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23 Vomworthy Broken Computers Will Make You Want To Die A Little

There's a whole sub-Reddit called "Tech Support Gore" dedicated to horribly busted stuff that IT personnel get stuck with. Steel your mind for these horrors, this is not for the faint of heart.

Posted on November 14, 2012, at 11:22 p.m. ET

1. "I just spilled some nail polish on my keyboard."

2. "Oh. So that's why it wasn't even turning on."

3. "Customer brought in unit for virus removal...had to CONVINCE them they needed a new Power Supply as well ('but it works!')"

4. "All this client told me was that his girlfriend got mad at him."

5. "They said the computer sounded like it was about to take off."

6. "This seems a little fuzzy."

7. "User dropped his laptop and asked me if I could fix it."

8. "The connection keeps dropping out."

9. "I keep getting weird lines across my screen."

10. "Everytime I turn it on it just shows a red dot and smells really bad..."

11. "This is the server I was asked to upgrade today :("

12. "He said he didn't know why our network was running slow."

13. "Don't Smoke and Compute" / Via

"This is the PSU from my uncle's dead computer. He handed it off to my dad to see if it could be fixed. After being unable to get it to stay on for more than about 10 seconds, I decided to throw in a spare PSU I just happened to have laying around. The PC booted with no problem. The inside of his case smelled of stale tobacco, but the CPU and GPU fans were surprisingly clean. I noticed that the tobacco smell was hovering over the PSU after removal, so I decided to pop it open. This is what was left in the PSU AFTER about two cigars worth of tar fell out."

14. "Those are spider egg sacs."

15. "Fried Florida lizard"

16. "Underneath my grandfather's study desk"

17. "Attempting to restore a machine using the customer-created discs, they showed up invalid, so I checked for scratches. Well THERE'S your problem."

18. "My PC turns off every 2 hrs...what to do?"

19. "Where is your God now."

20. "Taking apart a PC for a client, who also happens to be a smoker."

21. "It's occasionally overheating on me. I have no idea why!"

22. "It was just a few drops of water..."

23. "My dad's keyboard"

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