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Old 31-10-06, 11:26 AM
Sticky Mick Sticky Mick is offline
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Silliest things when using/fixing/building PCs

Come on guys, spill the beans.

What's the most stupidest thing you've done when you've been working on a PC.

PCWorld employees need not apply. We know all about you

One day the DVD drive on my sisters Emachine conked out and the kids started creating 'cos they couldn't play Far Cry. So being the good uncle I am (Honest), I phoned PCWorld and explained the problem, and what I had done to try and fix it. As I had done everything they would have suggested, they promptly dispatched a new drive. 2 days later said drive arrives, so I say to my 14yr old nephew "Right, this is a good time for you to learn how to mend a PC. You can do it and I'll talk you through it."

He did a good job, so I patted him on the head and said "Well done, you've just done your first PC repair." I plugged it all in, stabbed the button and there was no life in the drive at all, it wasn't showing up in 'My Computer' either and the light wasn't flickering on boot-up.

On removing the case cover lo and behold I found a spare Molex connector floating about, so I plugged it in and bingo. My nephews response was "I thought you knew about computers."

*Kick up the ass* "Shut up."

Another time, I was in my Drs surgery having a hearing check, when the nurse started complaining that she couldn't log on to the system via the USB fingerprint reader. I thought I'd sit and watch the show for a minute.

She called the receptionist who managed to log into her account but the poor nurse still wasn't having any luck. After 10 minutes she started to get a bit stressed, and realising the proximity of the drugs cabinet, I decided to intervene and solved the problem in 10 seconds flat. "Try taking your surgical gloves off." I said

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Old 31-10-06, 11:35 AM
specialtech specialtech is offline
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Hi Ayd here (really must get my own log in)

my latest bout of stupidity was only yesterday...

My work PC finally gave up the ghost o it was time for a new on YAY

Anyway built it all, slapped in some watercooling, went to boot and nothing, nothing at all, it fired but blank screen.

After much head scratching and msn'ing XMS and Kempez moaning and tearing my hair out, 4 hours later I suddenly remebered to plug the 4 pin motherboard supply in

it happens to us all
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Old 31-10-06, 11:35 AM
jiffz jiffz is offline
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After 10 minutes she started to get a bit stressed, and realising the proximity of the drugs cabinet, I decided to intervene and solved the problem in 10 seconds flat. "Try taking your surgical gloves off." I said
Seriously! Gotta be blonde

I've done a few silly things like messing up 3 bios flashes, and not reapplying thermal paste when swapping chips, then burning out my athlon 2500 Hey Opterons had only just come out and were £100 at the time
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Old 31-10-06, 01:14 PM
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Most irritating thing i ever did was forget to plug in the on/off switch...

Rebuilt the machine 2/3 times before it clicked
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Old 31-10-06, 01:16 PM
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well thers a hole on some old hard drives that says "do not cover this hole"

meh i got curious
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Old 31-10-06, 01:21 PM
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I bought a P3 600mhz chip for over £650 the day it was released, got it home and proceeded to try and remove the stock heatsink/fan that was clipped on. Ended up putting my screwdriver thru the chip

Also burned out an Athlon XP by running it without a heatsink (for about 2 seconds). This was before i knew how hot the fekkers got!

Kicked over my PC by accident and killed the hard disk containing 3 years worth of MP3's downloaded over 56k

Cut thru the tubing in an old water cooling loop, spraying water all over my old DFI board and 6800GT (managed to dry the board off tho).
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Old 31-10-06, 01:23 PM
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Kicked over my PC by accident and killed the hard disk containing 3 years worth of MP3's downloaded over 56k
Oww.... 56k ftl.
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Old 31-10-06, 01:26 PM
FarFarAway FarFarAway is offline
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I put a Barton core 3200+ in a motherboard that didn't support it *just in case* it worked
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Old 31-10-06, 01:28 PM
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Oww.... 56k ftl.
I think that was the closest i'd ever come to commiting suicide. 3 years worth of 5kb/s MP3 downloads of tunes that i'll prolly never find again - all gone
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Old 31-10-06, 01:54 PM
Nagaru Nagaru is offline
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The dumbest thing I have probably done is either, forgetting to plug the power switch in and just about destroying the pc in anger. Or it might be trying to overclock my T-Bird server with a peice of junk heatsink, andything over stock is unstable.
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