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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

I had Linux installed, but decided I wasn't using it and would switch from dual-booting to just XP. So I load up a boot disc--I can't remember which, possibly the XP or Ubuntu boot disc--and formatted and deleted that partition, resizing my XP partition back to the full HD, and I was happy with it. And then, I tried to restart my computer and GRUB started freaking out, because it couldn't find the Ubuntu partition. So I get out my XP disc to try and reset the MBR, only to find that my admin password didn't work for some reason. I eventually managed to finally find a working Ubuntu disc, reinstall Ubuntu, and it stayed that way for a few months until I decided to reinstall XP.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby emceng » Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:37 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Well.. I used to change things until it broke, then rebuild and try to figure out what I did wrong. Of course, I started... well, I originally started in the days before hard drives, then got a better computer in the days of Windows 3.1, so I probably still know far too much about editing config.sys and autoexec.bat on the boot disk so as to play various games.

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That's right, kids.. there was a time where you'd need to make a 3.5 (or 5.25) boot disk in order to play a certain game due to the odd memory configuration it needed that would leave your computer damn near unworkable if you set it up like that full time.

I don't miss those days.



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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Vincent91 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:43 pm UTC

What about the classic rm -rf /*

I screwed up my laptop once by messing with pacman, the package manager of my Linux distribution, Archlinux.
I kept cancelling package installations with Ctrl-C when they were taking too long and I wanted to turn off my computer. One time, things didn't quite go so smoothly. I suppose pacman must've been writing to some file when I interrupted it because when the next time the computer booted, the OS could not open any file for writing anymore. It said the hard drive was full. That also meant that most applications would not work, including the X Graphical Server. I eventually managed to fix it by connecting manually to a wireless network (using iwconfig) and running pacman with the "clean up" option.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby DerVorleser » Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:34 pm UTC

I just recently fried my laptop... leaving it on for 8hrs/day over 3 years is not concidered "normal" use I guess. :/ The GPU is defect and I'm pretty sure I melted some wires on the section of the mainboard under the gfx card. This is because, even with the faulty GPU disabled, I get vertical arrays of blue lines running down my screen. To be more precise, a screen which I have to go to via S-Video or DVI. This is because my original laptop screen died too.


But wait, there's more fail to be had.
After this disaster to my hobby of gaming, I wanted to fire up my 6 year old desktop. Guess what, I had taken out the original hd, reformatted and put it in a tv-receiver and now the desktop won't boot from a windows cd. It's also awesome, that my bios can't be accessed for some reason.. bleh. It worked about 4 months ago... when I still had my old drive in it...

So in essence, I've had two pc's fail on me within two hours... now I'm using my dad's 8 year old laptop to surf the net...
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby tekk » Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:22 am UTC

things not to do:
Update glibc to 2.8 by building from source and doing a make install(yaaayyy....reinstall)
Open a terminal and type sudo kdm while using gnome(yaaayyyy..crippled computer eventually causing a reinstall)


edit: switched KDE to kdm, which is the command, not sure what was wrong with my head when I wrote that before..
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Poochy » Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:03 am UTC

Back in the days of Windows 95, I once accidentally changed the wrong item by accident while hacking around with Windows' settings. The item I accidentally changed? The .EXE file association. I immediately went "oh, crap" and spent quite some time trying to restore it, which was rather problematic because I couldn't run any programs in Windows.

Then there was another one of my registry hack attempts gone awry in Windows 98. I misclicked once or twice, then hit Delete and confirmed before I realized I had clicked on the wrong item again. (I think it was registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, being the key for the Recycle Bin, but I'm not sure.) The result this time? I deleted my Recycle Bin. I don't remember how trying to delete stuff worked without a Recycle Bin, or whether it was just the desktop icon that was gone, but I do remember I could still delete files. This does raise a question, though: What would happen if you tried to put the Recycle Bin in the Recycle Bin?
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Vincent91 » Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:24 am UTC

DerVorleser wrote:This is because, even with the faulty GPU disabled, I get vertical arrays of blue lines running down my screen.


