Dumb stuff people do on their computers

By Tedster ยท 249 replies
Mar 15, 2006
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  1. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    I think he was behind the plywood.
  2. Finchy

    Finchy TS Rookie Posts: 353

    In my schools' DT labs, people shove hot soldering irons into the desk, the case, the mouse, the keyboard, the monitor case, anything they can reach. :hotbounce

    Some of the mice have more holes than a wegde of Gorgonzola. :evil:
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    mmm.. smell that burning plastic... (choke) puke: :dead:

    so many posts cant remember if this was done already.. it brings me back to nooby days and high school...

    Noob: Hey mate, how do you burn a cd?
    Person: you use a lighter and just go in circles around the cd.....

    although another version of that joke would have added this to it: [hands him a lighter]
  4. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    My son Timmy didnt like his moms new live-in boyfriend Wayne. This was back in the days when people ran BBS's. At that time i didnt even have a computer. Anyway, from what i was told it took untold amounts of hours to build a BBS. And i believe he had other, similar items on his computer in which he had a lot of time, maybe a second BBS, not sure on that part. My son got mad because Wayne ate the last of the ice cream so he formatted Wayne's hard drive. Wayne called me so i told him to spank Timmy on the rear only, and when he wasnt so mad, lol. Seems to me Wayne told me it would be 30 or 40 hours for him to rebuild what he had on the computer!

    Now that i know computers, i have customers. I had one bring in his pc, it wouldnt start up. He left it and i walked by it and called the customer back in as he was leaving. I told him i bet he just drywalled a lot of his house. He said he had a raised ranch and he drywalled the lower level. He wondered how i knew that. I told him that normal dust is grey but the dust on his pc fan was white! Later i took the case off and the rather large P3 heatsink on the cpu was totally full of drywall dust, same with the fan of course, and vast amounts of drywall dust everywhere. I had to take apart the whole pc and the power supply. A total mess. Once back together the pc ran fine.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    dust and electronics ..... always a great combo!
  6. danswebs

    danswebs TS Rookie Posts: 53

    I have two good links to funny things


    and this isnt exactly dumb but is rather funny

  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    What a waist of those cpus. Well if you don't got anything better to do.
  8. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    Thats what i was thinking, what a waste of a pc! Pretty darn stupid if you ask me.
    Of course, i take donations of P3 and P4 computers, refurbish them and they go out to schoolkids who dont have one at home. I do it thru the charity i am affiliated with. So there's a computer that could have found a new home. Some of these kids are happy just to have a P3 500! So it kind of makes me a bit angry.

    Most of us have see that website where a pc tech has a ton of crazy stuff, like a fried mouse in a pci slot and another mouse in a printer, bunch of stuff like that. I will have to see if i can find it again.

    So far, the weirdest thing i have personally seen is my drywall dust story, cant compare to the other stories.
  9. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    waist? I guess the computer has a weight problem!!
    (I think you meant to say waste!)

  11. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    I liked the videos...I liked when they blew the computer to tiny peices...lol!

    I also like 5GHz project. Very, very, very creepy. 5200 MHz reached...thats pretty fast.

    Intel P4 vaporized...lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    They can sure reach 5.2Ghz, but I dare bet they can't do anything with that computing power :D

    It was just a stunt.
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    reminds me of the old Vic20 computer virus that would overheat a chip and kill the computer.
  14. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Well it's not like they can't take a trip over to weight watchers.
  15. cm1286

    cm1286 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Lead Weights and Rubber Bands

    "I used lead weights and a ruber bands to balance my fan". Dont worry he turned it off when the band broke and smashed his graphics cards I heard the pyrotechnics were awesome.
  16. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    Hehehe, and now the card has the weights soldered on it.
  17. cm1286

    cm1286 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Oh yea i think it snapped the card right out of its slot
  18. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    sounds like slapping the old TV set to get it to work!
  19. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    At least, that works! (I do this with my old TV instead of taking 30 minutes to open the TV, discharge the >15kV CRT and 400v capacitors and re-making two solders that I know where they are located)
  20. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

  21. doktaluv

    doktaluv TS Rookie Posts: 32

    QFT a million times over. I don't know who is more pathetic: people who try to use ASUS Update, or ASUS for actually thinking that making a 'live internet BIOS update' would actually do more good than harm.
  22. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,000   +15

    A live BIOS update? Must be a new thing... never heard of an online BIOS update. By nature BIOS updating is done on a root level with a floppy drive or floppy emulator on a CD rom. The former is the preferred method.

    BIOS updating is very dangerous for the novice. One screw up can yield a dead computer.
  23. doktaluv

    doktaluv TS Rookie Posts: 32

    Well, fortunately for most users, ASUS has pretty much abandoned the live update for BIOS -- last I checked the server for the updates was totally offline.

    I can't imagine how it could possibly work -- since it's done on a root level you'd think that having other processes running would conflict with the flash. Not to mention the danger you'd be in if your internet connection decided to throw a fit in the middle of the download.

    Hmm, something tells me the ASUS RMA department forced them to stop doing live updates to BIOS....
  24. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    I would never even consider doing a bios flash in real time via the net, at least not with the standard pc and pc equipment and the isp i have.
    I wonder, perhaps this live bios update was geared toward business with such things as gigabit ethernet and fibre-optic cabling, things like that or similar that most people dont do at home? Maybe that is the answer as it just doesnt seem within the realm of possibility with a home pc and standard gear.
    How about trying to do a bios flash with a wireless network, lol.
  25. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Had a guy that was fixing a PC for a friend who was here in the UK who managed to switch the PSU from 240 volts to 110 volts and wondered what had gone wrong!!!

    It happened here on TechSpot but the guy deleted most of his post after he realised just how stupid he had been.

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