Trust me, tech support workers, they’ve seen it all. Witnessing the infinite amount of hard grease on a mouse pad, sorting through makeshift computer ventilations, laying their eyes on needlessly creative audio outputs and whatnot, it’s just fair to say they’ve been to hell and back.

And thanks to Reddit's corner known as TechSupportGore, we now have the picture evidence that not everyone was born into electronics. Not even every second one of us.

We have selected some of the worst offenders in the tech department as shared by the blessed tech support employees who still smile back at us after knowing what gore we just submitted for repair. Scroll down, upvote the ones that made you cringe and sigh, and be sure to share your tech gone wrong experiences in the comment section!

Psst! Don’t forget to check out our previous tech support gore posts here and here.

#1

Mouse

Mouse

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
3 months ago

That is not how a computer mouse is supposed to look...

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#2

When They Get Creative With The Only Working Audio Output They Have

When They Get Creative With The Only Working Audio Output They Have

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

The leaning tower of cables.

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Since its beginning in 2012, the TechSupportGore subreddit grew its community to a solid 485k members who love to “cringe to the brink of passing out after a few minutes looking at this subreddit.”

Every post screams for help from tech support here. From makeshift electronics to cases where people thought repairing their computers would be a walk in the park, the fun is both painfully funny and (secretly) relatable.

So to find out more about the community, Bored Panda reached out to its moderator Coffeechipmunk who was happy to share some insights. “I feel like the community has grown different tastes for the subreddit over time, for sure. For a while, cable gore was boring, cracked screens, etc. Now? Bad wiring is loved.”

#3

Customer Describes A “Slight” Burning Smell

Customer Describes A “Slight” Burning Smell

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Rupali Bhatnagar
Community Member
3 months ago

What did the poor laptop do to deserve it!

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#4

Dont Use Lemonade To Clean Your Mouse. I Thought The Acidity Would Clean Off The Buildup Of Crumbs And Cheeto Grease But It Just Attracted These Ants. I Left Home For 2 Days, Just To See This On My Desk

Dont Use Lemonade To Clean Your Mouse. I Thought The Acidity Would Clean Off The Buildup Of Crumbs And Cheeto Grease But It Just Attracted These Ants. I Left Home For 2 Days, Just To See This On My Desk

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemonade has sugar, so yeah, that's an open invitation for hordes of ants.

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When asked about the term “Tech Support Gore," the mod explained that it refers to “stuff in the tech support or IT field that's a computer comparable version of gore,” and added: “Instead of a heart ripped out, it's CPU pins. Slightly less awful.”

Coffeechipmunk said that among the worst tech support gore cases he has seen while moderating the community, it's "anything with bugs in it. That's the worst.” Also, “the guy who got a laptop full of milk. Yeesh.”

#5

Go Check The Switch Closet. We Think Something Might Have Gotten Unplugged Somewhere

Go Check The Switch Closet. We Think Something Might Have Gotten Unplugged Somewhere

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

"Where do I begin? To tell the story of how a mess these wires can be? The same old story that is older than your PC. The simple truth about the pain that's brought to me. Where do I start?" This is sung to the 1970's song 'Love Story'.

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#6

A Dove Made A Nest In The Projector In My Classroom

A Dove Made A Nest In The Projector In My Classroom

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

Dove lives matter.

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#7

Improvised Way To Supply Power

Improvised Way To Supply Power

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

“Improvised way to burn down the house.” Fixed.

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#8

Server Is Down!

Server Is Down!

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Pixie
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch

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#9

Trouble Ticket Read "After Office Renovation Internet Doesn't Work"

Trouble Ticket Read "After Office Renovation Internet Doesn't Work"

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Martyna Gawron
Community Member
3 months ago

Whaaaaaat

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And when it comes to the subreddit’s absurdly comical touch to its submissions, the moderator believes that “it’s played up for laughs a bit, to be honest.” Having said that, he added: “There's definitely posts where it's like, 'Yikes! That's bad.' But I can't imagine anyone passing out from seeing bad cabling, ya know?”

#10

While We're Posting Pierced Fiber Lines

While We're Posting Pierced Fiber Lines

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Too lazy
Community Member
3 months ago

Spot on!

