Saturday, July 24, 2021

21 hilarious tech support requests and user errors you won’t be

(Pocket-lint) – Normal people and tech don’t mix. As is proven by this collection of images from tech-savvy people showing various gadget related misadventures. 

These images show all sorts of inexplicable happenings that will likely make you wince, turn away in horror or just have a good chortle. 

Safe passwords

Passwords are a pain for everyone, but you should always have a secure password and avoid making basic mistakes. Otherwise, you’re in danger of having all sorts of headaches. 

Worryingly, this use is not only called “user1” but also has a password hint that tells you the password is the same as the login name. This is doubly worse when you learn that the PC belongs to an IT manager. 

Lightweight mouse DIY

Gamers love a good lightweight gaming mouse and there’s been a trend lately for those mice to have holes in them to shed weight. 

This person has taken it upon themselves to make holes in their current mouse rather than shelling out extra money for a new one. It still works apparently, but it’s terrifying. 

Cable nightmares

We’ve written before about people that create incredibly neat works of art while sorting out server, power cables and more. 

Now we’re showing the opposite. An absolute mess of cables that would likely make any engineer or technician wince. 

Dirt is the enemy

The user reported that their PC had shut off and then wouldn’t turn back on afterwards. The engineer then took the cooling fan off the radiator and discovered this awful mess underneath. 

So much dust and dirt that air couldn’t possibly get through the radiator in order to cool the CPU. 

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The printer isn’t working

At one company, the IT team was called to help with printer issues. They were presented with this printer and told it wouldn’t print. That’s probably because the paper is still in the bag it came in. 

An ancient motherboard

This motherboard is so dirty it looks like it’s a view of an ancient temple discovered in the depths of a big desert that’s just been subjected to a sandstorm. 

We have a feeling the original user was a bit dirty and didn’t clean their PC nearly enough to keep it running well. 

The USB drive won’t work

Here a user was complaining that their USB thumb drive wasn’t working when it was plugged into their laptop. 

That’s because they’d plugged it into the ethernet port instead. Yikes. 

The dangers of heating

Yes, this is a surge protector extension lead that has been overloaded. It might not have had much plugged into it, but a power-hungry space heater was enough to melt it. Dangerous and scary too. 

The internet is down

When engineers were called out to deal with reports that there was an internet outage in Mexico they were greeted with this view of a bullet lodged in the cable. That’s quite some shot or stray bullet! 

Don’t close the lid

Sometimes it’s not the user that’s the problem but the company. Here an employee has shared an image of their workplace. Yes, that’s a laptop strapped to the side of the desk. They were told not to close the lid or the monitor wouldn’t work. Why not just put it on the desk and multi-screen? We’re also worried about where that laptop’s webcam might be pointed. 

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Some serious curves

This user has installed their NVMe drive in a terrifying way. Rather than using a screw, they’ve used the stand-off to mount the drive to the motherboard instead. This results in a horrible bend that’ll probably do the drive no favours in the long terms. It makes for a good joke though. 

Wash your PC?

It’s one way or the other apparently. Either you see a PC that’s utterly covered in dirt and dust or one like this. Some mad person has washed their motherboard like they were washing up crockery after a good meal. 

Just a mild burning smell

Many of the most shocking tech problems seem to be related to exploding batteries. In this case, the customer apparently reported noticing a “slight” burning smell when using their laptop. It’s easy to see why.

Expensive doorstop

There are a few things wrong with this photo. Not only is someone using an Apple product as a doorstop, they’re also keeping a firedoor open, which is not sensible. 

This is why we test

This photo was taken by an electrician while doing some portable appliance testing. Yes, that’s a screw bit inserted into a plug where a fuse should be. 

Electronics vs liquids

Electronics and liquids do not mix. If you spill a drink on your laptop then it can be a real nightmare. Many would recommend towelling it down then leaving it in rice and hoping for the best. This user tried to put it in the oven to dry it out.  

It’s not a touch screen

We hate it when people put their fingers on our monitor when trying to point out some data. This user clearly does it a lot or thinks their Mac is a touchscreen. Either way, that’s a shocking amount of fingerprints. 

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A nasty looking PS5

This PlayStation 5 was bought in for repair because some young gamer had tried a bit too hard to get the HDMI cable plugged in. God knows what they were doing with it. 

Glue gun and a motherboard?

This photo was used as an advert for a hot glue gun on Facebook. Why would you ever need to apply glue to the motherboard like this? To keep the CPU in place?

USB won’t work

One user plugged in a USB dongle for a wireless keyboard, then wondered why it wasn’t working. Failing to peel off the protective plastic might have been a problem. 

Free laptop

Everyone loves getting something for nothing, but this “free” laptop might not be the bargain it appears to be. After all it has had its screen and keyboard ruined with spray paint. Not ideal. 

Writing by Adrian Willings.


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