We learn Something Weird every day

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Mick, May 31, 2004.

  1. Mick

    Mick Guest

    Just had a customer in wanting to book a floopy disk in for repair????
    The spring loaded dust cover sprung off. Wht do you think $55??? lol

    Even had a customer put a floopy disk into his cd rom drive.

    had 5 in the last week that forgot to remove the floopy disk from the

    2 People that failed to check if there power cord was pluged in properly??

    countless ppl asking for a parelle to use converter, and adament that there

    Any one else had thesk kind of experiences to share good for a laugh
    Mick, May 31, 2004
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  2. 4 X "Computer goes but monitor wont work"
    .... power button on monitor

    2 X "Cant hear any sounds"
    One customer - the cable was cut from the castors on the chair.
    The other SNAPPED the sound card in half inside the case trying to clean the
    dust out.

    One lady killed the motherboard with static electricity after vacuming it
    out with the little bristly end for the vacuum which is for lounges or
    something definatly not computers.

    Everytime we had a thunderstorm the next day I would sell a couple of
    So I got an old motherboard and burnt the crap out of it, mounted it on a
    display and wrote above it, "do you leave your computer on in
    Got the desired effect with regular customers and gained only new ones when
    we had a storm after that.

    One of my friends wanted to see just how good a 386 was, removed the
    motherboard (huge effort) played footy with it, kicked it, droped it,
    frisbeed it, pluged it in and it worked again - go figure
    Christopher Allan, May 31, 2004
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    Unknown Guest

    Parallel to USB converter? They DO exist! Sheesh go check out on Google and
    you'll find linke everywhere! Local computer shop has them hanging up on
    their wall.
    Unknown, May 31, 2004
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    Zoltan Pepa Guest

    Zoltan Pepa, May 31, 2004
  5. Mick

    Mick Guest

    i know the storm thing well at chrismass we has 2 weeks of heavy storms,
    replacs 45 modems for the month... but every second customer has a phone
    surge protector on???? who are they kidding
    Mick, May 31, 2004
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    Kyle Guest

    **I had a customer that plugged a USB memory card reader into a 9 pin serial
    port - she had jammed it in so hard that the USB card reader was actually
    getting power from the serial port (the card readers light was lit) -
    obviously it wasnt working!

    **Countless customers trying to burn CD's without a CD burner.

    **Customers who deleted the "Outlook Express" folder from Application Data
    because "it was taking too long for the virus scan to check this folder" -
    and then wonder why there email has dissapeared?!?!

    **Customers who don't back up any files, and then are shell-shocked when
    told there data has been lost due to their drive crashing.

    **Customers who say "but it was working ok last week!" Well my grandma was
    alive last week - doesnt mean she is this week!
    Kyle, May 31, 2004
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    Ernest Guest

    No names - no pack drill.

    An international organisation that I have plenty
    of regular dealings with ahve recently rolled out
    hundreds of special deal Compaq and Dell computers.
    the Compaqs have been set up with all the software
    for one of the two main corpoate uses and the
    Dells set up for the other, thus just knowing the
    brand tells them which corporate system you are
    using (very smart idea if you ask me, elimiantes
    many end user stuff ups).

    Anyway both systems come direct from the relevant
    manufacturer's fully set up and ready to just plug
    in turn on and enter the initiating password to run
    the user setup program. The manufacturer's have
    the software and are contracted to preload it.

    Right get the picture, Compaq and Dell send these
    PCs direct to the end users FULLY configured and
    all the user does is turn it on and use it, they have
    standard Compaq/Dell set ups with extra corporate
    software. No post delivery additions or changes are
    permitted, systems MUST stay as they are.

    What I can not fathom is why every single blessed
    one is shipped with a fully loaded, configured and
    finctional copy of a top line CD Burner software and
    NOT a single omputer has a CD burner installed and
    the manufacturer's website has the same models
    advertised as being a standard configyration without
    a burner and that you have to pay extra to get a
    burner and software installed. I think the makers
    are playing mind games with the end users, so many
    see the burner software and then complain because
    the burner does not work. I have a lot of trouble
    explaining that'despite the software' there is NO
    burner installed on the machines.

    Deadly Ernest


    (my new keyboard, with small keys,
    accepts full responsibility for all
    typographical and spelling errors)
    Ernest, May 31, 2004
  8. "Unknown" :
    I want one of those!!!

    But there aren't any.

    What you have seen is a USB (computer side) to parallel-centronics (on
    printer side)

    That is a USB printer support adapter
    It is not a parallel to USB adapter
    It is not even a USB to parallel adapter!

    FYI :)
    Cristian Croitoru, May 31, 2004
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    Unknown Guest

    Yes there are! You just havent bothered looking have you? Try this just for

    Nope, wrong. Check the above link.
    FYI, suggest you use a "search engine". There's a place called "Google" that
    can help! :)
    Unknown, May 31, 2004
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    pedro Guest

    LOL! to all that. Thanks for the laugh. :)

    All I can offer- A friend wanted to upgrade his hard drive from 20 gig
    to 40 gig so the computer would go twice as fast!
    pedro, May 31, 2004
  11. "Unknown" <:
    Hmm.. it says:
    "USB to Parallel Converter Cable"
    I though maybe I am wrong but..
    it also says: Connect to most printers

    !!! what does that mean?
    As I said: the typical of the shelf device
    USB on computer side..
    Centronics on peripheral size
    It is just a device to allow you to print if you don't have printer port on
    your computer
    This is NOT a parallel to USB but a USB to printer
    It is not even a USB to parallel port!

