All of us are fools....

By Phantasm66 ยท 21 replies
Sep 27, 2002
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  1. Here is an e-mail i sent....

    Remember, we are all learning.... :) :) :)
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I am sure that the best of US are fools... yours stories pleaz////...

    lets face it even the best of US know sweet FA about computers.......

    I would like a topic about the serious mistakes you have all made..... fdisking that c: and all that stuff......
  3. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Lets see

    adding ram to a clients computer while its turned on

    unplugging a hard drive while the computer is on

    ummm...I can probably come up with alot more these two just stick.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    hehehe one time a friend of mine tried to add a HDD to a machine with the power turned on. he fried the motherboard, HDD and ram....

  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I don't even know how many times I've wiped out partitions when I thought there's nothing I'll need, only to find out a minute later I just deleted something important like e-mails, backup images &c. And of course I never remember to make backups until it's too late. I've added and removed hdds and cd-rom drives (IDE) to machines when they've been on, no harm done ever. Sometimes IDE bus locks up if I don't remember to unmount devices and things like that.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I've also heard of connecting IDE devices when the computer is on, probably best though to (if you are brave enough to try it) is to have the power to it on first..... but I wouldn't recommend doing this at all anyway.
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Ordering 512MB of DDR400 with an A7V8x...:rolleyes:

    Just a couple days ago too.
  8. Spliffmeister

    Spliffmeister TechSpot Paladin Posts: 508

    not really relevant... but this morning I forgot to take my trousers to work... I usually pack them in a rucksack as i bike to work and get changed before I start... I had to wear my shorts all day:mad: .
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    There is nothing wrong with that as I am sure it was quite a bit cooler today than most of the others.

    Heh I wear shorts all year round. Even when it is snowing outside. SNGX can vouch for that.
  10. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512


    Forgetting that the drive used LBA, and set it up as a LARGE drive.. Thus all the data was innaccesible, and I did a format...

    3 days later I remembered that my cv and all recommendations was on that drive..... :(
  11. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Heh, was supposed to write zeroes to a friends HDD, took an utill, didn't read the text, woke up the next morning and then it had done the low level format on my primary rigs HDD

    When I read the dialog boxes it warned me that this utill was not made for my friends HDD and thus took mine instead (only choice left)...


    Have killed around four processors in different overclocking attempts, two mobos with volt-mods etc etc ;)
  12. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    That can't be a good thing.....Did you lose any important data??
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Formatted my HD thinking I had a win98SE install handy.
    Only had a "upgrade" disk. Only full operating system I had handy at the time was Dos 6.22. I installed this then upgraded to Win98. Wondered how my HD was full so quick!!!
    MSDOS 6.22 didn't correctly recognise a 20gb disk, I mean why would it ;) It had formatted to a fraction of its true size.
  14. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    I always remember the day that I gleefully ran delpart (a utility that deletes all partitions of all types on all HDDs) and then completely forgot about needed a bootdisk. Its image had been on one of the partitions I just deleted.

    I nearly everyone must have a scary partition story :evil:
  15. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    There is always the Dual boot overwrite MBR fun ;)
  16. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I deal with that fun nearly every time I install an OS, so I don't count that.
  17. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Nah, screwing a HDD with Partitionmagic for example barley counts...

    It's most often the programs fault and not yours, it's just TOO simple to use...

    About my "zeroes problem" Portner, yes, of course I lost everything (for the record it's completley impossible to recover the data when you do a low level format, as opposed to the high level formats that you do with in Windows for example...

    Oh, and of course my newest backup was a few months old to, this is the reason I now remove all HDD's that are not to be formatted when I do a format ;-)

    You know sometimes you learn things to :D
  18. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 185

    dumbest thing is probably... installing a new cpu fan, getting frustrated because the stupid clips are made wrong, and slipping the screw driver off the clip while pushing down really hard... results... frying mobo.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Last night I came back from having 4 beers, not much for me, and decided to start installing service packs for win2000 on my sisters computer. Also during this time I fired up Starcraft and played a few games on battlenet. Well things were going good in the game when I lagged out, thats not supposed to happen on my cable modem. I exit to desktop and see 1 by 1 timing out on everything I have open that is using the net. I guess a cable came loose on the back of my computer.
    So I play around with it a bit - disconnect the wires and reconnect them (2 Nics in my computer - 1 runs crossover to my sister's at the moment) apparantly I hooked them back into the wrong cards. I tried repairing the network connection a couple times- that wasnt' working. I just went to bed.
    Today I get up and am about to call my ISP when I decide that the wires are pretty messy behind my computer so I took them all out and used cable ties and made everything neat, thats when I realized that I hooked them up wrong last night, everything back to normal now.
  20. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Haha at least you didn't have to call and act like a ***** asking them why it doens't work. THat might have been pretty funny when they came to check it out and found that you plugged in your cards wrong.
  21. CrackedButter

    CrackedButter TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Turning the pc on without the fan attached after just purchasing a brand new AMD 1600 XP
  22. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    One great classic one is allowing cabrone to install winxp on my computer. I have 2 separate hard drives that up until my third format of winxp hadn't been partitioned. He was messing around in 'fdisk' seeing which partition he had to format and, as always, BLAZING through warning screens and selection screens with incredible speed. I ended up with a win98 hd and a winxp hd because he deleted the second hard drive holding all of the important stuff i saved off of my win98 partition.

    Dumbest thing i've done personally...Somehow I messed up my hard drive so badly that when I turned on my computer it would say 'remove system disk' as if i had a floppy disk in the computer only there wasn't one. I think i had to write 0s to fix that problem.

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