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
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2 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2 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
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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
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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.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
2 months ago

Nor did whoever bought it in the first place.

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Sterrinatu
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2 months ago

I guess I was raised different. My mom taught me to not destroy other people's property. In fact, you treat it better than your own.

mario.b
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2 months ago

Your mother taught you well

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temmie
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2 months ago

you don't know how many kids at my school play with a Chromebook like if its a football and some of them say "the schools going to pay for it" um ..... did you read the contract they gave us before we got them and they pays like $500 or more and get mad just for that and saying i an't pay'in. there are so many dumb kids at my school i honestly don't know how they got to high school they think life is a game.

ember avery
Community Member
2 months ago

my school does the same and last year someone had to pay over $300 and she started crying saying she didn't do anything 😐😩

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Oskar vanZandt
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2 months ago

Some people, including ignorant adults, think that when they wreck something they've been given to use, someone else ought to pay to fix/replace it. No respect for others' property or for something that has been given to them without having to work for it.

Bored Silly
Community Member
2 months ago

Because they did not pay for it. If the cash cam from their part time jobs this would be pristine

Sam Meyers
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly. Because they did not pay for it they have no sense of value. Right now my school district has loaned out thousands of laptops to kids for home learning. I doubt they get many back, in a working state anyway.

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Panda with Heart
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2 months ago

Oh wow..student should have to clean the bathrooms.

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

The kids that damaged laptops should pay towards new ones. This is inadmissible.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 months ago

We didn't have a lot of money growing up, so everything we owned was treated with the greatest respect.

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
2 months ago

Jup. Happend every time. They throw it on their table, they throw it in their bags, they throw their bags around... Seriously not understanding how parents can buy their kids expensive phones... :')

BiEL Sampaio
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2 months ago

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Phones are cool, notebooks for studying are not.

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María Hermida
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2 months ago

They should be forced to pay for it, plus a fine, plus "you can't get anything else for free for the next ten years because you don't deserve it".

Joanna
Community Member
2 months ago

It's heartbreaking how people are ungrateful ! :(

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

That just goes to show if you give someone something, and they don’t work for it, it has no value to them.

Vanta Black
Community Member
2 months ago

I am currently using a Chromebook. This has given me yet another reason not to have kids.

Lisa Yario
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like one of those ant farms, or a sand picture

SciFi Vortex
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2 months ago

I have one word. Animals.

Scott Lloyd
Community Member
2 months ago

the keyboard looks good besides the space bar. who the hell takes a space bar out?

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

Kids that have no manners, that who does such stupid things.

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John Baker
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2 months ago

If it were up to me, that student wouldn't get a replacement - or a passing grade.

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
2 months ago

Spoiled brats. Their parents should have to pay for that. When my kids were loaned chromebooks for school, I'm not joking when I say that I bought them foam envelops to keep them in, checked to make sure they were not damaging them, cleaned it, taught them how to care for the cables, etc. But I take care of things, even when they're not mine. ESPECIALLY when they're not mine.

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
2 months ago

School taxes at work!

rehabisforquitters
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2 months ago

As a teacher, I'm fighting every impulse to rant about respecting the school's property...

David Kichi
Community Member
2 months ago

When you give it to kids for free, they think it's cheap junk and treat it as so. Next time, have them put a cash deposit for value of laptop. If returned in bad condition, money is used to buy replacement and they get to keep the one they destroyed. Everyone wins!!!

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
2 months ago

They didn't pay for them, the taxpayers did. So, it's free, right?

Nerdiqueen
Community Member
2 months ago

*reads this on a school chromebook* *screams in terror realising i KNOW people who do this*

DebbyC
Community Member
2 months ago

Keep giving the brats more Chromebooks!

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

Debby totally agree with you. It's up to the parents to provide them instead giving them their own TV for the bedroom, no Mobil phones and less pocket money. This way the parents have no excuses for not buying one.

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Cee Mor
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2 months ago

Well now they will have to write everything out by hand and actually carry books!

