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!

N G
Community Member
4 months ago

It's got to be an Italian hospital

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Peter Kelly
Community Member
4 months ago

This didn't suddenly get in this state! There must have been a long succession of technicians that kept adding to it without anyone saying, "STOP!!!"

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

IT Technician in today world is the key figure needed by a manager to charge a user to plug a cable the same users plugs in at home without problems.

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Khavrinen
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4 months ago

Quick!! In order to defuse the bomb, you have to cut the yellow wire!!!

Apa da Quavk
Community Member
4 months ago

lets cut bomb wire with a bomb

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lara
Community Member
4 months ago

I think it is the yellow wire that is the problem.

Mark
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Hopefully not done by the same person doing your heart by-pass!

LSR
Community Member
4 months ago

"I detected the problem. One of the yellow cables is split".

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
4 months ago

Doctor, this terminal is terminal.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Scalpel, please.

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Lubica Acker
Community Member
4 months ago

Excellent puzzle project during the lock down.

Tiari
Community Member
4 months ago

I doubt there are any hospitals in lockdown right now...

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Randomcthulu
Community Member
4 months ago

I worked at a hotel where all the cables for the server were the same color blue. I was installing a physical firewall for tech support and they told me to plug in the blue cable. I had to email them a pic so that they could understand my problem. Literally heard the tech say "Oh shit...we'll send a technician to your site."

Ivana Junas
Community Member
4 months ago

My gf just went ballistic - she does tech stuff, sees this often, detests fixing it, doesn't understand why people do spaghetti in their server rooms.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

Because they’re too lazy to re-route the cables correctly and want a “quick fix”... which makes things HELL in the long term. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

"Do not touch any of these wires."

Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

Why not, they are low voltage

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katboxjanitor
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4 months ago

Dammit, Jim! I am a doctor, not an I.T. specialist!

Chris Longski
Community Member
4 months ago

Done by people who don't care...

Don Flynn
Community Member
4 months ago

looks like some of our communication closets

Chris Lee
Community Member
4 months ago

We had an ongoing contract to provide computer wiring into large computer rooms with the usual suspended floors. My manager wanted to know why I took twice as long as everyone else. I explained that, rather than hurling the cable under the floor willy nilly, I threaded it through the spaghetti like mess using the proper cable trays. "Well don't do that!" he yelled. Get it done quickly like everyone else. A week later, after several major installs, I was asked to return and remove the cable I had installed 'quickly'. It took me about 5 hrs to thread it back through the mess that looked like that above, but this time it had a large connector on one end. "Why did you take so long?" yelled my manager. I explained that I had laid it in straight line and it had been buried and tangled by subsequent installs. "Well why didn't you use the cable trays and do it properly?" he said!

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

Did you then tell him it was HIS fucking fault?

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Daniel Mason
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4 months ago

Reminds me of the lady in the Guinness world records longest finger nails

danielw
Community Member
4 months ago

Eh. fingernails that long are just.... wierd and terrifying. This... this monstrosity could kills somebody. Okay, probably an exageration. but it it's a critical server for a hospital... then whoever set this up needs to learn cable management.... reliability is a thing. This impacts uptime by requiring...probably hours... just to get to the rack.

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ivan bolitekurac
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4 months ago

Messy cable porn

chi-wei shen
Community Member
4 months ago

Head of our company's IT department: If it doesn't look like cable porn you'll get problems later.

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
4 months ago

Amateurs, just plain amateurs. I've been in server rooms done by pros and they never, ever look like this.

Stephen Naylor
Community Member
4 months ago

Angry employees dream with a bolt cutter

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

I worked for an IT company and you would not believe how often this occurs. There's a reason we color code and label everything. Yes, it does take a little linger and cost a bit more, but you will NEVER have to deal with this bullshit again.

danielw
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah, so I'm on BP waiting for my brother's family to show up for waffles. Mothers Day. Showed this to my unix admin dad.... whooops, there's now a twenty minute rant.

