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Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster ยท 249 replies
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. Dabears

    Dabears TS Rookie Posts: 35

    About 1 year ago I was having problems with my computer being slow and I went in BIOS and underclocked my processor :(
  2. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Posts: 158

    Got somebody in a mom-and-pop joint I was working in that came in with his whole computer and told me his "pointer" wouldn't move. Turned out his mouse was a ball mouse, and it had no ball in it. Now, we kept a supply of 'em on reserve, and I wanted to get get fired anyways so I could enjoy the rest of summer break so I turned to the guy and said "Now, as much as I like using company money to give you something for free that you should have brought yourself- next time you bring this computer in for this stupid crap, bring a ball or two"

    Edited by Poertner_1274: Please watch your language
    Edited by thebaronjocelin: I tried to give it the punchline I intended while keeping it obscenity-free. If I didn't do a good enough job, just ask me to remove the post. Thank you for your efforts to keep TechSpot cool for all users.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    You're Being Too Hard on Yourself......

    Like wouldn't that give the RAM and HDD chance to catch up?
  4. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Im still puzzling this one out...:confused:

  5. Dabears

    Dabears TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Soo my effort to fix my computer was actually a decent thing to do? Damn shows how much I know about computers :D
    Also back to the topic at hand. I remember a few years back my friends and I took a bat to a CRT monitor. It was stupid but fun :D
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    The pathway to mental health is arduous indeed.....

    Again, here's an example of a proactive, worthwhile effort at reducing stress and thereby redirecting ones attention, focus if you will, at giving the surviving part of the system the attention it deserves. Especially after the monitor gave it's last full measure of devotion.
  7. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Yeah but they should have touched the capacitors to see if there was any charge left! :p
  8. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6


    But it would be fun to take a shotgun to a CRT monitor. Of course, I'd leave the glass cleanup for somebody else.
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Like the 3 year girl who posted all Daddy's credit cards into the floppy drive slot. Daddy then reported them all lost. I found them a week later when they asked me to fix the floppy. Moral - don't let 3 year old wimmin near computers or credit cards!
  10. valiant

    valiant TS Rookie

    i took a friends computer without his harddrive and when i installed a hard drive that i got from the same guy ...all i can say is a whole lot of beeeping ..
  11. RedVision_350

    RedVision_350 TS Rookie

    I summoned the awesome power of ESD to obliterate my motherboard. Grounding is for the weak.

    ...And the smart :dead:
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    It's like a movie......

    Sparks fly out of your Fingers? Zowie, you're like the emperor in Star Wars.
  13. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    My neighbor's computer did the same thing!

    It took literally 2 hours to boot up and let all the programs load everything, I installed all the anti virus / anti spyware stuff howard told me to and found over 3800+ viruses and spyware, then I looked into the Add / remove section and the little scoll bar was so small that it took about 5 minutes to go from the top of the list to the bottom. ( It was a 800gig hard drive ;) )

    Took about 4 hours to uninstall most of the unneeded crap like MSN, AIM, LimeWire and BearShare, only got paid $15 :(
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    Tales of Treachery and Deceit

    The optimist would say, "Oh, well at least I got paid". Where I live people think a handshake is an overcharge.
    In any event this post seems slightly misplaced, but then again, we don't have a thread for "Rude things a******* do to computer technicians
  15. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    But did you get any beer?!?! :slurp:
  16. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Beer's good.

    Really, if I'm not getting paid by the hour, I'd just tell the guy: I recommend a full reformat.

    If they're paying me by the hour, I'd gladly sit there with a 2L bottle of Dew, and watch the animation on the defragmenting screen....
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,308

    Not That I'm Speaking from Experience.....

    There may be other pschycotropic compounds which might enhance your viewing enjoyment even further. (than beer)
  18. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    *Super Bump*

    Maybe you should add this:

    Perfect...:evil: and it's true too!
  19. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I'd do the same thing, CMH, as long as they weren't poor (most of the people I know/deal with).....like me...X_D
  20. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 TS Rookie Posts: 59

    "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 really don't want to sound dumb, but why can't you do that? And how do you quote something so it's in its own little box?
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    If you really want to know, it is because Windows installs to the motherboard and processor and it you take it out and connect it to a different board and processor it does not recognise them and refuses to run. There are ways to deal with this, however!
  22. tgreaves

    tgreaves TS Rookie Posts: 40

    A long time ago I had a 3.5" floppy drive that had a broken spring in it so the read head would not lift back up after you took the floppy out..

    I tried forcing it and it knocked the read head off of the circuit board that it was soldered to..

    I then tried to super glue the read head back on to the circuit board....It didnt work.. So then I went and bought another one for $75.. :(

    Wow, thats like 2 stupid things put together..
  23. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Well if you didn't uninstall the previous stuff on that HDD ( Windows and other programs you might have ) and try and put it into RAID or something similar with multiple hard drives it could corrupt previous Windows installations.

    To answer the second question you have to type quote with brackets ( [] ) and end it with /quote with brackets ( [] )

    So like

  24. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    They'll tell you otherwise, but I feel your pain. In college (I went to an art college in Tampa Bay) we had to draw animations on paper and transfer that to a digital with a Mac.

    It worked about 1/5 times. I remember several times I tried, I would have to start all over again. It was seriously sorry. That was my first real experience with a Mac. I remember one guy flipping out when I was waiting for my turn to use the computer. He got up pitching a fit and I remember him showing up throwing stuff later on when I was in the break room.

    Lesson: Don't use a Mac. It makes students very angry. :p
  25. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Thanks TimeParadox, but if you erased everything on the old hard drive you could then put it in another computer right?

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