Wow, I have something similar on my laptop. There's this vertical line that always has the red component of the pixels maxed out, resulting on a red line on black background, and no line on white background (Or any color with 255 red). I thought it had something to do with the LCD's connections since at first the lines would disappear when I moved the screen.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby pbandjay » Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:27 am UTC

I was having trouble getting my computer to recognize my ethernet card so I decided to take my ethernet card out and start over. I opened the case the took the card out while forgetting to off turn my computer. The motherboard was gone after that.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby LongLiveTheDutch » Sun Dec 20, 2009 7:30 am UTC

I've screwed up my hard drives a number of times and needed to reformat, doing random stuff. One time I killed my old desktop somehow, I had XP and Ubuntu dual booted off of separate hard drives. For some reason I couldn't boot anything any more and decided to just leave it alone. Turns out my one drive (40gb, something like 6 years old) had crapped out on me. Another time, I messed up XP and had to reinstall, losing EVERYTHING on my hard drive. Good thing I was only in middle/high school and had nothing important.

Another anecdote: I was installing XP on my friends computer, using my super old disk. Unfortunately, I installed it while connected to the Internet, without any firewalls. Immediately he had a virus somehow and I had to reinstall all over again. That was a fail :(

Mostly now it's my brother who screws up my mom's computer. He has the ability to download and install things, but lacks the common sense to not install programs from random websites that claim to do things he wants or to install "cracked" programs and run "keygens" from Limewire without first running a virus scan.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Ralith The Third » Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:16 pm UTC

One time, when I was running Mac OS 6, I managed to get the resolution changed to something bad. Permanently. Don't remember how I fixed it...


Intentionally, I've messed around with the windows config files.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Walter.Horvath » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:27 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:I had Linux installed, but decided I wasn't using it and would switch from dual-booting to just XP. So I load up a boot disc--I can't remember which, possibly the XP or Ubuntu boot disc--and formatted and deleted that partition, resizing my XP partition back to the full HD, and I was happy with it. And then, I tried to restart my computer and GRUB started freaking out, because it couldn't find the Ubuntu partition. So I get out my XP disc to try and reset the MBR, only to find that my admin password didn't work for some reason. I eventually managed to finally find a working Ubuntu disc, reinstall Ubuntu, and it stayed that way for a few months until I decided to reinstall XP.

The same thing happened to me, except a tad more fucked up. I just manually resized the Vista partition to override the Ubuntu partition. I also was, in a twist of irony, forced to go back to using Ubuntu primarily (solely) for 6 months.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby LuNatic » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:04 am UTC

Kinda messed up a computer : I was scratching for extra space on a 3.1 GB Hard Drive, and a Win 98se install and decided to delete command.com because obviously .com meant it was a website, and it no-one ever visited it. The machine still booted and ran, but not without error. I eventually found and downloaded a replacement.

Really messed up a disk drive: The family PC was pretty crappy, but my brother had his own that was much better, and said I could install the C&C:Generals demo on it. He had a dual boot system with Win XP Pro and Win 98. I turned his computer on and booted into XP, because he told me to install it on the XP HDD. His XP logon was passworded, so I rebooted into 98, knowing that that bypassing Win98 passwords wasn't hard. Once inside I set about installing the game onto the XP partition. Unfortunately for us both, I didn't know anything about filesystems at the time, and certainly didn't know that installing onto an NTFS HDD from a FAT32 Operating system would scramble the entire contents of the HDD in question. Oops.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby AJR » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:35 pm UTC

Chavroux wrote:I never ever turn a computer on with its case open anymore. I've fried a motherboard with loose screws and another one with tinfoil from easter eggs.

