Dumb stuff people do on their computers

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

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    That's a good one! :haha: :haha:
  2. Condor

    Condor TS Maniac Posts: 388

    installed a cpu without a heatsink thinking it take up space. 1 min later after booting up i can smell pancake hmmm pancake
  3. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    One time I was super pi$$3d at my computer so instead of shutting down with the button or with start button, I just yanked the PSU cord out of the Motherboard :). That was back in the day when I had a Pentium 4 1.7GHz, and D845PEBT2 Codename: Blue Mountain Motherboard.
  4. gavilan

    gavilan TS Rookie Posts: 62

    one time i set the CPU jumpers on a 586 mobo (back when you had to configure the CPU with jumpers) on accident to a combination that wasnt listed in the manual. When I turned the power on the CPU caught fire :D

    Another time my aunt brought over her old 486 that apparently wasnt turning on for some reason. I plugged it in and flipped the power switch (no button) and the power supply exploded in a shower of sparks and this black smoke just started billowing out. It actually blew the freakin circuit breaker in the house.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Two days ago, my computer booted w/o any mobo nor any connected device power, and I got upset, and I wanted to see if the dedicated video card PSU was the problem so I took it out with power going to the video card still.....thank God there was no damage :unch: !
  6. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    One time in my dad's office a PSU blew out. They had flames coming out the back of the thing.

    If only their surveillance cameras would have caught that...:D
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    "Smart people have intellegence, but no common sense" :D

    Kitty, this isn't about your post, I'm just saying this in general :grinthumb
  8. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    That's very true, cfitzarl! :haha:
  9. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    my friend miswired his front panel USB headers once. immediately upon power-on, dense smoke filled the case. he had hooked up the ground to the voltage supply pin on the USB header, creating a short curcuit to his case. the wire's insulation was damaged, but once hooked up properly everything still worked. he didn't think it was very funny at the time, however.
  10. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    My friends POS PC doesn't have the case cover on. So he was messing with a metal mouse ball and it dropped on his video card, killing it. So now he's using my eVGA e-GeForce 6200 128MB AGP!
  11. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

  12. Tedster

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

    and people wonder why their stuff doesn't work or takes forever to load...
  13. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    I remember once when I worked at a Dell call centre, someone, believe it or not, actually did this. The tech agent asked the customer, "Now, can the monitor see the printer?" The customer replied, "OK, I have the monitor turned facing the printer!" No word of a lie, he actually turned his monitor to face the printer.
  14. rusta

    rusta TS Rookie

    Turn your monitor into a...

    Speaking about monitors, anybody ever see this one.


    Right click and save target as
  15. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,486   +45

    my cousin put a sticker on the northbridge cooler and it caught fire :p
  16. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    I just had a customer who, believe it or not, actually said this. I had been working on her comp which was heavily infected with virus and spyware. She hadn't been using any anti-virus or anti-spyware, so no surprise. After 4 hours, I could not fix everything although I did get most of it working. Unfortunately, I could not recover her Internet which is very important to her. I booked a time to come back and perform a factory image restore. I called ahead and she said, "I've been thinking about it and I'm going to take it to the Dell service centre and get them to fix it!"
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Scary as it is, I'm not sure thats so stupid......

    As harsh as pulling the plug seems, I honestly believe it's a valuable recovery technique for a locked up box. Pull the plug, boot into safe mode, OK your way into "Boot into last known good configuration" and you're back in business. None the worse for wear, no harm, no foul and all that rubbish.
  18. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    But straight from the motherboard?

    Pulling the plug from the PSU is one thing, from the motherboard is a totally different matter....
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558


    Show some mercy, I screwed up. In my own defense I can only say, "Forgive me, I can't read, I used to work for the Post Office".
  20. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Can I get an AMEN?? :p

    This reminds me of a computer I had to send in for warranty work from my job. After a few days it was sent back via (wont mention courier name). Well it never showed up after repair to me. Four weeks rolled by when I get a call from the courier, they somehow shipped the computer to Isreal! We never got it back, the courrier had to pay a claim for losing the computer. Three more months roll by before it is all settled and we get a new computer at work to replace the lost one.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    What Truly Amazes Me Is.......

    That any shipping method or company was able to override the computer's natural homing instinct to return to it's native soil in Taiwan for spawning.
  22. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Well I went out to a guy just recently, he had a PC, about 3 years old, now as far as he can remember he has never actually ever used the "add/remove programs" section of the PC, or do any kind of housekeeping on the PC, its used by the family and has 5 accounts on it and it was running slower than XP on a 486 with 32meg of memory, im talking initial load time to welcome screen of some 10 minutes, then a further 5 minutes to load the desktop, needless to say to combat this they never actually ever rebooted it just used the fast switcher option to change accounts.

    Well I arrived at his house at 7pm and set to work, im not kidding the PC had 18 items down by the clock, the add/remove section was so long it was twice as long as the screen and his desktop was barely visible due to icons.

    It took 2 hours just to remove the programs, use MSCONFIG to disable items loading at startup and finally go into Explorer and delete all the old leftover folders found after a bad uninstall.

    The amazing thing was, there wasnt a hint of spyware of viruses on the computer, this may have been due to his AV or just dam good luck.

    Then came time to defrag the drive, when I ran the analysis of the drive it was so badly fragmented that I knew if I stayed until completion it was likely to be midnight before I left.

    I left instructions on what to do and returned the next evening.

    Load time now 1.30 minutes (ok still slow but better) and time to desktop load is about 30 seconds ( a vast improvement) I had him delete all the old profiles and start again (some of the profiles had large amounts of old data).

    The point im making here is that most problems people face is down to sheer ignorance, born from going into places like PC world and the like and just buying a PC, without any idea of the things that are needed to be done to make sure the PC that has just cost them a considerable amount of money stays in top condition.

    Now these places know full well that most of them will be back sooner or later and fleece them for a fortune.

  23. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Your article is no surprise at all. I've had numerous customers who don't take care of their comp. Yes, it's usually spyware from not using the proper utilities, but I've had simple neglict.

    I had one customer who had bad spyware, cleaned it up, told his sons to stop using the p2p filesharing and left a maintenance checklist. Two months later, I'm back at their place as the comp was chaulk full of spyare again! Not only that, but some malware disabled all 3 anti-spyware utilities I installed for them! No one did any maintenance and continued to use the p2p filesharing. Fine, you can keep paying me every 2 months to do this! It's not like I didn't advise you on how to prevent this!
  24. Tedster

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

    which reminds me of a time my mother sent some mail to a friend in Belgium and it wound up going to BOLIVIA. Starts with a B, 7 letters.... hmmmm...

    Her friend got the letter 7 months later.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    The best offense is a good defense....

    For really important communiques I recommend sending a second letter to alert the person that the first letter is on the way. The law of averages favors a shotgunning technique.

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