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    Just a bit of fun.....Ever found anything unusual in PC Hardware???

    Was moving a HP Proliant floorstanding server this week. Settled it down to its new location, opened the front panel of which swings out on a hinge and dived for cover as a huge, dust covered queen bumble bee came buzzing out clearly not amused! Thankfully no sign of the rest of her clan though.

    Any other welcome or not so welcome finds?

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    once found a lone mouse in a server cab...can only assume it was there for the warmth

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    One of our engineers left his sandwich in a customers BBC Micro!

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    I found orange peel, pith and pips in one of our colour laser printers [ sixth form!]

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    Quote Originally Posted by t4ll1f3r View Post
    One of our engineers left his sandwich in a customers BBC Micro!
    Found one in a PC at my first job. The kids had punched in the blanking plates deposited the item and put the plates back. Lovely!

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    Found a live gecko ones

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    Found a muffin in the back of a PC... the cases were relatively easy to open; we have since added padlocks.

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    I've found the usual dead spiders (never a good sign when even the spiders have died inside a piece of hardware!)

    Although I did once find a pair of pliers inside a PC!
    The previous engineer had repaired the PC and left his pliers inside the case... I'm just thankful he's an engineer and not a surgeon lol.

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    This is really unusual but I once came to diagnose a problem with a PC and found that it was due to a long hair trapped between the RAM and the slot.

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    In schools, I've pulled pencils out of CD drives quite regularly. Recently I pulled a green sandwich (nice!) from a PC - I think it had been there a long time. It came complete with an empty pop bottle, which is probably better than a can. Back in my big iron days, I visited a site that had an ants nest in one of the disk drives. (They look a bit like this http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/25/Bletchley/100_1750.jpg) This wouldn't have been too bad, except one of the little buggers decided to go for a walk across the disk platters and it completely wrecked it.

    The strangest support call I ever took went like this, which was at 8:30am.
    Me: "Good morning, xxxx company".
    Client: "Hello, it's Paul yyyy here, we've got a bir of a problem with our machine."
    Me: "OK, what's happening".
    Client: "It's covered in cement".
    Me: "Ha, ha, come on pull the other one".
    Client; "No, it REALLY is covered in cement".
    Me: "Well what am I supposed to do, bring a jack hammer?".
    Client: "We just need you to be here, when the insurance company arrives".

    What happened was, builders were pumping concrete at the building site next door to our client's offices. Back then (15 years ago) 'elf & safety was just about non-existent and most of these concrete pumping company's ran on a shoe string budget and maintenance was poor. Something clogged one of the hoses, which exploded and the liquid cement took out the windows of our clients office. Luckily there was nobody in the building as it was early morning.

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    lolcat infestation

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    Not found anything overly interesting but when I was working as a Repair Engineer for a laptop company, I had several jobs to fix under 'warranty'.

    The main cuplrits were teachers claiming that their laptops had just stopped working - cause of issue on one of them was surprising, a glass of red wine had been spilt over the keyboard, you can imagine the smell after a couple of days in transit!!

    another one included a maths teacher who was claiming that his laptop was over heating and was actually melting the keyboard, he was very concerned and wanted a replacement machine. Problem was very clear to see upon opening the said laptop - strange how the melted keys were in the shape of an Iron!! me thinks his wife was uphappy with him!!

    but generally normal cat hairs and dust bunnies inside PC's :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by superatticman View Post
    Was moving a HP Proliant floorstanding server this week. Settled it down to its new location, opened the front panel of which swings out on a hinge and dived for cover as a huge, dust covered queen bumble bee came buzzing out clearly not amused! Thankfully no sign of the rest of her clan though.
    Covered in dust ? haha did it get away ?

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    I've had one or two interesting discoveries in PC's

    Alongside the half eaten food items, general rubbish pens and pencils, we've also found condom's (thankfully not used) and in one printer we have had a mouse making itself a nest.

    Recently I was in reprographics when all of a sudden we heard a mobile phone start ringing....we looked all round for it and couldn't find it anywhere. Turned out it was buried in one of the Photocopiers and the engineer who'd just left site having repaired said photocopier had accidentally left it inside.

    My favourite though is where one of our Science Teachers found a snake sat in the science room printer...apparently he screamed a very high pitched scream and ran :-)

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