I've encountered one PC where running it with the case open was standard practice. It was in the student theatre at uni, and always ran rather warm. When we had it in the projection box (which often rather warm as well) it would need some extra cooling, so we would take the side panel off and point a desk fan into it. The extra airflow did help...

"Safely remove hardware is a feature worth using": Just after deleting some files from a USB memory stick to free up some space, I was in a hurry and pulled it out without first unmounting it. Unpon putting the stick into another PC, one of the folders I was deleting was still there. So, I try to open it: "Windows cannot open this folder because it does not exist". Hmmm, but you're showing it in Explorer. Lets try deleting it again... "Windows cannot delete this folder because it does not exist". O...K... The folder appeared in Explorer, and was taking up about half the space on the stick, but I couldn't do anything to it because it didn't exist. Reformatting the memory stick was the only way to fix it. FAT32 is not what you might call a robust filesystem.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Jorpho » Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:17 pm UTC

LuNatic wrote:Unfortunately for us both, I didn't know anything about filesystems at the time, and certainly didn't know that installing onto an NTFS HDD from a FAT32 Operating system would scramble the entire contents of the HDD in question. Oops.
Um, Windows 98 can't recognize NTFS partitions, period (unless you have some wacky third party driver, which is unlikely). The only way I can see "scrambling" happen is if you decided to use format or scandisk somewhere.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Wallydraigle » Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:05 pm UTC

I was changing out a hard drive and forgot/didn't bother to disconnect the machine from the power, and I contacted something inside the case that I shouldn't have with the metal hard drive casing. It shorted something out and when I powered back up, my keyboard didn't work. Long story short, my PS2 port would only get power when the machine was powered off. I never figured that one out.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby defaultusername » Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:09 pm UTC

A while ago I was looking around for software to monitor the temperatures in my hardware. I considered the usual options, but somehow came across something developed by Intel specifically for motherboards with Intel chipsets. Since I have one of those, I figured it would work. When I tried to run it, my computer died on me. I got no error messages, no BSoD, everything just plain stopped. Very creepy, and sure enough, it wouldn't boot afterwards. In the vain hope that maybe something had overheated or something, I left it alone for about an hour. Still nothing. Resigned to the fact that something had fried, I began removing parts in order to isolate the problem. The computer booted fine with just the processor, which was a relief. It kept booting obediently as I reinstalled things, and eventually everything was back to operating conditions without me having found the problem, let alone fixed it. To this day, the computer works just fine. Needless to say, I deleted the scary Intel software first thing, and got Rivatuner instead.

On an other occasion I decided to remove the Windows XP partition on my laptop, after having used nothing but the dual-booted Linux (eeebuntu) for several months. I used GParted to remove XP and resize the Linux partition. Somehow, somewhere, something went wrong. The 10 GB that had been my Windows partition had magically disappeared. I couldn't see them at all from inside eeebuntu, and in GParted, they were listed as 'used'. I have some theories as to what might have happened; it could be because XP was the logical partition, while eeebuntu was extended, or it could be that I neglected to format the ex-Windows partition as ext3 before resizing eeebuntu over it. In the end, I solved the problem by reformatting the whole SSD and reinstalling Linux.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby tendays » Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:14 pm UTC

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Carnildo » Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:58 am UTC

defaultusername wrote:A while ago I was looking around for software to monitor the temperatures in my hardware. I considered the usual options, but somehow came across something developed by Intel specifically for motherboards with Intel chipsets. Since I have one of those, I figured it would work. When I tried to run it, my computer died on me. I got no error messages, no BSoD, everything just plain stopped. Very creepy, and sure enough, it wouldn't boot afterwards. In the vain hope that maybe something had overheated or something, I left it alone for about an hour. Still nothing. Resigned to the fact that something had fried, I began removing parts in order to isolate the problem. The computer booted fine with just the processor, which was a relief. It kept booting obediently as I reinstalled things, and eventually everything was back to operating conditions without me having found the problem, let alone fixed it. To this day, the computer works just fine. Needless to say, I deleted the scary Intel software first thing, and got Rivatuner instead.

