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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8 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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8 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
Community Member
8 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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8 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
8 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
Community Member
8 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
8 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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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8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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.
Community Member
8 months ago

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

Monday
Community Member
8 months ago

They tipped their server.

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Hans
Community Member
8 months ago

Do not forget to secure a machine that costs several ten thousand dollars...

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
8 months ago

I use to work for the local school district. Custodian not IT. The superintendent who still has his job, is always pushing save money. The saved money goes to the football program, I live in Texas. Well IT said we need a back-up server. Cost$1000, no way to much money. It crashed, cost to try and recover what was stored on it, all students grades, from 1st to 12 grade. $10,000, plus replacing that server and buying a back-up. People don't think.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
8 months ago

Must be HISD or Channelview.

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Tabitha L
Community Member
8 months ago

The title is clever. But the picture makes my head hurt.

M O'Connell
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm reminded of Dave pulling circuits out of HAL.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
8 months ago

My thought exactly!

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Bob Belcher
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like it barfed all the boards out.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
8 months ago

Could be a unit that's been decommissioned... all those hard drives need degaussing to destroy proprietary information.

Laura Williams
Community Member
8 months ago

I agree... no power in a solid cement floor... should be on a raised floor.

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
8 months ago

I see at least 4 RAID arrays that will likely never boot up correctly again... assuming they're low end ones, that's what, US$3500 each, plus around US$200-$250 per drive laying on the floor assuming they're WD Blacks?? (they really should be Reds which would only be about $150 per drive, but you can clearly see the labels)

jon doglegs
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Server: tips are 25% plus of the order total, you tipped 20% or less, you are a cheapskate, therefore i shall have a tantrum, or a ram-trum..

Chris Lee
Community Member
8 months ago

In my first job we were moving offices. My manager propped a server against a desk leg whilst he moved something. I warned him it was unstable but he told me to mind my own business. A few minutes later there was the inevitable crash. The computer had all the personnel data for their most prestigious client. When we took the hard disk out, it rattled. We rang the disc manufacturer to see if any of the platters could be salvaged. "Hello," we said. "we have this disk from a computer that fell over -" "just reboot and it will be fine," they interrupted. We tried explaining several times more but they thought 'falling over' just meant a software fault. We gave up. "Look the whole PC tipped over - Listen!" we said, shaking the disk at the mouthpiece. (It was F^&*ked)

Ian Koch
Community Member
8 months ago

this looks like intentional sabotage

Jace
Community Member
7 months ago

Agreed. It looks like someone in IT was fired unjustly, and came into the server room with a crowbar or drove in with a forklift..

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fainasKeturatis
Community Member
8 months ago

it hurts to see this.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
8 months ago

Rimshot!

Mishte Tine
Community Member
8 months ago

Great title

Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
8 months ago

Don't forget to tip your server. Third time's the charm.

Leo Petipas
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm calling bullshit on this.

Jace
Community Member
7 months ago

How can this even happen?

melbfk
Community Member
8 months ago

See what happens when you don't?

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
8 months ago

Someone had quite the tantrum.

Tim Garber
Community Member
8 months ago

I've wanted to do that before!

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
8 months ago

A lot of pissed off hard drives, that's for sure...

Al Reilly
Community Member
8 months ago

Call Data to put them all back in before we breach!!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
8 months ago

Not that kinda Tip.

John de la Cruz
Community Member
8 months ago

It's like a gruesome crime scene

Markki Nelson
Community Member
8 months ago

F in the chat boys

Stimpy
Community Member
8 months ago

Nice one

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
8 months ago

RAID = Redundant Array of Independent Drives, even with this one RAID box down, the system is still backed up on the other server. No big deal, I'll just slot the drives back into the base, and life will go on as normal.. other than the RAID box being bolted to the floor

Jace
Community Member
7 months ago

Unless these are the RAID and the redundancy is IN this rack...

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Missy Barton
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh no

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
8 months ago

Tee hee!

backatya
Community Member
8 months ago

$0 They get paid by their employer. If the employee thinks they should make more, get a better paying job. It shouldn't be the customers place to compensate you for what the employer doesn't pay you.

Jace
Community Member
7 months ago

Wrong thread, bro. But just because you brought it up: the whole point of the tipping system is that employers EXPECT their employees to make tips, so they pay them LESS. This is a shitty and abusive system. Some excellent business owners have actually realized this and eliminated tipping at their establishments and paying their employees more. The result is better service, more reliable employees (they don’t leave as often, causing hiring issues), and happier employees. This means happier customers.

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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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8 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
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8 months 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
Community Member
8 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
8 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
Community Member
8 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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8 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
8 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
8 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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