely by chance, two days ago. an install from a 1.7 celeron with 512 ram, 1 cd drive, geforece4 graphics, and 10gig hdd, went into a 1.2 athlon with 256 of ram with a 40gig slave hdd, a dvd rom, cdrw, and geforce 2 agp. suprisingly it worked without repair."

    Now this isn't dumb, I just would not ever had even tried to do it , thinking it was not possible!!! At least not without some significant, system ,driver etc ,changes.
    I'm impressed Spike ;The real secret to knowledge partly comes from experimentation.
     
  15. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,598

    I tried to live flash my BIOS over the internet from ASUS website.
    "Say no more, say no more, good as a wink to a blind bat."
     
  16. Spike

    Spike TS Rookie Posts: 2,371

    Hehe. I was pretty impressed myself. lol

    You've gotta love it when things go better than expected, and it just goes to show that sometimes it's best just to take a chance if it's not going to do any damage :) For the sake of 5 minutes that could potentially have been wasted, I probably saved myself at least an hours work. (well, make that two, because the install was almost fully updated before I changed it over to it's new home)
     
  17. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    My school runs win me on all the puters and macs (macs from 4 years ago and pcs from 3).



    It's the wirediest os ever and it always crashes.
     
  18. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    My school runs 2000 as well, but i think the os is solid as a rock. Compared to 98 and ME.

    And how do you have 2000 on a Mac?
     
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    hmmmm.... another one for the hall of shame.....
     
  20. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 484

    Nothing like working in tech support and tell the customer to reboot the computer and they come back in half a second they say nothing is happening. You have them press and hold the button in to see if they can get the computer to go off. They say that it does. Have them turn it back on only to have them say that it just came back to the same screen. It is then you realise they are just turning their monitor on and off not their computer.
     
  21. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    hmmmm. Nothing like calling tech support and they tell you they'll be be back in a second and you're on hold for 20 minutes (paying $.)

    Of course paying $ for tech support is foolish also. (that's what techspot is for!)
     
  22. dIsCo_dEaTh

    dIsCo_dEaTh TS Rookie Posts: 18

  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    add: I use P2P programs like limewire - now I have a virus/ trojan
     
  24. Denimbear

    Denimbear TS Rookie

    I Think I may have you all beat

    :haha: Ok this one is defentally for Dumb as a box of Rocks catagory here :haha: lol .
    I had just gotten my Old Gateway upgraded to Xp right. Ok then I went to install my ISP software and it didnt go in right . So I went back up there to Add /Remove proggies k to uninstall the ISP Software k.
    BUT BOY DID I MISCLICK from heck that day and accidentally Deleted my Root32.exe Files by mistake.
    Needless to say I had to Wipe , reformat and reload every thing again and The P****er of it all was that I had to get all those Stupid ME updates(The Gateway came as a nightmare ME machine) Downloaded again VIA DIAL UP :mad: . I was Never So mad at myself in my entire Life lol .
    And Hmmm I wonder why Dont you ???
    :haha: Denim

    Oh Btw I learnt the HARDWAY that day YOU DONT DO THAT !!! lol :knock:

    That was Like 4 years ago or so , Ive gotten a day or two older since then and a LOT wiser. lol
    Denim :haha:
     
  25. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,074   +13

    yesturd-day I cudn spel grag-e-ate. twoday i r one.
     


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