Not a long time after the big black out that affected parts of the US and Ontario, including us, we happened to get the funlove virus on our 2 PC network, well sort of 3 since I had just hooked up a 486 that had never been on the net. I could not really figure out where the virus would have come from, figured it might have been an activeX or something like that. My mom said it might have been caused by the black out, or lightning from the recent storms. I tried to contain my laughter and told her that's not possible and tried to explain why.
This one is good!
I have a friend that just completed their IT BS, thankfully this person as learned a lot since they first started working on pc's. This person told me that the first time they built a PC the motherboard didn't fit correctly as the pci cards would not reach the motherboard. So my friend proceeded to hack up their case so that the cards would fit, well, as it turned out, the cards would have fit perfectly had the standoffs for the motherboard been installed. This person is very good with pc's now, so I guess we all make a few mistakes in the beginning.
I was working on our family computer (which was the only one at the time) doing a hard drive transplant: moving a 6gb and a 650mb to a new 20gb (obviously this was a while ago). To make a long story short, I put the 6gb on the frame of the case and it fell on the 20gb when I hit the power button too hard. I had screwed the 20gb upside-down, and dumbluck meant that the 6gb survived since it had 5.25" brackets, and they made contact.
Thankfully, CompUSA is rather ignorant and my dad was able to get another one easily.
a certain person from a lanparty i help run got a new hard drive and decided to install it at the lan. he plugs it in, turns on the PC, it doesn't detect. He checks it, tries again, nothing. This goes on for a couple of hours until someone comes up to him and offers to help. They look in his PC and say something like "you do realize hard drives need power don't you?" the dumbass hadn't plugged it in (he claims to know all about computers :) )
One of the tutors at a course I was doing at the time, was known for one of those "I have been around, therefore I know everything" types. Anyway, we had all brought our personal PC's to the class one day, and he asked us to take the sides off our cases, so everyone else could have a look. Later on in the class, he was explaining to one guy on the "proper way" to remove a heatsink, grabs this guys case, gets a flatblade screwdriver, and proceeds to shove it into this guys case. All of a sudden, the tutor lets out a rather loud "F*@K" and stares in horror at a screwdriver that he had just shoved THROUGH this students motherboard. $330 later, he still can't live it down :)
once had a customer that called up as his CD/ROM drive wouldn't work. He told me that he'd put 5 or 6 CD's in there and they wouldn't come out. Of course, I was confused for a minute. After talking to him and asking a few probing questions it turns out that there was a small space in between the actual drive and the case. He was putting the CD's in there and they were falling into the case.. *sigh* some people...
Well, I recently had my brother's computer for a simple XP install. The case was a CasEdge LX734A, so a pian in the ass basically. When I powered it on, I heard a "clunkity clunkity clunk clunk clunkity clunkity clunk clunk" noise coming from the front. I called him after this and he said it was doing it ever since he bought the system, and it was ok for me to check it out.
So, I attempt to take off the side panel, read up online and find out that front panel has to be removed first, finally get side panel off, look at the fan shroud, and the fan is LOOSE. So, I fix it, plug the computer in, and *click* nothing. So, I'm panicking, of course. I do the disconnect everything dance, still doesn't work. So, I'm panicking even more, then I looked over to the front panel connections and see a nice dangling connector labeled "Power Sw." I plugged it back in and the computer sprang to life.
Vantec Aeroflow processor fans are fast. they run at 5600 rpm while pushing 35.5 cfm. I actually saw a guy stick his finger into one to see how fast that was. Hhis finger must have hit two blades because there were two slices in it - one removed a layer of skin the other cut deep into the pad - gushing blood a few seconds later.
My 8th grade final project ended up being a HyperStudio stack that was about the history of transistors. Now, it was really big, because I had thrown all kinds of images from the internet on it, and even included some sound files. I had made the whole thing on our old Mac IIVX (a 31mhz 386 class machine), and decided that I didnt want to use a half dozen floppies to transport the project to school.
So, I just copied it to my external SCSI hard drive, and brought it to school. I wanted to go through the project with my teacher - so she could give me any ideas about what more I could do with it. Regardless, I came early in the morning, and the teacher says "go ahead and set out your stuff and I will be right back". So I start hooking up my hard drive into the back of her Mac, and I am interrupted when she comes back with a "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?!?!" spouting out her mouth. Apparently she thought I was messing up her whole computer and that I could look inside her computer and see all her grades and her personal files and so on and so forth... Regardless, she was absolutely infuriated and demanded that I get a referral (which is the most serious disciplinary infraction at my old middle school).
To top it all off - she was convinced I had destroyed her computer by unhooking the cdrom because when she walked in on me and started screaming all holy hell, she ran to the machine and ripped out my hard drive, smashing her monitor cable and half disconnecting the monitor from the mac. Of course, she was horrified when she tried to start up her computer and got nothing on the display.
Nobody would listen to what I had to say. My parents were fully aware that I knew more about computers than any of the ridiculous teachers at this fucking worthless public school, but even after they calmly explained exactly what happened to the principal and that there was never, at any point any danger to the files on the machine's hard drive, he refused to listen, saying that I was a danger to the security of my teacher's data...
So I got a referral and didnt make honor roll my last quarter at that school. Sons of bitches...