Tech support consists of many things; it's a range of services companies provide to their customers for products such as software, mobile phones, printers, and other electronic, mechanical, or electromechanical products. But I think that its biggest component is frustration; the soul-crushing feeling every IT person feels when they witness or, God forbid, have to clean up after our stupidity. I'm talking about desecrated HDMI ports, spaghetti cabling, laptops covered in concrete... or as the subreddit r/TechSupportGore calls it—content. This online community collects pics that will make us "cringe to the brink of passing out" and if it gets a point across it's this: technical support services usually provide users with help in solving some common problems rather than providing training on how to use the product. We haven't really learned after Bored Panda's earlier articles on the subreddit here and here. The fails look just as bad!

#1

Look How They Murdered My Boy

Look How They Murdered My Boy

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks interesting

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#2

The Computer Keeps Overheating

The Computer Keeps Overheating

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

That cat aint gonna move

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#3

Yea, The Printer Will Not Print If You Leave The Plastic Packaging On The Paper!

Yea, The Printer Will Not Print If You Leave The Plastic Packaging On The Paper!

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Sum Guy
Community Member
8 months ago

Common sense is not common to everyone

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When Bored Panda contacted Coffeechipmunk for an earlier interview, the moderator of the subreddit said that the most popular posts in the community are usually the ones that show a device a moment away from exploding.

“It’s both dangerous and cool,” they explained. “They probably get so big because people post the pics and you think, 'Wow, that's just a bomb at that point.'"

"A lot of the content on the subreddit does rather well, except for people coming for actual tech support, they get redirected to the right subreddit. For actual tech support gore, though, it seems like broken screens and slightly messy wires are the current posts that don't hit too hard," Coffeechipmunk explained.

#4

First It Made Burning Smells, Then It Beeped, Then It Died. Colourful Ants!

First It Made Burning Smells, Then It Beeped, Then It Died. Colourful Ants!

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

The poor ants

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#5

Is This The Worst Spaghetti Cabling Ever?

Is This The Worst Spaghetti Cabling Ever?

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Danieletc
Community Member
8 months ago

When your servers have Silly String fights.

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#6

Ps5 In For Hdmi Replacement. Kid Said “I Pushed The Cable In A Little Too Hard”

Ps5 In For Hdmi Replacement. Kid Said “I Pushed The Cable In A Little Too Hard”

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Sum Guy
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

He missed everyday

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The moderator believes the reason why r/techsupportgore got so popular a simple one: "Honestly... it's very fun," Coffeechipmunk said.

"In a time where most of the internet can be incredibly serious and most times saddening or angering, r/techsupportgore is fun because you go on it and you can laugh (and/or cringe) at the crazy posts. Where else can you see a post like, 'Wow, these cables really are messy' [or] 'A lizard fried my motherboard' back to back? I love our growing community. They're a bunch of people that just enjoy tech and to some extent, the worst of it."

#7

Unironically Canadian It Gore

Unironically Canadian It Gore

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Derek Liu
Community Member
8 months ago

Too cute to be mad

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#8

Yes, That's Concrete

Yes, That's Concrete

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago

Thinkpad is hurtbad

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#9

I Found This While Scrolling Through My Camera Roll From 2018, Enjoy

I Found This While Scrolling Through My Camera Roll From 2018, Enjoy

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

This happens a lot back in Vietnam, sadly.

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#10

That Is An Ant Inside The Screen!!!

That Is An Ant Inside The Screen!!!

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Isah izzy
Community Member
8 months ago

And now I'll never be able to sleep fine again

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#11

Grossest Controller Of The Year Goes To

Grossest Controller Of The Year Goes To

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago

What in the name of ew! The thumb thingies!

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#12

Just Had A Laptop Returned That Has A Used Bandaid As A Webcam Cover

Just Had A Laptop Returned That Has A Used Bandaid As A Webcam Cover

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

I've had this a few times at work. Laptops should have a built in camera cover. A lot do but a lot don't

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#13

Slpt: Laptop Charger Panini Press

Slpt: Laptop Charger Panini Press

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

This person is living in 2035.