Philippe Fauteux
Community Member
4 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW-BU6keEUw

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Good choice

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

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BiLal Asif
Community Member
4 months ago

It needs to be rescued

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Eeh, resuscitated?

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Sue Foshag
Community Member
4 months ago

How NOT to run cable

Alexis D.
Community Member
4 months ago

*eye twitch*

DKS 001
Community Member
4 months ago

they really need wire tubes and cord organizers

M O'Connell
Community Member
4 months ago

Except it's a hospital, and downtime must be minimized. Do you want to tell a ward their computers will be offline for a day while you tidy up?

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Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

Spaghetti on the menu tonight?

Eyad Kamel
Community Member
3 months ago

That is how messed up my files are. Poor workers

Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

Probably the server where they designed "The Maze" highway interchanges in the Bay Area.

Anna roberts
Community Member
3 months ago

And if you have any problems, just add another yellow wire...

Nick P
Community Member
3 months ago

They need help. Save their lives...

Rodno7493527
Community Member
3 months ago

The Flying Spaghetti Monster really does exist. He heals those in the hospital. Long live Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Linda Mountain
Community Member
3 months ago

Yet another example of medical incompetency

Molly Morrison
Community Member
4 months ago

I've seen something similar, so I believe it

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
4 months ago

The Flying Spaghetti Monster's bathroom, perhaps?

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Where’s the marinara?

Shull GaRett
Community Member
4 months ago

Have you tried to plug it out and in again? xD

Michelle Albert
Community Member
4 months ago

And I thought behind my computer was bad!

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

The person who accomplished this mess had too be hired as the head of the cleaning crew!

Amy Jordan
Community Member
4 months ago

Giant Spaghetti Monster! The legend is true!

Ian Koch
Community Member
4 months ago

this is a hospital??? I'm surprised nothing bad has happened!!

CADEN FRENCH
Community Member
4 months ago

hey at least the patients can eat this spaghetti and then they really are patients

Joshua Selbitschka
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't even do tech support and this is physically painful to see!

melbfk
Community Member
4 months ago

Good luck with that (especially scary in a hospital.)

Андрей Лошаденко
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Vataman Mihaela
Community Member
4 months ago

cable salad

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
4 months ago

Remind me not to have surgery there.

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

that explains a lot

backatya
Community Member
4 months ago

I think the patient died because his life support isn't working from this mess

rehabisforquitters
Community Member
4 months ago

"The cable you want to disconnect first is the yellow one..."

JJM
Community Member
4 months ago

I need to fix the yellow one with the red top............somewhere in here.........

Jane Moore
Community Member
4 months ago

wow

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone dropped their ramen...

rapheal azrin
Community Member
4 months ago

just about right.... one cut all die

misery
Community Member
4 months ago

Disaster waiting to happen...

Simon Birkett
Community Member
4 months ago

I was debugging a connectivity problem for a publishing house in Bangkok. They sent their work to London for printing. This was back in 1993 when a V42 bis was the fastest modem you could get. Their telephone cabinet was like this pic, but smaller and with more dust, ghekko poop. I told the boss-woman "The problem is your wiring cabinet looks like a rat's arse." Ten minutes later I worked out she was a member of the Thai Royal Family! Whoops!

Craig Conway
Community Member
4 months ago

OCD nightmare

Mateusz Kolanek
Community Member
4 months ago

So that's what people call spaghetti code...

Mateusz Kolanek
Community Member
4 months ago

So that's what people call spaghetti code, huh?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
4 months ago

And I thought my Christmas lights were bad!

Tiffiny
Community Member
4 months ago

Whoever “attempted“ to install this should be fired.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

This is possibly just years of re-patching without giving a fuck about where the cables are going. The installation contractor or worker might have done the initial job correctly.

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Curious Cat
Community Member
4 months ago

dont cut the yellow wire !

