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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

To the right we see a male attempting to attract the attention of a female who has ignored his advances thus far. Scientists believe the Wireless Horn Tweeter mates for life unlike the Lesser Horned Tweeter and the Wired Shelfie who, for lack of a better term, are total sluts.

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Grant Barke
Community Member
4 months ago

Nothing wrong here, that is how you mount them. Those are the antennas for the wireless speakers.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol, I hope you're joking

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't think the set up is complete... maybe their waiting to put a sturdier platform under those tripods (i.e. the ground was found to be too soft). Better cover them too... there's rain on the horizon.

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 months ago

*they're waiting

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Stimpy
Community Member
4 months ago

"wireless speakers obviously need antennas, duh..."

Lordfucktard
Community Member
4 months ago

One person sets the speakers out, then two go round to turn them the right way round. They're heavy and expensive, this is forethought not a lack of experience

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Still, @Ola Polowczyk and @Paul K. Johnson made a lot of people laugh today.

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Harold Summer
Community Member
4 months ago

This picture is just prior to flipping them. It's difficult to attach speakers on top of a pole using a ladder. Instead, attach the stands to the base as in the picture, and then rotate them up into the air.

Kesam
Community Member
4 months ago

Sounds legit if you don't know how difficult they are to rotate. I've set up hundreds of speakers in my life and I would never do it like that. It's much, much easier lifting them up on the stands the right way round. No need for a ladder.

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

Those trees need watering

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
4 months ago

I guess they thought they were antennae!

Mojones
Community Member
4 months ago

No, I won't make any Australia comments now.

Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

Well they are wireless so don't the "antennas" go at the top ;)

mike raine
Community Member
4 months ago

This may not be as silly as it looks. For installations such as this, it it is sometimes easier to put the stands on upside down as shown, then flip[ them over into the vertical position, than it is to either (a) put the speakers on the stands normally and raise the stands to the right height or (b) put the stands up to the right height than lift the speakers onto them. The same applies when taking them down. It is easier to lift the stand out of the speaker upside down, than it is to lift the speaker off the stand, specially if it is a tight fit.

Carroll Cadden
Community Member
4 months ago

Are those set up, or are they just stowed securely till later?

Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe the new guy isn't as experienced as he says

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Or maybe it was windy and this was the most stable way to put them.

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Adit Danhorn
Community Member
4 months ago

who set these up?

Daniel Mason
Community Member
4 months ago

Speaker head stand

Taris Unders
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG, I can't stop laughing all day

Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

How many bars did they get?

Bindi Adams
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Oh dear......suggest a new line of work...maybe something involving jobs in Australia (down under!)

Tanya Creighton
Community Member
3 months ago

I think they need a new AV guy.....

Rodno7493527
Community Member
3 months ago

Facepalm 🤦🤦🤦

Laura Crawley
Community Member
3 months ago

Must of been a grad student

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

There are people explaining that this is halfway done, not the finished product...

Mireia Dos
Community Member
4 months ago

Must have thought the feet were antennas.

Lavender Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Break dancing speakers

Ian Koch
Community Member
4 months ago

what... how... how do you screw up that hard? do they HAVE to put a giant "THIS SIDE UP" sticker on the speakers?

Paizleypie
Community Member
4 months ago

Those are speaker antennas

Андрей Лошаденко
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Cindi Steele
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh my...

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
4 months ago

Hilarious!!

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

no, sorry, they're dead

Muriel Gillespie
Community Member
4 months ago

And the problem is!!!!

backatya
Community Member
4 months ago

damn antennas don't work hmmm

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
4 months ago

Aren't those antennas on top?

rehabisforquitters
Community Member
4 months ago

There's no way...It must be the same person who put the paper in the printer.

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Shaking my head.

JJM
Community Member
4 months ago

There must have been a logical explanation for this, don't you think?

Heather Boardman
Community Member
4 months ago

You can not be serious

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Um - really? That seemed correct to you?

Joycez Zhuang
Community Member
4 months ago

hahAHAHA。。。。。。。。

Lynn Morello
Community Member
4 months ago

I Think there are Intelligent beings on this planet.

GARRETT O'BANION
Community Member
4 months ago

They are waiting tos trike their prey...

Steven Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

How dense can you get?

Meami
Community Member
4 months ago

I think they need to do a reinstall...

Bored Silly
Community Member
4 months ago

How can anyone be that stupid

Ace
Community Member
4 months ago

I- What?

Stephanie Di Mauro
Community Member
4 months ago

they were bowing over due to high wind, makes sense

Leonard Chia
Community Member
4 months ago

they are just setting it up halfway... or tearing it down.... instead of lifting up the heavy speakers and twisting them on a pointy end, this is the smarter way to fit the tripods....

Lisa Kristiana
Community Member
4 months ago

It's actually an antenna, catching the lighting..

Iain Urquhart
Community Member
4 months ago

Nah this is planning. One person goes ahead and sets up, two follow to tip upright. Its hard to get the top hat on the pole at height.

Karen Robertson
Community Member
4 months ago

At least this guy attempted to use a tiny bit of logic.. they're wireless so ..antenna..

Karthik Nanda
Community Member
4 months ago

In windy conditions, speakers are placed in such a position to avoid any damage or falling on an innocent bystander

Shelby McClain
Community Member
4 months ago

HA!!!

Fairsher
Community Member
4 months ago

Windy???

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay. But those could have been antennas.

Eva Zaqqum
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe he or she thought, that these are wireless speakers with some sort of antenas :D :D lovely though

ptm45
Community Member
4 months ago

I took one look and burst laughing....

Mark Serbian
Community Member
4 months ago

windy day, maybe?

PhotoJenic12
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually in a windy day....this could work!

Mehraj Sodha
Community Member
4 months ago

What?

CORLEONE
Community Member
4 months ago

OK gentelman, i know you are engineers and stuff but in this case the antenna stays down. LOL

Simone Laterza
Community Member
4 months ago

It's windy, that's why they are momentarily upside down

Karin Jansen
Community Member
4 months ago

The standards would sink into the grass probably. If it works, it ain't stupid.

Orionpax75
Community Member
4 months ago

This has to be a prank right please tell me?!? Wow

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

My guess is, it was too windy to have them up the other way.

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL!!!!

Linda Born
Community Member
4 months ago

antennas!

Borj Hidemore
Community Member
4 months ago

It is wireless, so reasonably it should atleast have receiver.transmitter right?

Sel Bonda
Community Member
4 months ago

Amazing talent!

AlexG
Community Member
4 months ago

wtf.... is this where the pc namby pamny brigade of schooling is leaving our kids ready for life? pc culture fail...

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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
4 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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4 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
4 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
4 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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4 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
4 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
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4 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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4 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
4 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
4 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
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4 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
4 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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4 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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4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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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4 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
4 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
4 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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