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
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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.

Purple
Community Member
3 months ago

or bees

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Hallo y’all
Community Member
3 months ago

Eww, lemonade is so sticky. Who thought that was a good idea.

WillemPenn
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3 months ago

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Casey B
Community Member
3 months ago

Cpt Reynolds! ❤

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Chris Largent
Community Member
3 months ago

"Crumbs and Cheeto grease," huh? Somehow, the lemonade bit is not so surprising after reading that.

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 months ago

You also shouldn't try to dry your hair with a flame thrower. Just in case you needed clarification for that too.

Mark Gill
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemonade as a cleaner. I can imagine what this guys apartment smells like..........

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

Do you want to get ants? Cause this is how you get ants!

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
3 months ago

Why not spritz on some diluted vinegar? That has acid, is going to evaporate, and won't leave your mouse sticky or tempting for ants

Megumi Saikou
Community Member
3 months ago

I see that you are a man of culture as well...

MiaOokami
Community Member
3 months ago

A failed man of culture. Mio doesn't like ants!

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Joseph Georgiadis
Community Member
3 months ago

How stupid!

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

Of all the unnecessary public information announcements... Don't clean your desk with gravel, either.

Mary Peace
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, is that right? I had the gravel ready to do that job tomorrow morning as well.

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Community Member
3 months ago

Crumbs, cheetos grease, anime mouse pad. This guy gets all the ladies.

Mestre_atg
Community Member
3 months ago

You dont know if its a guy to start

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
3 months ago

I want to know if this person uses sandpaper on their monitor.

hi myself
Community Member
3 months ago

That's not a mouse. That's an ant!

dogdog
Community Member
3 months ago

maybe you should have just used lemons, not lemonade.

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
3 months ago

*shudders*

Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
3 months ago

The mouse will be super clean very soon.

[ HoneyNutAngel ]
Community Member
3 months ago

*No one*: *Me*:Sees anime girl owo

Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

How do you come up with that? Sugar as a cleaning agent...

Phil Seiden
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah. The ants just want to get their game on. Seriously though, someone must have been pranking you with idea. Window cleaner is THE solution to your mess. The ammonia kills ants instantly.

Robert T
Community Member
3 months ago

Making a moustain out of an anthill.

Dest
Community Member
3 months ago

Things that are good to clean a computer mouse/keyboard (in my opinion) : *dilute vinigar (careful, cause it may remove painted logos) *dilute alcohol (same warning as above) *baby cologne *that perfume your mother gave but you never gonna use it

JLaw
Community Member
3 months ago

Urgh!

Losferatu
Community Member
3 months ago

Cheetoh grease? Don't lend your mouse to trump, people!

A B C
Community Member
3 months ago

Just leave the ants be, they'll eat away all the sugary crust, leaving your mouse good as new.

Kaycee Burden
Community Member
3 months ago

DUH

Spittnimage
Community Member
3 months ago

Dawn dish soap would've cleaned it without attracting ants.

Dooberman
Community Member
3 months ago

BURN THE MOUSE

M.A.D.
Community Member
3 months ago

Ants: It's free real estate!

Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine if he hadn't noticed... "You see that b*tch over there Imma one shot him- Booyah ok now wheres the airdrop th- WHAT THE F**K THERES SO MANY ANTS AAA-" *live stream ends*

Cutekitty
Community Member
3 months ago

bro xd

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
3 months ago

"Cheeto grease," with an anime mousepad. Just add some Mountain Dew, and the stereotype is complete!

Casey B
Community Member
3 months ago

I cringe to think of what the entire place looks like....

Gacha tomboy
Community Member
3 months ago

Let's just look at the fact that they have a anime mouse pad!Hell yeah!

Luuta
Community Member
3 months ago

Clean off the acidity, but add sticky sugar... Yeah, that's really sensible! 😂

Allan
Community Member
3 months ago

Are they eating the mouse or lemonade cause I think the mouse is dead

23AClark
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm at a loss for words.

Brittany Beverly
Community Member
3 months ago

Now the whole place needs to be torched

Kat Kirkpatrick
Community Member
3 months ago

No. No. NO. Rubbing alcohol to cut grease and dirt. And don't pour it on, dampen a bit of paper towel or a q-tip then scrub. Yes, it'll be more work, but there will be less chance of damage, and zero chance of ants.

Daniela
Community Member
3 months ago

Challenge accepted.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 months ago

Err ... sugar?

MiaOokami
Community Member
3 months ago

Mio's like "WTF did you do"

Paul Budhram
Community Member
3 months ago

bad move

Oliver stolz
Community Member
3 months ago

man it looks like a gaming mouse poor thing

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemon or vinegar, or plain rubbing alcohol :3

Debbie Convery
Community Member
3 months ago

Grim :-/

Pryjmaty
Community Member
3 months ago

WHO tf uses lemonade to clean anything??????

Rukkia
Community Member
3 months ago

At least they will take care of the crumbs for you.

Anton Swanepoel
Community Member
3 months ago

Let the ants clean off the sugar, then use poison to get rid of the ants, then use acetone to remove the poison and follow up with lemonade to clean off the acetone - wait...

Antdude
Community Member
3 months ago

These are odorous hose ants, I actually keep them as pets

No.
Community Member
3 months ago

why not just use lemon juice?

Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

it is sour, but it also contains fruit sugar

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Tequila4Two
Community Member
3 months ago

Little mouse cleaners.

Doubleheader
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe they just really like the anime girl on your desk?

Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
3 months ago

Acidity? What's acid in lemonade? It's not like there are any lemons in it. The tiniest amount of carbonic acid from dissolved CO2.

Dest
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemonades often have added citric acid in them.

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Sum Guy
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemonade? Couldn't find some soap?

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Use chopsticks for the Cheetos and spare your mouse this violation.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
3 months ago

Something powdery, perhaps!

Javiera Gotelli
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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Should've just used a lemon. But as americans, I guess it's impossible for you people not to add sugar to something.

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemons have natural sugar in them anyway so it's still not a smart idea.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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