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

A reason some kids may do this, or at least from my experience, is that sometimes when you break your computer and need a replacement, they'll have to give you this silvery-chrome samsung one, but it's the exact same size and everything. Just pretty and sparkly and shiny.

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

oh hehe I'm working and reading this on one of those chromebooks

Boop
Community Member
1 month ago

We have these at my school and our teachers are SUPER strict about this so we're all careful about this

꧁༺ʍǟռɢօ༻꧂
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn, and i thought our school was bad

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
2 months ago

What and why?

Eyad Kamel
Community Member
2 months ago

Huh, reminds me of how the kids in the basement look

Bindi Adams
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly, not a unique event...some genius at ours decided to stick a pin through the camera......another decided it was a cool event to switch all the keys around.....guess that better than taking every second key......very sad

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
2 months ago

What had happened was....

Molly Morrison
Community Member
2 months ago

Then they don't deserve one....

Jace
Community Member
2 months ago

They’re fucking trash. It’s no surprise that they get abused. Computers are almost the perfect generator of impotent rage.

Clare Amidei
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm on a chromebook right now and I had to keep scrolling otherwise my chromebook would flip out

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
2 months ago

Depending on where the school is, kids tend to think the school just buys all new stuff every year. Sad to think that some kids don't respect things that can be provided as a service, but have to be done for years.

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
2 months ago

My old school’s keyboards sometimes looked like that, but not the rest of it.

Funtime Foxy
Community Member
2 months ago

OML THE POOR CHROMEBOOK

Teresa Groth
Community Member
2 months ago

Sad!

melbfk
Community Member
2 months ago

Pictures say a thousand words.

Janet Salisbury
Community Member
2 months ago

kids at my school too

Gareth Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like the cover of Radiohead's Kid A album.

Joshua SZABO
Community Member
2 months ago

oops

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 months ago

Spoiled millennials. When we attended school. You had to provide your own equipment consisting of a calculator, and a pen and paper.

Batty
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2 months ago

ok boomer, millenials are adults now. this is gen z.

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Flavia Slag
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2 months ago

Anger management next class

Khloe Ness
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW

Tiffany Sparrow
Community Member
2 months ago

My chromebook is a scared

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
2 months ago

how can u not like a crom book :[......................idiot

Drake Pillsbury
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly I have one in my classroom that looks about like this.

Drake Pillsbury
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly I have one from my classroom that does not look much better.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
2 months ago

My kids shift key started sticking and I started panicking thinking I was going to have to replace the whole thing two weeks ago. They were nice about it and replaced it.

ANDREA SERRANO MORALES
Community Member
2 months ago

my chromebook from the school shuts off randomly during zoom meeting and while doing work. kids forget their pencils or earbuds so then they just close the laptop and well, it breaks, cracking the screen.

L Duncan
Community Member
2 months ago

Reasons 1 to 1 fails. Create safe libraries open until 10 for access.

Kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

i saw worst… much… much… much worst when i worked in a highschool

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 months ago

bad - worse - worst, as in 'I have eaten worse wurst :-)'

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Ian Koch
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2 months ago

I actually had the weird glitchy screen happen to a friend once! he didn't do it on purpose...

Lynn Morello
Community Member
2 months ago

Not his why should he care????????????? WTF did he do???

John de la Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

that's the young generation of today for ya

Travis Juchter
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe they watched porn on it and was too paranoid someone would find out. Might as well smash it!

Batty
Community Member
2 months ago

porn is blocked on school computers

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Albert G. Fernández
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2 months ago

This it´s easy to explain: He´s definitely bad at Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Destiney Torres
Community Member
2 months ago

same thing happened to me except i didn't screw it up to bad just the screen,but a couple of friends of mine decided to use an umbrella and well u know, and beside my was an accident.

Ann Sterzinger
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope they didn't give you a replacement till you'd read a paper book or two... clearly you are learning to spell from Reddit. Aren't they teaching you any language skills AT ALL? Or are they just spending the money I pay in taxes for you to break things?

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Id row
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2 months ago

To be fair, those Chromebooks are crap and would have broken sooner or later.

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2 months ago

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At least it wasn't a real computer...

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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
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2 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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