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Worst/Weirdest Repair on a PC or Laptop

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What has been your worst or weirdest repair on a PC or Laptop? Maybe even the stupidest possible cluster-eff of a mishap you've had to repair?

 

 

Up until 2 weeks ago, my top runners were a Laptop that someone decided to SIT on and break the screen (easy fix), a laptop that a genius dumped an entire cup of coffee into (not a chance... it was shot) and a tower that took the quick way down the stairs (case busted to hell, but it powered up)

 

 

The recent one was a coworker whose cat decided to pee on her laptop  :rofl:   Was the cat trying to tell her something? Unfortunately I didn't have the time to bother with it, nor did I want to.....lol

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So so many over the years.  

 

Here's an album of a few that I took time to take pics of https://photos.app.goo.gl/On5X6X5oLJSxtClx2

 

It's got fun things like heatsinks that fell off the chipset, capacitors that are beyond gone, HDDs held in by paperclips, 4 pin power connectors that are burnt for some reason, a laptop with a cracked and chipped southbridge, laptop with who knows what spilled that went ALL the way through, a few dusty ones a PC that I mounted an external PSU while one that would fit the SFF case was on order and the one that was my fault.  There's a pic of my 7900GT where I had an oops removing the heatsinks from the memory where it was water cooled.

 

Many broken screens with occurrences like leaving a pen in the laptop and closing it, leaving the laptop on top of the car and driving off, many many cats knocking off computers breaking them, and a few dogs doing the damage too.  

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There was one case I opened up that had an inch and a half of dust build up over part of the insides. Except it wasn't all dust, but cigarette ash residue. You could smell the PC from 10' away despite it not even running.

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There was one case I opened up that had an inch and a half of dust build up over part of the insides. Except it wasn't all dust, but cigarette ash residue. You could smell the PC from 10' away despite it not even running.

 

That's nasty.......  maybe even worse than the pet pee examples.

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There was a thread kind of like this years back and someone posted a picture of a case that had a dead mouse in it and another that was full of these weird looking bugs.

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Well, this certainly may not be the weirdest, but I am definitely proud of what I've accomplished.

 

Here is the French AZERTY keyboard in my wife's laptop. She absolutely hates it, so I purchased a QWERTY model online to swap in.

 

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All went well during the swap, but I forgot to account for one huge issue. I purchased an ANSI QWERTY and the bezel on the laptop is for an ISO keyboard. I did what any sane, level-headed being would do and busted out some files, clippers, and got to work.

 

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Making some pretty good progress...

 

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Finished product. Looks nearly OEM to me. Wife is happy, and I didn't have to purchase another keyboard so I'm happy as well.

 

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