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What gross things have you found during PC cleanup

By CagedMonkey ·
OK, I know all of you out there have at one time or another found something repulsive when cleaning up a PC. What I want to know is what items have you found in/on a PC when a user complained something did not work.

Recently I was called to a users desk because they claimed the keyboard was not operating correctly. Many of the keys were sticking or just not working.

Well, I got to the user's desk and picked up the keyboard, turned it over to see what might shake loose. Lo-and-behold. Hundreds of fingernail clippings dropped out and deposited themselves onto the desk. I just left the pile there and asked them to clean it up. I was not about to touch any of it.

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by Cactus Pete In reply to Mummy

Don't rot. They are too small without enough in them to start rotting. But they should still raise a stink for a while...

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Mice Stink all right

by stargazerr In reply to Mice

I come from India .. and mice in homes are a common problem ... In the rare event that one of them dies ... they stink horribly ...

I am guessing this person walked around with his nose clamped shut ...


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by kohat In reply to Mice Stink all right

A user phone me about a printer that would not work, paper jam light was on. Got there and there was a slight stench, someone might have cracked one. Opened the printer removed the toner cartridge, closed it again and asked for a bag. Took it to the repair centre and told them that it?s not working and there might be a bug dead inside as it smells. They did not believe me so they opened the plastic bag and removed the toner cartridge mentioned that it smelled a bit as he peered into the printer he saw Mr. Mouse. He got his tail stuck in one of the rollers and he never saw the light of day.

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I beg to differ...

by Cheesel In reply to Mice

They DO rot. So do dwarf hamsters,which are as small as, or smaller than mice.

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So you

by Dr Dij In reply to Mice

had to replace the mice?

I suppose it would be a cordless mouse without a tail.

I had more of the food thing. I worked for an architect and they loved to eat lunch at their desk also. Back when sun station kbs were expensive, so off came the keycaps to clean, full of crumbs.

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Gross PC

by williamrcastillo In reply to So you

I had a PC that was in some exchange students apartment. I guess they cook with a lot of oil (chineese food) and the PC was very close to the kitchen. Everything the keyboard mouse and cse where cover with what at first just looked like dust. Turns out it was a combination of all the oil and dust that was so think I could not be reomved. The iside of the case was caked even worse than the out side. I guess the fan pulled all the gunk in. I threw it all away.

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Vegetable Matter

by rush2112 In reply to Gross PC

I have cleaned keys from an IBM laptop.
Luckily the keys were removable.

The Veternarian stated that they keys were sticking and had "VEGETABLE MATTER" on them.

What it amounted to, was that he had been doctoring-up some cows and the cow had released or rather produced some vegetable matter which got onto the keyboard and the rest of the laptop rendering it useless for typing.

This particular laptop came in SEVERAL times to the shop for "CLEANING" because someone had sold a maintenance agreement on it and they were due a CLEANING every so often.

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Mouse cause one to burn out

by jdclyde In reply to Mice

My buds computer just died out of the blue, so I went over to look at it.

Popping off the cover, I asked him if anything had been spilled on the system, or if it had been by an open window during a storm because you could see where the board had been wet, and the contacts were all corroded up. He said no.

Looking closer, I found mouse "droppings".

On of the slots had been left uncovered, so the mice were using this as a nice warm house.

We threw the computer away.

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That might choke a maggot on a gut wagon!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Mouse cause one to burn o ...
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Mice, part 2

by Too Old For IT In reply to Mice

Back in the days of the DIN keyboard connection, the owner of a company I used to work for prided himself in delivering servers without keyboard or video card, relying on a TVI 950 serial terminal.

Whole families of mice would use them as a nice heated condo. Plenty of room between the hole in the case and the DIN connection on the motherboard.

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