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#11

It’s Actually Fully Functional

It’s Actually Fully Functional

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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#12

So..this Came In Today..and It’s Glorious

So..this Came In Today..and It’s Glorious

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Behold this mangled Apple in all its splendour!

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#13

I Don’t Work In Tech. My Hospital Has Some Occasional Network Issues...i’ve Finally Seen Behind The Curtain

I Don’t Work In Tech. My Hospital Has Some Occasional Network Issues...i’ve Finally Seen Behind The Curtain

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

And, here is the great Oz!

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#14

Shared On Facebook. Why Is My Mouse Not Working?

Shared On Facebook. Why Is My Mouse Not Working?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

To be honest, I hate clamshell packaging too.

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Previously, the same moderator told us that part of the appeal of the subreddit comes down to the fact that it gives honest fun and cringe to viewers. “In a time where most of the internet can be incredibly serious and most times saddening or angering, TechSupportGore is fun because you go on it and you can laugh (and/or cringe) at the crazy posts.” 

After all, “Where else can you see a post like, 'Wow, these cables really are messy' to 'A lizard fried my motherboard' back to back?”

#15

This Must Be The Work Of A Madman

This Must Be The Work Of A Madman

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

The work of a hacker:

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#16

Saw This In The Basement Of A Mini-Mall

Saw This In The Basement Of A Mini-Mall

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like one fire was not enough to stop these guys.

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#17

This "Watercooled" PC I Found For Sale Online

This "Watercooled" PC I Found For Sale Online

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

Personal Computer: Meth Edition

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#18

Coworker Had An Important Thumb Drive Fail On Her (Solder Pads Tore Off)... Just A Little Bit Of Janky Soldering And I Was Able To Recover The Files Just Fine

Coworker Had An Important Thumb Drive Fail On Her (Solder Pads Tore Off)... Just A Little Bit Of Janky Soldering And I Was Able To Recover The Files Just Fine

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N G
Community Member
3 months ago

"Its not pretty, but it works..."

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#19

To Ensure Maximum Keyboard Stability, Hp Decided 57 Screws Was The Magic Number For The X360

To Ensure Maximum Keyboard Stability, Hp Decided 57 Screws Was The Magic Number For The X360

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

You can never be too secure.

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The subreddit is especially relevant to the current generations Y and Z who basically grew up with tech around them. For these kids and young adults, seeing the picture of someone trying to charge their new laptop without taking it out of the box is essentially priceless.

#20

Crispy

Crispy

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Mmm, yum, extra crispy.

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#21

The Way The "Electrician" Repaired His Own Mistake At My Home Without Notifying Me (Optical Fiber Entry Link). "They Shouldn't Notice"

The Way The "Electrician" Repaired His Own Mistake At My Home Without Notifying Me (Optical Fiber Entry Link). "They Shouldn't Notice"

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Lizzie Ellen
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't understand this one. Can someone tech minded explain please?

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#22

Playstation 2 Slim "Doesnt Turn On" Also Seller Had No Idea What Happened To It

Playstation 2 Slim "Doesnt Turn On" Also Seller Had No Idea What Happened To It

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

What the hell? That is years worth of corrosion.

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#23

“.. No I Have Never Dropped My Phone In Water Or Anything.”

“.. No I Have Never Dropped My Phone In Water Or Anything.”

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Who are you trying to kid?

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#24

Found This On A User's Desk

Found This On A User's Desk

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

Picture title - Longevity.

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#25

Student Spilled Nail Polish On Computer. Mother Tried To Clean It And Washed Off 26 Keys

Student Spilled Nail Polish On Computer. Mother Tried To Clean It And Washed Off 26 Keys

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

It essentially ruined the whole computer.

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#26

Wife Spilled Coffee On Laptop...

Wife Spilled Coffee On Laptop...

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Mopping up the excess liquid and turning the laptop upside down to dry are the best things to do.

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#27

Another Day In Paradise

Another Day In Paradise

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Debug it..

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#28

That's Not Good...

That's Not Good...

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

How did someone shoot an arrow through a cable, let alone a bullet. I am just surprised that it stopped the bullet.

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#29

Why Would Anyone Make This?

Why Would Anyone Make This?

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey, wasn't there a boredpanda post saying there is no such thing as a male to male cable.