It's a good bet that the BIOS's internal record of installed hardware got scrambled. By removing everything and adding it back in, you force the BIOS to rebuild its record.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby phlip » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:25 am UTC

As a kid, the family computer had the Norton Utilities installed on it... I used to run the Disk Doctor thing all the time - the pointless graphics were kinda fun to watch, and it made me feel like I was Helping (don't ask what I was helping with, just that I was Helping). So one day I look at this other program in there called "SpeedDisk", and decide that running that must be even more Helping, 'cause I know the computer can get kinda slow sometimes, and it has "speed" in the name. Also, it had new different pointless graphics to watch.

Of course, it turns out that's a defrag program. So it took a lot longer to run than the other thing, which was basically a glorified scandisk. So I got bored with that pretty quickly, and tried to exit. Of course, it didn't want to exit straight away, it would much rather get the disk into a consistent state first, but I was impatient, and killed it. And when that locked the computer up, I rebooted it. Instead of booting back up into DOS, it went into the lesser-known "output random gibberish characters and beep a lot" OS.

I don't really remember how we recovered from that... I think mum took it to a professional repair person who salvaged what they could and then reformatted. It's probably all that could be done at that point.

Of course, I've also done the usual - took me about half a dozen goes to install Linux the first time, which I'd brick for one reason or another, and I always keep a livecd handy for when I inevitably break something... but that's the main time I've royally destroyed a computer.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Walter.Horvath » Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:19 am UTC

Vohu Manah wrote:One word: Vundo It still sends shivers down my spine when I think about it.

I also learned the hard way that Yahoo Widgets slows your computer down. It took me 2 hours to get to the add/remove programs and uninstall it.

I believe I'm in the middle of this at the moment.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:20 pm UTC

The worst I've ever managed was when I had XP and Ubuntu on dual boot on my laptop. I decided I wanted to get rid of Ubuntu and reclaim the hard drive space for XP. Unfortunately, deleting the Ubuntu partition also deleted my boot loader. And for reasons unknown, I was unable to repair my MBR with my XP disc. I had to reinstall the whole thing.

A mate of mine once opened up his hard drive case to see what was inside and basically bricked it. It never worked again, and I couldn't even get any data off it. I think the billy sastard actually took out the platters to look at them and put them back once he'd got them nice and greasy from his fingers. Either that or he knackered the motor or reading head. I suppose it's better he poked around inside the hard drive than the power supply unit. He'd probably have bricked HIMSELF if he'd done that.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby AJR » Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:56 pm UTC

Even if he didn't do anything to the platters, the act of opening it up probably let enough dust in to damage the drive.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby TechiesGoBoom » Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:14 am UTC

So; i had a laptop, a pretty nice alienware, and decided it would be be cool to hook it up to my 19" poloroid tv. Because of other problems i had just had to use the respawn cd (really easy way to reinstall windows and return the computer to factory settings) I had the cable to hook it up and thought it would be that simple. After I attached the cord, the picture didn't appear. I thought, hey, no big deal, I can handle this; so i started playing around with the settings and such to actually get it to work. At some point I messed around with the resolution, and when I cranked it up to the max settings it started doing something, so i thought, huh, maybe if i sit back and wait a few moments, the picture will magically appear. After about a minute of waiting, the screen on the laptop went black, as did the TV. My first thought was on the considerably more expensive laptop, so i unattached the cable and restarted it a few times, all to no avail. I ended up having to use the respawn cd again, which thankfully fixed everything with the computer. My TV, on the other hand, is still broken. I cant even turn it on any more, the light doesn't even come on when I plug it in :( but at least I have my laptop.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby modularblues » Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:59 am UTC

I thought deleting system files and having to reinstall Windows 98 was bad... I was a stupid teenager fiddling with the folders and trying some optimization schemes...

