There's a subreddit called r/techsupportgore, and its name perfectly describes its content: people who fix computers upload photos of the nightmarish scenarios they find themselves in. From melted extension cords to server rooms that look like a jungle, some of these hardware disasters are so bad, you can't help but feel for the folks who have to fix them. So continue scrolling, check out the pics, and don't be surprised if you cringe to the brink of passing out after only a few of them.

#1

Ticket Said "Camera Flickers To Fuzzy Brown Image Often"

Ticket Said "Camera Flickers To Fuzzy Brown Image Often"

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Hans
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1 year ago

This is a very accurate description. Bird-friendly design as well. Hans approves.

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One of the moderators of the subreddit, Coffeechipmunk, said the most popular posts there are those that depict situations just moments away from exploding. "[It's] very dangerous, but very cool looking. They probably get so big because people post the pics and you think, 'Wow, that's just a bomb at that point,'" they told Bored Panda.

The subreddit was created on the 29th of February, 2012, and since then it has grown into a 427K member-strong community. They aren't interested in trivial things like cracked screens or anything -- just the filthiest, nastiest gore there is. And it doesn't seem that it's drying out, too. Just think of all the people who acquire a new gadget or an appliance and are so eager to use it, they skip the operation manual (myself included).

#2

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

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Elsker
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1 year ago

that's just.... wow....

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"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.

They think the reason why r/techsupportgore got so popular is quite 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" to, "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."

#3

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

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Panda Kicki
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1 year ago

Oh, that face!

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If you are, however, afraid that you're gonna end up on this subreddit, there are things you can do to prevent it. There's plenty of information on the internet that you can utilize to become more tech savvy. There are forums, websites, and YouTube channels dedicated to specific fields where you can find comprehensive information on how to reset your iPhone and how to fix a malfunctioning laptop. Heck, if you're feeling really adventurous, you can even learn how to code.

When it comes to technology, the information is out there and it's available. You don't have to study computer science to know this stuff. Like a blacksmith who has an exact feel for how he needs to beat a piece of metal in order to mold it, knowledge and regular use of it will make you better at technology.

#4

I Can't Even...

I Can't Even...

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Slinkman
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1 year ago

'I saw a red floor and i want it painted black'

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#5

Hospital Server Room

Hospital Server Room

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

Spaghetti! Spaghetti for everyone!

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#6

First Day On Job; Set Up Those 4 Wireless Speakers For You.

First Day On Job; Set Up Those 4 Wireless Speakers For You.

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Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
1 year ago

And here, dear children, you can see speakers resting in their natural habitat

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#7

Told A User To Shutdown Their Virus Infected Computer And Ship It Back And To Label It As Infected. They Did Good

Told A User To Shutdown Their Virus Infected Computer And Ship It Back And To Label It As Infected. They Did Good

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JessG
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1 year ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Well seeing as there is nothing connected to it its just looks like a mother board covered in a load of crap.

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#9

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle... Oh Here’s A Good Spot!

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle... Oh Here’s A Good Spot!

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

Lucky it was just a mess and not a fire...

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#10

"My Fan Was Making Too Much Noise!"

"My Fan Was Making Too Much Noise!"

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Not comprehending technology is one thing. Not comprehending basic physics is yet another. How do such people survive?

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#11

I Should Tell Them It's Not A Touch Screen...

I Should Tell Them It's Not A Touch Screen...

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

Hand wipes, pleeeeeeeease!

Cristina S.
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Hans disapproves. Lol.

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Lubica Acker
Community Member
1 year ago

This gives me anxiety.

J-Yogi-Temp-Mom
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG THERES CORONA ALL OVER THAT SCREEN!! sorry, I'll stop yelling.

Roger Callon
Community Member
1 year ago

I would put a plastic blanket/ barrier over the screen to prevent the screen becoming a Covid 19 transmission station

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Unbored
Community Member
1 year ago

That hurts my feelings

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 year ago

Lots of people keep their TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets and phones in similar states. I wipe my tablet (used for work) almost daily... and other items as required.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago

Doesn't matter. Most end-users use their fingers to read what's on the screen.

Agent K
Community Member
1 year ago

Use those cloths you get for your glasses, they work the best

WiggleCat
Community Member
1 year ago

..Please someone have mercy and wipe that screen clean °----°

Layla Corman
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not a plug, but Norwex sells a glass cloth. It is literally the most amazing piece of fabric ever! Computer screens, glasses, windows, ect. It's pricey, but totally worth it!

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

at least you kept the plastic on

DancingToMyself
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a store, of course they kept plastic

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Ian Koch
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1 year ago

I would assume that once they realized that touching the screen isn't doing anything, they would stop. but NO... they just have to keep trying...

melbfk
Community Member
1 year ago

Finger print art.

rehabisforquitters
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone is a very slow learner.

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 year ago

ewwwww

Heather Boardman
Community Member
1 year ago

Urgh

Andrew Zimmer
Community Member
1 year ago

K-12/College tech support here. Mac users do this a lot, even digital native college freshmen. iPads have trained them to use a touchscreen when they see an Apple logo...

Laura Crawley
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol

Ann Sterzinger
Community Member
1 year ago

oink

Rustyn Birch
Community Member
1 year ago

Please go home, now. Forever...

Jace
Community Member
1 year ago

Should they not already KNOW this? This isn’t someone thinking it’s a touch screen. This is someone forgetting and poking at it anyway, or touching it when pointing to things.

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't tell them. Just watch them suffer.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 year ago

Well that’s a great sign of a whole lot of young people have used this!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 year ago

Bring on the PPE and Masks first.

Curious Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

covid cpr

SciFi Vortex
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh look. A huge bit of snot center screen.