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#30

Mom, Can We Get Business-Grade Ethernet Switch? - No, We Have Business-Grade Ethernet Switch At Home. - Business-Grade Ethernet Switch At Home:

Mom, Can We Get Business-Grade Ethernet Switch? - No, We Have Business-Grade Ethernet Switch At Home. - Business-Grade Ethernet Switch At Home:

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

1 good internet vs 4 bad ones. Argument for 4 bad ones: they can build an internet ladder.

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#31

Hang In There Baby

Hang In There Baby

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Amelie Peacock
Community Member
3 months ago

hmmm i wonder who it will fall on

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#32

Cox Literally Put A Generator Up This Telephone Pole ??? Apparently To Restore Internet To My Friends Block Somehow ??? They Come By Like Every 12 Hours To Refill It With Gas ??? Pray For Dhemecourt Be This Is F**king Sketchy

Cox Literally Put A Generator Up This Telephone Pole ??? Apparently To Restore Internet To My Friends Block Somehow ??? They Come By Like Every 12 Hours To Refill It With Gas ??? Pray For Dhemecourt Be This Is F**king Sketchy

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

This. Is. Craaaaazy. 😆😆

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#33

School's WiFi Network

School's WiFi Network

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Mary Rose Kent
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3 months ago

Wireless wasn’t an option!

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#34

Well At Least It’s Not Overheating

Well At Least It’s Not Overheating

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

Cooling system: Screw absolute zero

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#35

Time To Get A New Keyboard

Time To Get A New Keyboard

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

This is traditional pc gamer keyboard wear. Especially MMOs. Notice the WASD, space, shift and alt. Most of the wear is from the left hand, because the right is holding a mouse.

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#36

I Was Not Prepared For The Discovery Of This Redneck Projector Mount

I Was Not Prepared For The Discovery Of This Redneck Projector Mount

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
3 months ago

The cables are even better!

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#37

How Long Is That In Human Time?

How Long Is That In Human Time?

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

Must be some wait time to break their whole system.

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#38

So When My Old Build Threw In The Towel Some Time Back, It Looked Like It Was Sending Me Ransom Notes. Still Not Sure What Caused It. Mobo? Cpu?

So When My Old Build Threw In The Towel Some Time Back, It Looked Like It Was Sending Me Ransom Notes. Still Not Sure What Caused It. Mobo? Cpu?

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Space Invaders..

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#39

What Kind Of Soap Were They Using? Returned After Less Than A Year Of Use

What Kind Of Soap Were They Using? Returned After Less Than A Year Of Use

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

Must be a password typed in 15 times each day

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#40

The Aftermath Of The Capitol Siege

The Aftermath Of The Capitol Siege

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The insurgents should be made to pay for all damages.

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#41

Look At What This Spectrum Guy Did To My Poor Grandma...

Look At What This Spectrum Guy Did To My Poor Grandma...

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

Most of those cables actually look necessary.

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#42

The Router And Cables In My School's Server Room

The Router And Cables In My School's Server Room

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks like part of an insect.

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#43

New One For Me. Iron Shavings Stopped Speaker From Working

New One For Me. Iron Shavings Stopped Speaker From Working

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

You sure it's not a yamazaki Soot Sprite? They live in unused houses, maybe they're now moving into unused laptop housing.

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#44

Facebook Marketplace "Problem With Cooling, I Cut It Open"

Facebook Marketplace "Problem With Cooling, I Cut It Open"

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Just Your Regular Avocado
Community Member
3 months ago

He's a little confused, but he's got the spirit.

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#45

So My Laptop Died

So My Laptop Died

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

1 shot, one kill

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#46

Servers Are Down

Servers Are Down

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
3 months ago

In this case, literally

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#47

Got To Keep The Press Brake Working

Got To Keep The Press Brake Working

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Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

Low tech solution if you ask me

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#48

The Forbidden Capri Sun

The Forbidden Capri Sun

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
3 months ago

I had this happen with the battery in my last laptop. It basically destroyed the damn thing. The repair guy said this happens when you don't let the battery drain periodically.

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#49

Nahh I Dont Need A Tutorial Or A Heating Gun

Nahh I Dont Need A Tutorial Or A Heating Gun

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Megumi Saikou
Community Member
3 months ago

Chemistry is just amazing!

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#50

"Upgraded" PC

"Upgraded" PC

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
3 months ago

It ain't stupid if it works.

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