    Please re-read my post

    PS I do have one of those
    Cristian Croitoru, May 31, 2004
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    SG1 Guest

    Rather old 486DX2-66. Monitor stays black. Sent with friend for me to check
    out. It was all there still hooked up but without keyboard. Switched on
    booted and monitor worked, all without the keyboard, I was expecting
    "keyboard error press F1 to continue" This is the first time I have had one
    of these boot without the KB. Sent it back as working????
    SG1, May 31, 2004
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    Unknown Guest

    Re-read mine. You CAN get usb to parallel where USB is on the computer side
    or the other side. Go Googling and you will find them!
    Unknown, Jun 1, 2004
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    Unknown Guest

    A woman rings me to come out saying she has a keyboard error and has tried 3
    different keyboards so I get my test keyboard out that has both plugs
    available on it and walk in to test. She says, as she leads me to the
    computer, that she has been to TAFE, knows how to set up a computer etc but
    this wont work and she wants to send it back because it doesn't work even
    though she got it second hand. So, before I plug my keyboard in, I look at
    the back. The old keyboard hole there, nothing in it. Keyboard lead goes
    down to NIC and is shoved onto that. WTF? I take it off that, put it in the
    keyboard hole, turn it on and all works. I just said "Works now", got my
    money and left. She was one of those "I know it all so don't explain it"
    types so I wasn't about to make her feel like a twit! Safer to go play with
    raging bulls!!
    Unknown, Jun 1, 2004
  15. "Unknown" :
    OK Peace be with you..
    Cristian Croitoru, Jun 1, 2004
  16. Probably had one, but just not connected properly with both power and
    phone line going through it, or had some other connected device's power
    line bypassing it.

    Noel Bachelor noelbachelorAT(From:_domain)
    Noel Bachelor, Jun 3, 2004
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    AlexT Guest

    Approx 35,000 brief calls consisting of...

    "My password wont work and now my account is locked out"

    "I'll unlock it for you, do you have caps lock on"

    "Ahh Oops, now it works"

    One bloke rang and said that whenever he tries to add any website to his
    IE Favourites list, then clicks on it, it takes him to the same page.
    So I tried to take him through the process of adding a favourite, over
    the phone. "Go to the webpage you want to add to your favourites, click
    on 'Favourites' at the top of the IE window, then select 'Add to
    favourites' then click 'OK'. Now click the favourites button again, and
    select the webpage you've just added. Is it working now?" says I. "No,
    it's still taking me to the same page." was the response. So I head out
    there at the rate of $110 an hour for onsite tech support. Despite me
    taking this bloke through how to add a favourite on the phone, he had
    not done it the way I'd said. Even while I was there and telling him
    how to do it, he kept doing the same thing wrong. That is... he'd open
    up Internet Explorer, which would bring up his home page. He'd then
    click on 'add to favourites', and in the dialogue box that pops up, he
    was typing in the web address he wanted to bookmark in "Name". As a
    result, he kept bookmarking his homepage with different names. It
    wasn't until I said "STOP, do exactly as I tell you and nothing else",
    before he payed attention to what I was telling him. I don't think he
    appreciated someone half his age being blunt like that... but it worked.

    Sometimes I feel sorry for these people... only sometimes.
    AlexT, Jun 3, 2004
  18. Mick

    Mick Guest

    I wonder how many people are reading this thread and saying "Hay thats
    about me"
    Mick, Jun 3, 2004
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    Unknown Guest

    Ask any electrician - those things are not worth the effort when it comes to
    lightning. Without proper grounding, they wont have a chance of stopping any
    lightning surge and in any case, lightning being unpredictable, even good
    "lightning arrestors" can be overwhelmed. The only SAFE way to be 100% sure
    is have the computer unplugged when you aren't using it. So EASY to do that
    with phone and power, too.
    Unknown, Jun 3, 2004
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    rello Guest

    cant resist 3 more

    what about the client who was in habit of using a coaster on the cd
    tray to hold a cup of coffee and asked me if there was a way of
    protecting the computer [modem she calls it] insides from spilt coffee

    the client who called me out to fix her new printer because the new
    ink thingy wouldnt work.....had she called canon support? yes and they
    were very unhelpful.....i cautioned her that if i fix it in 5 minutes
    the normal callout fee would apply....she said i will pay whatever is
    necessary can you please come quickly i have some recipes that must be
    printed immediately....sure enough i walked in and in the 1st 10
    seconds reversed the cartrdge printed a test page and then proceeded
    to write up the invoice.........she stood there in dumb amazement and
    had the gall to say no wonder you computer people are so rich.....i
    smiled pleasantly and said thanks for the call and left.....

    i stopped giving advice over the phone by simply saying
    "if you do the wrong thing and something doesnt work any more i will
    get the blame"
    and then suggest
    "if you dont care to read the documentation that came with the device
    or use the help file, will you agree to paying the bill for my time"

    they quickly dissappear

    btw what is a floopy??

    rello, Jun 4, 2004
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