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Postby httpd.conf » Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:21 am UTC

Once, while switching operating systems on a server, I accidentally formatted one of the hard drives with user data on it, when I meant to do it to the OS drive. Since that day, I never put 2 identical drives in the same computer.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Senefen » Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:03 am UTC

When I was little I somehow managed to uninstall the OS while trying to play monopoly, don't ask me how, that's what my parents told me happened.
I went into the wrong folder or something and clicked on a bunch of things, when one didn't work I moved onto the next one.
I remember clicking OK on a lot of dialog windows,
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Feddlefew » Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:31 am UTC

In order...

1. Windows 98- Fork + Floppy drive= magic smoke. Lost a good fork, too....
2. Vundo, which survived the initial OS reinstall.
3. Vundo again, leading to a complete system nuke.

And, finally:

4. I made the mistake of installing Spore on XP. Nothing worked quite as it should after that, and I suspect it eventually caused the total system failure I experienced a month ago.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby crucialityfactor » Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:11 am UTC

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Internetmeme » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:13 am UTC

Vundu

I decided to install that (you read right. I installed a virus onto my laptop) just because I wanted to test out my antivirus array (AVG and Zonealarm). I was confident it would work.
Two weeks later trying to fix it, blue screen.
Three months later, it just cuts off, and I thought it was the fan (which would not cut on).
Eventually, it started taking longer and longer to cut on. It got to about 1 hour to get a working desktop to be able to do anything.
Formatted, installed Ubuntu, then installed Windows XP Pro (last summer). Never looked back.
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And then, when I was 4 or 5, on an old computer (Packard-Bell from the 90's with an old version of windows), I changed the password to a random string of letters and numbers. To this day, we still have not figured out what the password is.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Isaac356 » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:28 am UTC

When I was in middle school, I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizons and try linux. I got some Red Hat cds from a public library, and I immediately started installing it on my laptop. Well, I didn't know much about partitions, so somehow I assumed that if I just split my disk 50/50 FAT/Ext, that the windows partition would still have all of my files on it. I CRIED when I realised that I lost all of my music, games, themes (oh man, those were important), etc. Worse, Red Hat was VERY unstable (this was when linux was aimed at desktops/servers only). The X server wouldn't even run, and I knew nothing about the linux command line (although, at the time, I knew quite a lot about dos/windows command line). I had no backup discs, so needless to say, I was without a usable (by me) computer for about four months.

The only thing that's funnier than that is when that same computer went out of date (5 years later, maybe), I had a motherboard failure where the computer wouldn't turn on. (I knew it was near the power cord input, since it sometimes needed to be wiggled to get the "charging" light to turn on). I took it to a shop, and the guy there suggested that I scrap it for parts and sell them, since replacement parts are no longer manufactured, and it would cost more than the price of a new laptop to fix the motherboard. So, I took everything apart and looked up prices for the parts. The keyboard was going on eBay for $5; I don't remember the prices for the rest of the items, but I added them up and it was well over $700, which was the price of the new laptop I wanted. I got excited and made plans to buy the laptop. I listed the keyboard on eBay for 99 cents as the starting price, and wouldn't you know, that's what it sold for. 99 FREAKING CENTS. I wanted to put the computer back together, but I had lost the screws in the meantime. I shipped it out, and I totally disregarded the rest of the items, until one day, I was looking closely at my motherboard. There was a piece of metal underneath the charging port that looked like it was dislocated, so on an impulse, I pushed it back into place, grabbed the charger, plugged it in, and hit the power button. It booted. I was pissed. Eventually, my parents ended up throwing the rest of the parts away.