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#14

Hot Glue Gun Ad On Facebook. Just Why

Hot Glue Gun Ad On Facebook. Just Why

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

*face palms*

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#15

Forbidden Caprisun

Forbidden Caprisun

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Priscilla Reshell
Community Member
8 months ago

wat is tht?

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#16

Laptop Left Turned On In A School Bag Mixed With A Moldy Sandwich In The Same Compartment

Laptop Left Turned On In A School Bag Mixed With A Moldy Sandwich In The Same Compartment

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

Nope nope nope nope nope.

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#17

The Forbidden Capri Sun

The Forbidden Capri Sun

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

I thought that was a pillow for a second

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#18

One Of Our Clients Couldn't Figure Out Why His Wireless Keyboard And Mouse Weren't Working

One Of Our Clients Couldn't Figure Out Why His Wireless Keyboard And Mouse Weren't Working

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Mpkfighter Plays
Community Member
8 months ago

Okay... alwright... *sigh* people...

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#19

It Was A Technological Murder/Suicide Today. Crt TV Landed Directly Onto A Brand New Asus Chromebook

It Was A Technological Murder/Suicide Today. Crt TV Landed Directly Onto A Brand New Asus Chromebook

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

Ooooffffff, this hurts a bit something in me

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#20

Hard Drive Data Recovery

Hard Drive Data Recovery

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes, you need to take the disk out and play it in a vinyl player. Make sure to set the speed to 78 rpm.

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#21

"Why My Keyboard Doesn't Work"

"Why My Keyboard Doesn't Work"

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Sum Guy
Community Member
8 months ago

Wow... they just jammed that thing in there

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#22

User Complains About Weird Smell While Using His Laptop

User Complains About Weird Smell While Using His Laptop

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Coleonema
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, at least he found it before it got worse

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#23

While Many Of Us Are In The Business Of Tech Support, Self Help Is Often Necessary

While Many Of Us Are In The Business Of Tech Support, Self Help Is Often Necessary

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago

The builder's house is the last to be fixed, as the saying goes

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#24

Ps4 Botched Repair Attempt. The Shop That Did This To The Client's Unit, Charged Them $100! Should I Put Them On Blast?

Ps4 Botched Repair Attempt. The Shop That Did This To The Client's Unit, Charged Them $100! Should I Put Them On Blast?

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Sori
Community Member
8 months ago

Omg, yes

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#25

Behold The Beauty Of Our Office Server

Behold The Beauty Of Our Office Server

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
8 months ago

State of the art airco for a state of the art server room. Budget for PR is $10 million per year, budget for IT is $10 000 for 2 years.

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#26

Free Laptop! Too Bad The Screen And Keyboard Are Ruined With The Spray Paint

Free Laptop! Too Bad The Screen And Keyboard Are Ruined With The Spray Paint

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

Now that's just a d**k move.

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#27

Electrician Friend Just Sent Me This, Found During A Portable Appliance Test

Electrician Friend Just Sent Me This, Found During A Portable Appliance Test

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

Free allen key head

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#28

Customer Came In With A 512gb Ssd In Their MacBook Pro That Only Had 77gb Of Their Own Data On It, Yet It Was Reading As Full Of "Other" Files. After Some Digging It Turns Out That Apple Mail & Gmail Were Writing A New Encyclopedia Britannica Behind The Scenes. That's A Whole Lot Of Text

Customer Came In With A 512gb Ssd In Their MacBook Pro That Only Had 77gb Of Their Own Data On It, Yet It Was Reading As Full Of "Other" Files. After Some Digging It Turns Out That Apple Mail & Gmail Were Writing A New Encyclopedia Britannica Behind The Scenes. That's A Whole Lot Of Text

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Ece Cenker
Community Member
8 months ago

What does the op mean by "A New Encyclopedia Britannica?" What was all that text?

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#29

Really Great Laptop Performance With A Core I7

Really Great Laptop Performance With A Core I7

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Derek Liu
Community Member
8 months ago

What happened to the poor laptop?

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#30

Lent It To A Friend...

Lent It To A Friend...

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Kno
Community Member
8 months ago

How do you even - you know what? Nevermind.

