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    Red face Your stupidest computer moment...

    OK, we've all done something totally stupid over the course of working with computers.

    I remember a time before I had the knowledge I have now - before I'd ever been inside a PC myself. It was time for me to check out what RAM could go into my rig (at the time a K6 200.)

    I happily started unscrewing the screws on the back of the desktop case. Little did I know, of the 5 that were there, only one needed unscrewing. I got the fifth, and *clunk* the PSU fell off.



    To be fair, it was pretty funny, thinking back to it, but I'm sure you can imagine how I felt at the time!

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    I should point out that this was a VERY long time ago...

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    Building my sisters PC, never plugged the power switch into the motherboard, press power, nothing happened, got VERY scared and worried, then realised what i'd forgot to do.

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    Had a setup once where there was a motherboard with onboard graphics.

    I installed a new graphics card and wondered why it wasn't working. Hadn't plugged the monitor into the graphics card

    That's actually the worst i've done which isn't too bad. Got to start somewhere though

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    Accidentally sliding the PSU selector from 230AC to 150AC and watching a purdy puf of smoke appear from my PSU


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    Ermm, prolly the daftest thing I did was regrease my CPU and clean my heatsink just before a LAN started, only me and Clingy there, sat playing IL2 for about 5 minutes suddenly my PC starts bleeping like a mawfaw (yes u can guess already cant u ) and then resets itself, as it hits the POST screen the CPU temp is 90oC!!!!

    Look in the case, no fanny spinney

    Needless to say the power cable was removed quite quickly, then in all my finite wisdom I decided to touch the heatsink as I plugged the fan in, 90oC CPU makes the heatsink pretty fappin hot I tell thee

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    many eons ago i switched an AT psu from 230 to 115 and caboom ,thought it might be why my computer wasnt working right

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    Installed a new XP2600+ into a machine, and forgot to take the protective film on the bottom of a new HSF off, and instantly fried the CPU.....

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    Has to be this (already posted in another thread):

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