Where do computers go when they die?

Shot-MacbookThis poor chap had his macbook shot! Clicky to read the article

I’ve had a few tragedies when it comes to computer deaths. In fact i was only going to mention one but then as I thought i couldn’t figure out which one to tell so I’ll regale a few:

  1. The Flash Poof – This was the most drastic occurrence.I remember during the machine on and it was completely dead. The power supply had died completely. I went to my drawer of knerd-knacks and found an older one so i chucked it in to the machine. What I failed to do was to check the power of it. It was only a 150W PSU. The one that had just died was 600W. When i hit the power switch the whole machine flashed, whizzed popped and poofed with smoke. I crapped myself. The surge took out 4 Hard Drives, 2GB of Ram & the CPU.
  2. The iPod Fryer – a bout 2 years ago I bought a new PC case with the intention of turning my old workhorse PC in to a mega media centre. The case i bough had an inbuilt iPod dock on the front of it which was great. It was really convenient. I’m sure you can guess what happened. I cabled the thing up wrong and when i fired the thing up – it fired up the ipod – literally. A massive bubble on the front of the plastic fascia appeared and then the iPod never worked again…
  3. BSOD – I’ve had countless PC’s die with the Blue Screen Of Death. I can count at least 7 occasions I can remember where i had to do a reinstall of Windows.
  4. The Dead for no Reason Dead – My admin PC just wouldn’t power up one day. I checked everything, swapped bits to check them and every individual component worked in other machines but together: nowt – It was an old machine so stuff got salvaged and the bard & CPU got trashed.
  5. Workhorse goes Bye Beep – Most recently was the death of the main work horse. I booted it and it did some weird BIOS beeping thing. After months of trying to figure  out whats happening i eventually decided to bring the thing in to the office and donate it to our IT guy to see if he can salvage it in to a powerful office machine. We don’t need it any more but it served me well during my free-lance days.

All this makes me wonder if I have been woefully unlucky or just crap at looking after my machines.

What’s YOUR worst pooter mishap????

One response to “Where do computers go when they die?”

  1. At least some of these frying stories means you’ll be a handy man to have around post Judgement Day….who needs John Connor?!

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