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#31

Her: My MacBook Pro Is Running Hot. Inside The Fan: Ant Colony

Her: My MacBook Pro Is Running Hot. Inside The Fan: Ant Colony

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
8 months ago

revolving door

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#32

Someone Tried To Print From USB

Someone Tried To Print From USB

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Nor
Community Member
8 months ago

This is simply a "face palm" moment

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#33

Got An Xbox 360 Controller In For Repair. Inside, I Found Multiple Dead Bugs And Everything Was Covered In A Fine, White Powder-Like Dust

Got An Xbox 360 Controller In For Repair. Inside, I Found Multiple Dead Bugs And Everything Was Covered In A Fine, White Powder-Like Dust

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

Hmmmmm, wonder what that powder is.

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#34

Friends Computer Has Been Crashing For Like 3 Years

Friends Computer Has Been Crashing For Like 3 Years

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Ay! I remember when my dad replaced the cooling fan things years back on our home pc (he did 90s computer tech stuff so we had stuff at home for his work etc plus he bought and refurbished old parts from his work), he had them in bout 30 mins them *BOOM* *swearwords*, dad comes out covered in coffee and black soot. Checked the fan seperately, it was a dud, stopped after approx 1 min. Rang the computer place, 'oh no its specialist we aren't reresponsible blah' plus a bunch of condescending jargon. So dad brought it in and politely schooled them on how their faulty fan had toasted his new hard drive. They replaced it all. I think coz he was 'older' (40s at the time but 90s tech was new), they just were so rude and dismissive. TLDR: faulty fan made expensive computer go boom. Tech experts learned not to judge a technician by his cover ^-^

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#35

My New USB C Car Lighter

My New USB C Car Lighter

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
8 months ago

Ssssmoking.

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#36

Why Do We Need To Hire It? Just Plug It All In

Why Do We Need To Hire It? Just Plug It All In

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Robert T
Community Member
8 months ago

What a rubbish extension lead design. You can't use all the sockets if you plug anything ither than straight cables in - the adapters block the adjacent sockets. Having said that, this is probably the only thing that is preventing this lot going up in flames!

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#37

Stupidity Strikes Again. Now I've Got A 'Curved' Keyboard

Stupidity Strikes Again. Now I've Got A 'Curved' Keyboard

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Llewella
Community Member
8 months ago

Please clean your laptop!

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#38

How Do Things Like This Happen

How Do Things Like This Happen

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

No worries, just put some rice on it.

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#39

Criminal Poe Adapter

Criminal Poe Adapter

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Sum Guy
Community Member
8 months ago

What is this for?

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#40

Just Imagine The Smell

Just Imagine The Smell

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James016
Community Member
8 months ago

That's an actual thing???

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#41

Saw The Other Post About Ethernet Rewiring And Reminded Me Of This. It Worked Fine For Almost A Week Until I Replaced It With A Proper Cable

Saw The Other Post About Ethernet Rewiring And Reminded Me Of This. It Worked Fine For Almost A Week Until I Replaced It With A Proper Cable

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Geoff C.
Community Member
8 months ago

Yikes... with the money it cost for eight of those Wago connectors you could have bought an ethernet cable long enough to go to the moon and back🤯🤣

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#42

Power Supply Didn’t Fit, I Guess This Works?

Power Supply Didn’t Fit, I Guess This Works?

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
8 months ago

That setup looks so dusty, never mind the power supply.

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#43

Previous Install Company Ran Cat5 Over The Main Junction Box, Decided To Shield The Cable With Aluminum Foil

Previous Install Company Ran Cat5 Over The Main Junction Box, Decided To Shield The Cable With Aluminum Foil

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Bill
Community Member
8 months ago

Somebody needs their license pulled. 18" seperation between power and data cables

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#44

How To Make Sure Ideas Hold Water

How To Make Sure Ideas Hold Water

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Danieletc
Community Member
8 months ago

Redneck cooling tower.

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#45

My Little Cousins First Build. I Told Him You Have The Wrong Ram. He Said "How You Know?"

My Little Cousins First Build. I Told Him You Have The Wrong Ram. He Said "How You Know?"

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
8 months ago

Bah, says I

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