Dumb stuff people do on their computers

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

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I remember I saw a post on hardforumz about a guy crying that his motherboard temp was 65C and his cpu temp was 75C. His pc ran on fans and guess what...he lived in an unairconditioned house in Arizona
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9



    Ahh, I remember when I was a n00b like that :( . Nothing like plugging in the power cord for a hard drive when the computer is on....it started smoking ;) .
  3. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373


    I ran XP a few years back on a K6 233mhz machine with 256mb of ram.

    The thing didnt actually do to terribly bad but it was slow. I think the 256 of memory did helped it the most. It was a special board that used SDRAM PC66 memory dimms although it did have IDO SIMM slots also.
  4. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    I ran Win XP Pro on a 500 hz Intel p3 from 1999 with 64 mb and a 10 gb hdd and thn before on an amd k6 with 256mb+ ram and a 20 gb hdd, this computer was from 1999 as well
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    That is quite a feat. :D Or did you mean 500 mhz? ;)
  6. Envergure

    Envergure TS Booster Posts: 134

    I didn't dust my computer put for five and a half years and the CPU caught fire :D.

    I had to replace the motherboard, audio card, power supply, tower, headphones (unrelated), keyboard and mouse (also unrelated). I also needed a new hard drive for the system reload, and my monitor isn't in great shape either.

    My video card miraculously survived :eek:, and I still have the same microphone and desk lamp.

    Total cost: $350-something CAD (yeah, I got some cheap parts).

    Oh, and now I dust my computer more often :D.
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I learned never to drink coke next to a computer :grinthumb ! That 0 on the number pad is still sticky...and that spill was a good 4 years ago :eek: !
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    porn will always make the keyboard sticky too....
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Umm......no comment.......:grinthumb !
  10. Myzz617

    Myzz617 TS Maniac Posts: 369

    LMFAO..yea dont tell no one u have a web cam. Especially College girls...working in a hospital wil tech you two thing: Technically...Doctors are illiterate...2: Never leave any liquids open near a PC.

    But i guess when its not your PC you pay for who cares.
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Things a user can do

    Granted, this one happened years ago (when floppy disks were common in all those PCs) but i still think goes one better in examples of tech phone support and what users on the other end can do. TRUE STORY

    McDonalds installed PCs with custom applications in their stores to interface with cash register, inventory, etc to help run the store. There was also a Help Desk, of course. Someone at one of the stores called because they were having problems with the PC.
    • Help Desk tells them to insert a diskette
    • User says "What"?
    • Help Desk tells them to insert a diskette into the slot
    • User says OK and after a pause says nothing is happening
    • Help Desk finally figures out User stuffed a biscuit into the diskette drive
  12. Myzz617

    Myzz617 TS Maniac Posts: 369

    LMFAO but hey thats why Techs, no help desk people unless your like @ the Senior level, the techs who fix Pc's and visit user who have Tchnical issues, get paid Good money.

    Im only an intern, but damn i am working my ***** off so i can get a good hookup :)
  13. mysvxrocks

    mysvxrocks TS Rookie Posts: 17

    dumbest thing i did... chose to get a computer with windows Mistake Edition.... shoulda stuck with 98SE
  14. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,265

    dumbest thing i did two years back on my desktop (when I was still quite a noob at everything):

    discovered some terrible malware and virus. I reformatted the system and reinstalled windows XP which took freeakinggggg lonnggg.
    I did a search for the bad files which turned up nothing, then did a search in windows registry. It showed up, so I deleted it. Later on I researched for the files in hidden files and folders which again turned up nothing, then search in registry which showed up again.
    I thought this was terrible (somebody told me it was possible the infection resided in the hard disk or something) and did a reformat + clean install again.

    Repeated this entire process like 3-5 times before I realised that the value showing up in the registry was under HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Search Assistant\ACMru\5603 and the full impact of the words Search Assistant hit me.
  15. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6


    (no offense, of course)
  16. Myzz617

    Myzz617 TS Maniac Posts: 369

    WOW....I would kind of say that you definitely felt Salted! haha
  17. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    :D :grinthumb

    I laughed so hard I couldn't stop!
  18. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    How the...:haha: ?
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Topic Starter Posts: 6,002   +15

    a biscuit? This sounds like a Richard Gear syndrome (except without hamsters.)
  20. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    interesting...i wonder how the drive reacted to that!
  21. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Well... i'd guess for once the drive actually had a bite instead of a byte.
  22. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    :haha: LookinAround :grinthumb !

    I say that there are some people that aren't too technically advanced in this world :D !
  23. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    Don't take this offensively, but... Thanks Captain Obvious.
  24. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I like biscuits....

    Maybe the guy thought the biscuits would go well with the cookies in the temp files :D
  25. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 TS Booster Posts: 128

    actually my friend is running xp 500 mhz 128 mgs of ram patched bios so he could put three 80 gig drives on it now top that :p

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