Mary Bank
Community Member
1 year ago

AAACCCHHHHHHHH!!! I have slapped hands before when I thought they were gonna touch my screen, ugh gross.

Ace
Community Member
1 year ago

O_o

Elli Rahim
Community Member
1 year ago

Ewwwwww. For goodness' sake, WASH YOUR HANDS for at least 20 seconds after cleaning that.

I Liek To Cute
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. You should.

Daniel Montes
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop it guys! It's not the users fault apple doesn't make their Mac a touch screen! Jk

Shelby McClain
Community Member
1 year ago

But... how? Why?

Living_Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

OH MY GOD I- I NEED TO WIPE THAT RN

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 year ago

Tell them to wipe stuff occasionally too.

Boop
Community Member
1 year ago

My grandma's computer XD

Susanne Carvin
Community Member
1 year ago

I know it's not alive of course, but I can't help but feel bad for that screen! "I'm not a touch screen!!!!"

Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

Those are nose prints. Get the guy some glasses already...

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Covid anyone ?

CORLEONE
Community Member
1 year ago

If you like to lose a finger, try to touch my screen lol

DancingToMyself
Community Member
1 year ago

Real Corleone would never say that. He'd just do it. :)

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We Were On A Break!
Community Member
1 year ago

Coronavirus infecting station

Gwen Bunker
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like art

Cho Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

dear god

Tiina Lehtineva
Community Member
1 year ago

I kind of feel this one. I have a PC, a laptop and a laptop with touch screen (and phone and tablet of course but I never confuse when going from phone to computer) and every time I spend some time with my touch screen laptop, I try to use the touch on my other computers too. 😅

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder how many COVID viruses are on that screen.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, just one.

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Gary Speirs
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1 year ago

This is perfect picture for virus spreading propaganda

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#12

"My PC Shut Off Suddenly And Won't Turn Back On"

"My PC Shut Off Suddenly And Won't Turn Back On"

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Chris Watson
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1 year ago

What a filthy environment

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#13

Quality Repost Here. (I Assume This Has Been Posted Before)

Quality Repost Here. (I Assume This Has Been Posted Before)

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Bill
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1 year ago

How old is this picture? I haven't used a floppy in over 25 years

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#14

One Of My Co-Workers Was Eager To Unpack Her New Mouse

One Of My Co-Workers Was Eager To Unpack Her New Mouse

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Hans
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1 year ago

Admittedly, these packings just are super annoying!

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#15

“My Space Heater Stopped Working”

“My Space Heater Stopped Working”

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Blakkur Sverrir
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1 year ago

Don't worry. Will be heating again, soon

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#16

Professional Cabling At Pepsi

Professional Cabling At Pepsi

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

To the MAX!!!!!

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#17

AT&T Has No Idea Why Their DSL Services Is So Poor. It Must Be My Wires In My House. No I Don't Think So

AT&T Has No Idea Why Their DSL Services Is So Poor. It Must Be My Wires In My House. No I Don't Think So

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Hans
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1 year ago

"This is meant to be like this"

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#18

Someone Unplugged Something And Now The Office Internet Doesn't Work...

Someone Unplugged Something And Now The Office Internet Doesn't Work...

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chi-wei shen
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1 year ago

That poor IT technican...

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#19

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

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Hans
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1 year ago

Genius!

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#20

Plugging In Your USB Receiver With A Hammer For That Flush Mounted Look

Plugging In Your USB Receiver With A Hammer For That Flush Mounted Look

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Elsker
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1 year ago

when the problem sits between the laptop and the deskchair...

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#21

"It Didn't Plug In, So I Bent The Pins To Make It Fit"

"It Didn't Plug In, So I Bent The Pins To Make It Fit"

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Hans
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1 year ago

If it fit, I...oh, nervermind, I will just read the newspaper.

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#22

Don't Forget To Tip Your Server

Don't Forget To Tip Your Server

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Emi A.
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1 year ago

I don't even have a clue what's gong on in here lol

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#23

My Friend Drilled Holes In His Mouse To Make It Lighter So It Would Give Him An "Advantage"

My Friend Drilled Holes In His Mouse To Make It Lighter So It Would Give Him An "Advantage"

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TheDivineMs.M
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1 year ago

Advantage of what????

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#24

My Grandpa Thought His Headphone Jack Was A Screw Hole

My Grandpa Thought His Headphone Jack Was A Screw Hole

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Mark
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1 year ago

A screw hole for what exactly though?

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#25

Work For Local High School, The Disc Drive Wasn’t Working. Probably Been There Since 2012

Work For Local High School, The Disc Drive Wasn’t Working. Probably Been There Since 2012

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Hans
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1 year ago

I did not see that meme face in quite a while...

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#26

When The Acid Kicks In

When The Acid Kicks In

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Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
1 year ago

weird oof

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#27

User "Dropped It Walking To The Car." It Came In The Day After The Super Bowl

User "Dropped It Walking To The Car." It Came In The Day After The Super Bowl

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Elsker
Community Member
1 year ago

drop it like it's hot...

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#28

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient." -My Tech Savvy Aunt

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient." -My Tech Savvy Aunt

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Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

I would like to unsee this please!

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#29

Round 2 Of How Students Treat Their Chromebooks In My School, I Have No Words

Round 2 Of How Students Treat Their Chromebooks In My School, I Have No Words

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Monday
Community Member
1 year ago

This makes me sad. This Chromebook did not deserve this.

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#30

“My Flash Drive Won’t Show Up And I’ve Literally Tried Everything!”

“My Flash Drive Won’t Show Up And I’ve Literally Tried Everything!”

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Mark
Community Member
1 year ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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