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#1 joggiwagga

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 12:13 PM

What's the best/worst/most amusing computer questions you've been asked?

Inspired by todays of:
"What does updating mean?"

(I've had better, but ones like that I'll admit always through me for a loop since the meaning of the word really is my answer."

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 12:48 PM

Did you plug it in. Unfortunatly, this is both the worst and the best question out there, ive even been caught with it myself a few times. WHY WONT THIS BLEEPING THING TURN ON. Did you plug it in? um no. that would explain it. Ive done that more then once, always makes me feel stupid. lol.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 12:54 PM

I've gotten asked where to right-click and what that will do in different situations. have you ever heard of finding out for yourself? That's what I tell people.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 12:59 PM

Did you plug it in. Unfortunatly, this is both the worst and the best question out there, ive even been caught with it myself a few times. WHY WONT THIS BLEEPING THING TURN ON. Did you plug it in? um no. that would explain it. Ive done that more then once, always makes me feel stupid. lol.


I particularly love when I make a mistake along those lines with a disconnected peripheral!

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 01:10 PM

Computer Stupidities
Trust me, I have dealt with almost every one of these personally!

A couple of my all time favorites that I have personally done is a customer INSISTING that our systems were junk as they wold not send a fax. He was holding the paper that he wanted to fax up do the monitor & it didnt work!
Go figure!

Or, my all time favorite that I have done many times
Customer calls reporting that their cup holder is broken.
They were using their cdrom tray as a cup holder!
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 02:38 PM

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it seemed to do the trick as im no longer seeing any abnormal activities, search redirects, or pop-ups...should i continue with the rest of the fixes? or will it affect my cracks, keygens, or virtual optical drives? advises plase?
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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:00 PM

or will it affect my cracks, keygens, or virtual optical drives? advises plase?



I have seen some of the logs that plainly show those things....and more.

Just leaves me scratching my head.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:55 PM

I remember helping someone via phone and telling them to make sure there were no windows open, and so they got up and closed their windows. I got a kick out of that one. :lol:

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 05:20 PM

Ive heard that one before!

I like to show people how to use the tools I give them to keep their systems clean like Avast,Malwarebytes etc.
So I tell them to run them every few weeks or so and that it can take a while to do the scans.

Them: Can I run this overnight?
Me: Sure. Do you leave your system on overnight?
Them: No. Why? Wont they run when the system is off?


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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:03 PM

What's wrong with Virtual Optical drives? I have one on my laptop here (if it'd only work), through the program UltraIso, a program used to view and work with ISO images.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:05 PM

Years ago I had a friend who used to tell me to reboot the system. My comment was "you really don't know how to fix this, do you"......most of the time he was right on.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:25 PM

What's wrong with Virtual Optical drives?



Basically absolutely nothing.

It is what they can be used for that put`s them in question. Example; Many games require that you have the game disk in the optical drive in order to play it. With a Virtual drive, all you need is an image of the game mounted in order to play.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:26 PM

Yeah, but doesn't mounting the ISO image amount to the same thing?

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:32 PM

If you are the owner of the game then it is probably legal.

If you have copied your game and given it to a friend(s) then it is illegal, piracy.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 07:59 AM

I'm turning the table a bit, and letting you know questions I have asked others.

In late 2000, we bought a laptop from a friend. At that time I was new to computers.

My 18 year old genius son was asked by me:

"How do I open this?"

Once I got it open:

"How do I turn it on?"

Both questions resulted in a Mom you are sooo dumb look.

Fast forward to 2003. By this time, we had a custom built desktop. My computer knowledge had grown by leaps and bounds.

One day, I was having serious issues with the desktop. I opened the case, checked all the connections, they were fine.

I unhooked everything from the tower. Can't recall why I did this. Hook it all back up.

Picked up the phone, called my computer guru, who told me it could be the CMOS battery. "It has a battery???!!!"

I remove the battery, go to Radio Shack, purchase new one, get home and put in new battery. Turn on the computer, NOTHING shows on the monitor.

Call my guru in a panic.

"Did you hook the monitor back up?"

"Of course I did."

"Check to make sure."

OOPS, guess what I forgot to do? Hooked it up, and bingo, computer working again.




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