EDIT: Maybe I should elaborate that the charging light never turned on while the motherboard was "broken", the wiggling thing only worked before it was broken. When I saw the charge light come on after I pushed the charge port's contacts back in, I was already semi-pissed. The only thing broken on the motherboard was the charge port's contacts, which could be pushed back into place. Also, in a "Magic/More Magic" moment (semi-related), one time I dropped this same computer, and afterwards it booted up in like two seconds. Windows 98 in TWO SECONDS!!! Well, my school's Computer Resource Technician looked at it, decided there was something wrong with the filesystem, and reimaged the entire laptop. I could never get it to boot that quickly again.
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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Rysto » Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:54 pm UTC

Two9A wrote:And then there's the Linux geek in the room, who managed to totally screw up his Gentoo install one time.

For the uninitiated, most programs in Linux (as in Windows) are written in C, and depend on the C library (glibc); they tend to be compiled against a particular version of glibc. If you then upgrade glibc, all the references in ALL the programs in your system point to the wrong place in the library, and NOTHING works.

I couldn't change directory, list files or delete anything, never mind fire up the package manager to downgrade glibc. I guess I'm lucky the kernel itself doesn't need the library, or my files would start deleting all by themselves. I ended up formatting and starting afresh.

I did something similar to a FreeBSD system once. In my case, I built libc on a different computer and then copied it to my NFS-mounted homedir. When I tried to copy it from my homedir to /lib, everything went to hell. It was rather amusing to see everything crash all at once, though. Fortunately, there were enough statically-linked utilities in the /rescue partition that I was able to recover the system after about an hour.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Walter.Horvath » Sun Dec 27, 2009 4:36 am UTC

Internetmeme wrote:
Vundu

I decided to install that (you read right. I installed a virus onto my laptop) just because I wanted to test out my antivirus array (AVG and Zonealarm). I was confident it would work.
Two weeks later trying to fix it, blue screen.
Three months later, it just cuts off, and I thought it was the fan (which would not cut on).
Eventually, it started taking longer and longer to cut on. It got to about 1 hour to get a working desktop to be able to do anything.
Formatted, installed Ubuntu, then installed Windows XP Pro (last summer). Never looked back.
Downloading a virus to test your computer? Bad idea.

I'm sorry, for all of the people that legitimately struggle from the virus:
Spoiler:
fuck you

Also, I'm starting to get that this is not possible to remove. *Sigh*. Dad, you're getting Linux whether you want it or not.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby LuNatic » Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:50 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:
LuNatic wrote:Unfortunately for us both, I didn't know anything about filesystems at the time, and certainly didn't know that installing onto an NTFS HDD from a FAT32 Operating system would scramble the entire contents of the HDD in question. Oops.
Um, Windows 98 can't recognize NTFS partitions, period (unless you have some wacky third party driver, which is unlikely). The only way I can see "scrambling" happen is if you decided to use format or scandisk somewhere.


Hmm, I stand corrected. Both were FAT32, and somehow I managed to trash the file allocation tables.
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Velict wrote:Good Jehova, there are cheesegraters on the blagotube!

This is, for some reason, one of the funniest things I've read today.

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Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

Postby Internetmeme » Mon Dec 28, 2009 1:55 am UTC

Walter.Horvath wrote:
Internetmeme wrote:
Vundu

I decided to install that (you read right. I installed a virus onto my laptop) just because I wanted to test out my antivirus array (AVG and Zonealarm). I was confident it would work.
Two weeks later trying to fix it, blue screen.
Three months later, it just cuts off, and I thought it was the fan (which would not cut on).
Eventually, it started taking longer and longer to cut on. It got to about 1 hour to get a working desktop to be able to do anything.
Formatted, installed Ubuntu, then installed Windows XP Pro (last summer). Never looked back.
Downloading a virus to test your computer? Bad idea.

I'm sorry, for all of the people that legitimately struggle from the virus:
Spoiler:
fuck you

Also, I'm starting to get that this is not possible to remove. *Sigh*. Dad, you're getting Linux whether you want it or not.

IIRC one of these rogue antivirus companies got sued. I'll check Wikipedia and post back.

EDIT:
Yep, they did.
Spoiler:


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