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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 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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6 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
6 months ago

How old is this picture? I haven't used a floppy in over 25 years

Sam Rodger
Community Member
6 months ago

magnets kill floppy discs XD

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TheHerplover
Community Member
6 months ago

Magnet.

mario.b
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep, and that is why there's nothing left on the floppy :-)

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Bacony
Community Member
6 months ago

Condom with a pin in it: Finally, a worthy opponent! Our battle will be legendary!

Väinö-Oskari Astala
Community Member
6 months ago

You know when you're old if you died little inside. 😰

DaVo
Community Member
6 months ago

For all you youngsters: it is attached to the board with a magnet. Magnets erase anything on a floppy disc.

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
6 months ago

Degaussing made simple... I've used a drill on a hard drive rather than a degausser wand.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago

I learned a new word today! "Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating a remnant magnetic field. It is named after the gauss, a unit of magnetism, which in turn was named after Carl Friedrich Gauss." Wikipedia

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
6 months ago

I STILL HAVE FLOPPY DISKS, in 8" 5.25" and 3.5" as well as 3 banks of reel to reel data, 1 200 pound hard 2.5 mb Hard drive, and a box of punch cards

Catlady6000
Community Member
6 months ago

I honestly look forward to seeing these on Antiques Roadshow

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Jessie Naioti
Community Member
6 months ago

i dont get it

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
6 months ago

A good way to erase a disk (floppy or drive) is to use a magnet. They've attached the system restore floppy to a surface using a magnet, which will do exactly what the note says not to do.

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Unbored
Community Member
6 months ago

When I was younger I thought that whatever you wrote on a blank cd or dvd would determine the content of it

timhood
Community Member
6 months ago

It's on a fridge--it was always just a joke.

Helenium
Community Member
6 months ago

my husbands had a floppy for years lol

Uchman
Community Member
6 months ago

Viagra might help

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe posted in the 20th century.

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The magnet 🤦‍♀️

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
5 months ago

Can't you erase those with magnets?

Kai Wendorf
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm like... 1, 2, 3, 4... 14! I don't even know what this is!!

Jace
Community Member
6 months ago

Obviously a joke.

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
6 months ago

I had one of my wife's students all if that was a 3d print of the save icon.

Jo Choto
Community Member
6 months ago

Ah yes, floppies and magnets. Great combo.

Jolene Oldham
Community Member
6 months ago

My ex did that once. "I found one of your disks. It's on the fridge."

timhood
Community Member
6 months ago

It's on a fridge--it was always a joke

Shull GaRett
Community Member
6 months ago

Meh, its a basic fridge magnet.... Floppy should be fine. The neodymium ones on the other hand may do something to it...

Teresa Groth
Community Member
6 months ago

According to the pic it has some age on it! HA!

Mireia Dos
Community Member
6 months ago

Tell them they need to store their credit cards the same way 🤣

Mireia Dos
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣

Chris Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

I once spent a time consuming sunny morning at work programming EPROMs (Erasable Programmable memory) These were programmed in a special computer and then had a sticky foil put over the EPROM window. If the EPROM needed reprogramming, the foil was removed and the EPROM subjected to UV light to erase it. I went to lunch with the only task remaining being to place the stickers on and label them. I came back to find someone had 'kindly' placed them out of the way on the windowsill. The sun had erased everything!

Ian Koch
Community Member
6 months ago

I have no words... I am very confused

AnnSmithJones
Community Member
6 months ago

This is a joke magnet. Anyone who used floppies AND would have any use for a System Restore disk would know not to use a magnet.

Maria Jurkovičová
Community Member
6 months ago

I believe it is just a joke.

Donna Leske
Community Member
6 months ago

IT HAS A MAGNET ON IT.

backatya
Community Member
6 months ago

lol this when Bill G was very young

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
6 months ago

Stabbed through its heart with a magnet... Aieee...

rapheal azrin
Community Member
6 months ago

Reminds me of LUCY....

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago

This is probably posted just like all the other things on a refrigerator door. For the memories of what has been!

Steven Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

Lord!

Elli Rahim
Community Member
6 months ago

Clever. Go ahead and stick that up with a magnet. GENIUS. *sarcastic mode on

Wibbi
Community Member
6 months ago

Let's hope it's a joke... because floppy discs and magnets are a real bad combination

PeachPossum
Community Member
6 months ago

Magnet and magnetic media do not play nice together. That restore disk is toast--and so is their PC if it ever crashed.

Fairsher
Community Member
6 months ago

hahahaaaaa is that a magnet omg!!

Adit Danhorn
Community Member
6 months ago

but why on a fridge?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
6 months ago

That's not fridge

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Octavia Hansen
Community Member
6 months ago

Before this, when disks were in thick paper envelopes -- no one told anybody NOT to thumbtack it to the board!

David Jeu
Community Member
6 months ago

I refuse to believe its not a joke. 😣

Albert G. Fernández
Community Member
6 months ago

Do not erase or attempt to do it with a magnet.

David Forbes
Community Member
6 months ago

Held in place by a MAGNET!!!! LOL!

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
6 months ago

Heh

Id row
Community Member
6 months ago

That's painful to look at.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
6 months ago

Let's hope it was a prank.

Max L.
Community Member
6 months ago

"Again."

Gabriel Cortés García
Community Member
6 months ago

xD me ha hecho reír jajaj seguro que un imán hace maravillas ;)

DebbyC
Community Member
6 months ago

It's already erased with the magnet holding it up!

Motherofdogs
Community Member
6 months ago

That's the point.

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Matthew Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

I cringed seeing this.

Katinka Min
Community Member
6 months ago

Old but still funny.

iWood
Community Member
6 months ago

We Ed at Y Sky and is a BAD of is A!

lara
Community Member
6 months ago

It helps if you just bang your head on your desk. That pain will go away.

Sel Bonda
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow! What an idea.

Jacky Choo
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6 months ago

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Lol ......it is already erased by the magnet

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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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6 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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6 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
6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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
6 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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6 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
6 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
6 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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