Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    Oh, yeah, one time I tried putting the 5" floppy drive controller from an Apple II into an ISA or VLB (I'm not sure which) slot on my old Windows 95 system. I think it blew something on the card :eek:

    oops
  2. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 Newcomer, in training Posts: 524

    Well I feel I should include myself in this, one of the worest things I did with a computer was: When I had my first pc, the front case pulled apart to clean the front vent and the wires to the power button broke so instead of taking it to a computer shop, I got out the screw driver and just tore the entire system apart and basicly ruined it, but it was junk anyways it was a Proteva system.

    Then about 2 months ago I was working on a system and dropped a screw from the casing into the power supply and used a screw driver to try to move the screw out and I didnt notice it was still pluged in, it gave a nice flash and fried the power supply, if I wasnt holding onto the plastic part of the screw driver, I would have been "fried".

    Just thought I should include my computer dumbness
  3. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    OH, I got one! Lol, now this was just plain stupid.

    So this was like a while ago, but I was just being stupid, and was in one of those moods where you don't really think before you act.......so I took a fan control box, one of those ones that uses the single throw switches. Well, I got the brilliant idea (not just mine) too hook that up to my lightswitch (stupid I know)....I forgot to cut one of the wires in the box, and guess what an additional 75-120 watts of direct power did to my cheap ($13-20) psu? And my ATI 9600 (that was a hot card back then), and my Hd (which still works now after repairs by seagate btw), and mobo, oh yeah, and my chip? Socket A, old system.....well...yeah...sparks, pops, and lesson learned< Don't be an *****! ;)
  4. ninvin21

    ninvin21 Newcomer, in training

    Nice thread topic.
    I can't top you guys but in the past when I first got into computers I.

    1.Broke a CD drive By smacking the tray with my knee.

    2.I did a reformat on my dell HDD instead of a PC restore so I lost the Dell partition.
    (I didn't want to do that)

    3.I tried for about 1/2 an hour to do a Dell PC restore (F11) on a non dell computer.

    4.one time I Did a pc restore and when I reinstalled all my programs half of the website's I would vist would not show up so I talked to comcast for about 20 minutes and they said something was blocking the sites.
    Here I had HTTP blocked in peer guardian 2.

    5.I installed XP on my friends hp 510n (It's ok if you don't multi-task)

    6.On myspace one time some ones profile had a pop-up saying I needed a myspace viewer to view the profile and it was malware or something.
    also one time me and a friend were looking for Porn and a pop up said I need a codac to watch and it installed an adware virus.
    A couple quick scans took care of the problems.
    My girlfriend went on some stupid site's on time and ever since I get all kinda spam and we even got "crammed" weird bills were showing up on are phone bill even thought we have broadband cable.(something about a voice mail account)
    (but I have Bittornado and frostwire I have never had a problem from them)

    7.One time I had A bunch of music files and I deleted them from itunes and when I stuck the ipod back in to charge it I deleted all the songs off the Ipod.


    I'm sure there's more but I can't think of anymore right now.
    I used to learn from trial and error now I just read alot before I touch anything.
  5. agi_shi

    agi_shi Newcomer, in training Posts: 507

    Back then it was a record, maybe, but some other OCers went to 8GHz (exactly 8001MHz) with a 3GHz P4 as well.

    I did something stupid, yes. I pulled the wire from the front switch to the mobo by accident. And I thought my system was dead. I went as far as taking everything apart, only to later realize that there was no wire leading to the PW_ON pins =(.
  6. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    I think I ran a 120 MHz Cyrix without a heatsink.

    I sure pity that system when I was working on it...:D
  7. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Posts: 430

    Nothing really dumb happened to me, once I forgot to plug the ATX12V connector and the computer wouldn't do anything except powering on and stop there.

    An other time, I was wondering why I couldn't get a new computer on the wired network. I even reinstalled Windows. I forgot to go in my router's setup to add a MAC address to the MAC filter, and edit my firewall rule only allowing static IP and static DHCP addresses to do something.
  8. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    This isn't really dumb, actually ;), that is if you don't care about your harware...

