Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    The problem is to be sure your IDE plug is perfectly aligned and that you're not too slow in plugging the IDE plug.

    The guy who gave me the P3 800MHz(That would've went in the trashcan) called it like this.

    I already heard "... that noisy thing ... there!"
    'cause a computer is a monitor as everyone knows!


    Great! They should be removable and you should keep replacements in stock...

    Today every average Joe has a computer, so imagine if it would have happened back in the 5¼ drives and serial/parallel port era : CD-ROMs in floppy drives and ever ports ripped out!
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,078   +14

  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,078   +14

    I put a book on top of the vent because it was making too much noise.
  4. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    Open both covers, empty the freezer and put the computer in it. Now cut a bit of insulation to get the wires out and seal all this. External optical drives are preferable to make it easier to change CDs. They're less cold also.

    But seriously, I think that some people already connected water blocks to their air conditioner.

    Perhaps the guys at already did. I *think* that he talked about this. The guy already done peltier cooling on some Celerons... (Getting the processor at -2 C.)

    Which one? The PSU?
  5. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Hahaha! To add onto this discussion, once upon a time I seriously found a Sandwich shoved into a Floppy Drive :haha:. Someone must've thought it was a toaster? :rolleyes:
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    May be it was getting quite warm in there :p

    I'll try frying eggs on my overclocked CPU next time.
  7. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    A CPU's a bit small, no? Getting juice on the motherboard... ;-)
    Maybe with a water-block connected to a plate?
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Now thats an idea worth exploring.... Not that it'll be called a waterblock... an eggblock maybe :D
  9. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    And once your eggs are cooked you put a stove-top coffee machine to cool it down. :D

    Maybe some peltier cooling would be useful not to overheat the CPU + eggs get ready faster.

    Gotta try to overclock the Athlon XP 2000+ Palomino with that! (Same core as the 2100+ / The last 0.18µm CPU -> Too much heat! -> The reason for the 8" fan I talk about in the other topic)

    Bonus : You save energy! Instead of heating the house in summer, you cook food with it!
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Maybe we can do soemthing less radical, having oil around the PC makes it stink.

    A coffee warmer will be nice. And obviously much more doable :p Just "forget" to put a radiator on your watercooling setup, and plunge your coffee mug into the reservoir :D
  11. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    I just wonder how we'll get the mug to hold in a CD-ROM tray at the same time...
  12. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    I work with computers that kids use all day. We have had to make a Floppy Snacher device that will fish out things from flopyy drives. I have found rings (as mention) and array of pen pencils, Zip disks, cigarettes etc etc
  13. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    I borrowed a friends spare pc for a lanparty session once, it was higher spec than mine so i thought it'd be nice and quick.

    It wasn't.

    He was using windows default drivers on it as he thought that they would be better than the manufacturers drivers???? Doh!!!!
  14. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    UM...... :suspiciou
  15. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    Originally Posted by AtK SpAdE
    kids use all day........... cigarettes etc etc[/quote]

    UM...... [/quote]

    I'd say the same thing...

  16. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    HaHa ok that didnt come out right. The "kids" are my fellow teenagers, so they think its funny to stick things in the drives. One time, i was fishing out the drive (with the improvised paperclip hook) and found two cigarettes. THey were broken in half and made a total mess.

    We also (on the network) have a "shared" drive, which allows students to save things in a location that anyone logged into the network can accsess. So people love to go through and change aorund peoples projects, reports etc. Dumbest idea ever.
  17. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    Must be smoking more than cigarette to find that fun...

    Do you really use the floppy drive? It could be removed too.
  18. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Yes AtK SpAdE, I'm with you there! Although when I was in High School we didn't have the standard Dell Dimension B110 (decent computer especially for the price, I'd prefer it over one of those old school Macs any day!). It made me mad whenever kids thought it would be hilarious to remove the faceplates, and mess with the computers innards. Or as you said mess with the Files, I've lost loads of work because of stupid people, that's why this generation High School students are lucky, they have Flash Drives.
  19. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Our Cafe PCs don't have cd-roms or floppies. We have network shares, CD emulators etc...

    For public computers I like those desks where the PC and monitor are "in" it, and you look down at the monitor from the glass top. They can't even touch the screen! Nor the PC of course.

    ha, I remember the old macs in grade school! Can't say it was much of a computer class, we mostly just played gyromite the whole time.
  20. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    Actually, the students are allowed to use the floppy drive. It would be nice to take the suckers out, but we cant.

    Because of all the mayhem students have caused we have had to:

    -Glue mice shut, so that they can not steal the mouse balls. (now dell gives us optical which is heavenly)
    -Limit users from right clicking (they mess things up to bad)
    -Limit users from accses the C: drive. (the only thing they can get to is the network drive)

    And yet we still have people screw around. They love to take the small rubber bands that are used inside of some CD drives as gears
  21. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    Hahaha! True true, never really accomplished anything in my Computer Class as well, it pretty much took the entire period just for the computers to start up anyway. Amazing how the standards have changed so much, so quickly though. Because I graduated by at least 1997-98 and it seems like once I got out, they began to see a need for advancing these horrible computers. And now that I see my cousin using the Dells that I mentioned before, it makes me kind of jealous!
  22. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 430

    Hey! Same thing here at school : People steal mouse balls and CD-ROM belts.
    But they can't delete every files because they use Deep Freeze (You can format the drive but if you restart the computer, everything's back to normal. Every changes done are reversed on restart.)

    What are they doing too...
    -Breaking the floppy drives (Especially the eject buttons on the old P2 dells we have)
    -Moving the letters on the keyboard to write "**** Scho0l"
    -Pull off the 2nd 5½ drive covers
    -Destroy mice and their pads
    -Put the screen UI in Chinese and leave the brightness and contrast at max. level. (A lot of CRTs are pretty dark now)

    On the software side it's pretty safe, the OS is protected and every sites you go are controlled by the schoolboard's server. I think that the BIOS is passwor-protected too, but who knows what a BIOS is? (Anyways, Dell isn't telling the BIOS key (F2) on the boot screen) Hey! We run Win95 but browse the Internet on optical fiber, I already got 2 Mb/s downloads when the download location was fast enough.
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,078   +14

    now if the rings are worth something..... hmmmmmm.....

    fishin' for gold?
  24. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Tedster...Lord of the Rings...

    Has a nice ring to it don't you think? lol
  25. Akio

    Akio TS Rookie Posts: 262

    HAAHAHA! I've never thought about doing that, although there were kids that would grab keys from keyboards and put them in a different keyboard. Like this one day I saw a keyboard that just had a series of 4's (including the Num Key 4) which was quite suprising. Whoever it was has way to much free time! They had to of spent the whole day going around the school to every Keyboard taking out the number 4, then go all the way back to the original Keyboard just to put them in.

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