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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Hand wipes, pleeeeeeeease!

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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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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Jinal P
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2 months ago

noope, am outta here.

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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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

A screw hole for what exactly though?

80 Van
Community Member
2 months ago

A screw.

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JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

I think he thought a screw was missing and that's the smallest one he had

Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

"Screw it!"

Lubica Acker
Community Member
2 months ago

How old is that thing? Is that rust?

togcrewsc
Community Member
2 months ago

on the nail or the phone?

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Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
2 months ago

"Ah, a screw hole. Let me grab my toolbox".

BlackestDawn
Community Member
2 months ago

Even if it was a screw hole you still need the right screw to put in it.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
2 months ago

Ok, I get that it's a GRANDPA, and he's ELDERLY, and probably not the best with technology,... but still. hOW.

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
2 months ago

So he just...found a random screw and stuck it in there? Also, is that rust?

Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

So THAT'S why they removed the separate jack for headphones... O_o

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
1 month ago

Testing. Testing, 1, 2, 3!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

What was he looking at on the phone that made him think "I need to screw this phone"?

Pompilius
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, that's one very retarded Grandpa.

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

I won't say that all senior citizens who can't master technology should be publicly flogged, but if we made an example of one or two, it might give the others incentive to try harder. ~Sheldon Cooper

Sel Bonda
Community Member
2 months ago

Granpa jus screwed it.

Unbored
Community Member
2 months ago

U don’t screw your phone...

Elsker
Community Member
2 months ago

to screw what?....

Mumof1
Community Member
1 month ago

What would you wnt to screw into it!

V.T. Proto
Community Member
1 month ago

WHY?!

Bindi Adams
Community Member
1 month ago

Because everyone must screw their phone??????

Tanya Creighton
Community Member
1 month ago

Screw it

Rodno7493527
Community Member
1 month ago

🤦🤦🤦🤦🤦

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
1 month ago

You can laugh at this because it is just so DUMB!!

Jace
Community Member
1 month ago

Your grandpa should not be so old that he doesn’t know what a headphone socket is. Also, why is it so fucking rusty???

jon doglegs
Community Member
1 month ago

Headphone jacks have been around for a long time, he probably never saw a walkman before or something?

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't get mad or frustrated when grandparents do something like this. I just can't.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

Grandparents should not be left alone with technology.

timhood
Community Member
1 month ago

More like someone found this old, rusty, non-working phone and thought it would make a good joke to put a screw in there.

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
1 month ago

Your grandpa needs to wash his hands more *pukes*

Noel Bovae
Community Member
1 month ago

OP says that's the paint chipping off, not dirt or rust.

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melbfk
Community Member
1 month ago

Please take Grandpa's tools away.

Azziza
Community Member
1 month ago

That's one grimy phone. What does he do with it? Use it as a spade in the garden?

GumShoe359
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor grandparents. I have elderly parents that don't understand stuff like this, but you should make them feel comfortable to ask you.

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 month ago

It may be time to check grandpa into the alzheimer's unit at the local retirement home.

Donna Lawrence
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess no one was there to show him how to use a. New phone. Some people need the basics. I like your Grandpa. We were born to play outside. get in when it got dark outside , come eat supper whit your family , Sunday a huge meal after Church, riding in the back of pick up trucks. ( Still ok some places) etc. Hi to your Grandpa and family . I was not that bad, but us older folks ( not a word I use) need help sometimes.

Meami
Community Member
1 month ago

Now it's a "screwed" hole.

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

Does the phone still work?

Shelby McClain
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my..

John Bradley
Community Member
1 month ago

It's an antenna for communicating with little grey aliens that took his brain out and put it back upside down.

STicKy
Community Member
1 month ago

So! , this will make the phone WATERPROOF then...

Paula Swanson
Community Member
2 months ago

A screw hole begging to be screwd?

Lisa Yario
Community Member
2 months ago

No phone for you

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
2 months ago

Whaaa? It's not?

ivan bolitekurac
Community Member
2 months ago

Screw this hole

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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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2 months 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
2 months 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
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2 months 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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2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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