    Ever tried cooling a pentium III with a glass of water and a napkin? I got the idea from a friend, whose friend did it, lol.....didn't try it for very long....
  9. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    Once with an old clock radio that had no internal transformer (120 V inside) and a motor to turn the clock, I decided to see what happened if I put my screwdriver across the terminals of the motor. It flashed, made a small dent in my screwdriver, and must have flipped the breaker because my mom found out later that the fridge was off! again, oops.
  10. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    Nice, those kinda burns and explosions are always nice!
  11. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    That thing went out into the back yard for a little while, till I was sure it wouldn't catch fire :D
  12. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    I bet, yikes. Actually, I managed to do something like that, but not quiet with a psu I was trying to mod. I was trying to set it up so I could just switch it on by itself ( for testing fans and such). I managed to cut the power in at least my room (woops).
  13. agi_shi

    agi_shi Newcomer, in training Posts: 507

    Ha, how did you do that? Didn't you just short the green pin with a black pin?
     
  14. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 663

    once i went on a website that was obviously gonna anihlate my computer if it didnt have protection, but my a/v and fire wall wouldnt let me click on a link so i turned them both off and there went my old computer.

    had to format it
  15. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    haha, see , that's the simple way to do things ( and the way I do that now), but I was trying to hook up a button so I could just switch it on.....apparently........I wired something wrong.
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,263   +215

    For my first post in this thread.

    Last night I installed Vista.
  17. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 234

    :knock: :grinthumb Haha, that's great!
  18. leadhead

    leadhead Newcomer, in training

    Remember about 5 years ago when that link was getting passed around via email that said "Click this link for your free cup holder"? Anyways, for those that missed it, you would click the link and it would eject your cdrom tray.

    It was a good little harmless joke. Well the Rednecks in the facilities dept. logically deduced that while funny, the email showed them the second of two uses for a computer (The first pretty much being a $1200 deck of cards).

    Wouldnt you know it, I get a trouble call for a cdrom that isnt working and the first thing I notice are brown rings in the cdrom tray. I also notice that other employees not at their desks some of them have open cdrom trays. So I am installing a new cdrom and some of the facilities guys come back and one of them sets his coffee mug in the open cdrom tray!!!

    I relate this information to my boss who becomes other worldly pissed off (I think hes had two heart attacks) and calls the head of the facilities dept and they have a nice little chat.

    Ultimately I had to write a company wide email prohibiting the use of cdrom trays as coffee cup holders!
  19. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I opened my friends dead PSU to jack the LED fans inside. Opened it no problem. One the fans already had a 2-pin connector so I could hook it right up! The other I had to add a connector on. So I found my dead AC Cooler. Took the plug of stripped the wires. Taped them togethor, then I accidently tore the wires out of the fan, they touched the PCs HDD and killed it.

    The other I I cut the 2-pin connector of and sttacted the 3-pin. That one works good. To bad I lost a 40GB HDD.
  20. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TechSpot Maniac Posts: 544

    Hey Tedster, remember Kid Icarus??

    Betterr yet, Moon Rover!!
  21. Fiziks

    Fiziks Banned Posts: 229

    when I was just a younger alpha version of my current self I'd always try to get PC games to work on my commodore Amiga and vice versa.


    why not, that sounds like it'd work just fine... for a pentium
  22. Stacey

    Stacey Newcomer, in training Posts: 153

    Me Too

    :knock:
    I thought I was special! I did the same thing, on a different site!
  23. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 10,067   +13

  24. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 Newcomer, in training Posts: 168

    i ran xp on a 660 mhz 64 mb of ram 250 gig drive
  25. agi_shi

    agi_shi Newcomer, in training Posts: 507

    My cousin ran it on a 600MHz, oh yeah!! Top that! ;) :unch:


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