Garth Robinson
Community Member
4 months ago

That's Ok, just move the yellow one over to port D145.....

Ronald Nye
Community Member
4 months ago

Opposite OCD

Donald Holder
Community Member
4 months ago

God, let's hope it wasn't the Neurologist who gave them access.

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
4 months ago

Just like Christmas lights... which one do I fix???

Robin Cox
Community Member
4 months ago

That is what happens when you hire the cheapest IT help you can find.

Artsy Demon
Community Member
4 months ago

Fnaf fans . . . Guys, its ennard GET THE EXOTIC BUTTERS

arjelio mas
Community Member
4 months ago

Was it maintenance guys who put the system in place? I'll bet it was tech guys who made that mess.

Mike Rushworth
Community Member
4 months ago

Italian hospital?

Michel Chartier
Community Member
4 months ago

Seen it! That is real! Was exactly like this when I was asked to redo an Hospital Data Center in Montreal!!!

Khloe Ness
Community Member
4 months ago

*screams: WHO WANTS SPAGETTI WE HAVE SO MANY ... BUT IT MIGHT KILL YOU!

Heather Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

Vanta Black
Community Member
4 months ago

Even I find this horrifying, and I don't work tech support.

Tana II
Community Member
4 months ago

"I'll get the orange and blue ones. You get the yellow."

Hal Collier
Community Member
4 months ago

They had a sale on 10 meter CAT6 cables

Doreen Glynn
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks legit. It’s how the lines and tube look when patients come to icu from surgery.

Jennifer Brekke
Community Member
4 months ago

Bon appetite!

Sam Cheung
Community Member
4 months ago

Need severe surgery! Guts everywhere!

Jessica H.
Community Member
4 months ago

This is why you give your computer monthly heartworm preventative.

Kika González
Community Member
4 months ago

Is there even a way to organize this to less cords?!

Fairsher
Community Member
4 months ago

Ha, nothing like I saw at my hospital but that was a few years ago. All tidy and labelled, nice and neat. This would be a nightmare for anyone new to the job.

Fuffer Pish
Community Member
4 months ago

Organize that while the hospital is full of covid people. seizures for everyone!

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

Needs Alfredo sauce and mushroom (though there could be mushrooms in the dark cavities).

WiggleCat
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4 months ago

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ptm45
Community Member
4 months ago

Hm...the pasta is missing some marinara sauce....

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone should be fired for that.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

More likely MANAGEMENT should be fired, not employees expected to “get it done two hours ago”.

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Zelda Blue
Community Member
4 months ago

They said to cut the yellow wire.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Serve it with plenty of sauce, preferably disinfected.

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Strange covid spreaded.. just thinking what is the cleaning level here.

Emily
Community Member
4 months ago

Same thing they do to the patients!

KT Trondsen
Community Member
4 months ago

oh...my....god

Angell Harding
Community Member
4 months ago

"A network cable is unplugged."

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

The good thing is the wires are mostly the same and have the same connection so you can throw them all out and start again without having to waste your life trying to untangle them.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

The problem is that you can’t tell what needs to go where. No one working on this can see the mapping. This mess makes me assume that too is a nightmare.

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Sue Foshag
Community Member
4 months ago

Their tech needs to be fired

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

They probably don’t have one.

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Linn Shonta
Community Member
4 months ago

Talk about "wired up"

Panda with Heart
Community Member
4 months ago

Hello ..fire hazard?

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
4 months ago

That...that could cause so many problems and lawsuits.

Ed Souza
Community Member
4 months ago

I quit!

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG that makes me so uncomfortable

p Syrin
Community Member
4 months ago

Just. Why.

Mia J
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Oh hell no! Makes my eye twitch.

Mark Serbian
Community Member
4 months ago

or, my daughter's bedroom ...

deanna woods
Community Member
4 months ago

This is a disaster waiting to happen.

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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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4 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Community Member
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.
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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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