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Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:53 am
by ulala
The only thing i have blown up is my C64 (seems to be a pattern on this forum!)

Again it was the expansion port at the back that was my downfall, as with so many before me. However i was not silly enough to attack it with a paperclip/ scissors for use as a soft reset switch, oh no, it was due to one of the worst design flaws ever on any machine!

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See that little metal wire next to the connector? Short circuit city!!!!!!!

What the hell was it even for?

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:09 pm
by snowkatt
probably to ground it
but im not sure

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:38 pm
by ulala
snowkatt wrote:probably to ground it
but im not sure
exactly - what needs earthing on a tape deck?

its very presence blew up my favourite machine, i still haven't replaced it 20 years later :(

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:51 pm
by speedlolita
My old one didn't have a ground wire. D:

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:25 am
by Antiriad2097
It was an earth. Touch it to the right pin on the port and you'd do a soft reset.

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:17 am
by MikeFishcake
pratty wrote:Fiddlesticks!! I've just broke my DS Lite! :(

How? I was reapplying the screen protector, which I had washed, and a rogue drop of water somehow got between the touchscreen and the screen underneath. So I took the DS Lite apart to remove it, which I did, but then I apparently damaged the delicate ribbon/ribbon connection, and the touch screen doesn't work anymore.

Arggghhhh! Why can't I just leave things alone?! :x
I feel your pain...

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:55 am
by Zagrebo
In the late '90s I was playing a game on my Amiga 1200 (Eye of the Beholder, I think) and on exiting it returned to Workbench in glorious vomit-o-vision indicating that the display had been completely messed-up. Rather than doing the sensible thing and switching the computer off (something you could do safely with the old Miggy, unlike a modern Windoze machine where you need to press the big red "permission to switch off" button via the OS and then wait about a minute for it to close all its precious applications down first) I started clicking and moving the mouse around. Suddenly, unable to see exactly what I was doing, I noticed that the hard disk was accessing in some way for a long time. I worried that I might have deleted stuff and, rather than doing the sensible thing and letting it finish first, I panicked and switched the machine off at the PSU whilst it was accessing the hard disk...

Let's just say I discovered afterwards that I had accidentally copied a folder (or "drawer" as they were on Workbench) and it had been writing to the HD when I flipped the power off. The HD never quite recovered and suffered errors which got progressively worst for the rest of the time I used the Miggy. I still have the old A1200 and its HD but now the entire partition which I managed to damage is completely bust and only the 20MB "Workbench" partition remains.

What makes the whole thing worse is that I had only owned the HD for a few months when I did this. I used the Miggy as my main computer up until the early 2000s. Nice job, Matty!

If nothing else, though, it's taught me to be a bit more blimmin' careful with delicate computer hardware, although I gather modern machines are a bit more robust than those of the 1990s.

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:44 pm
by NintendoLegend
I kicked a PC tower once. Started not working and making a funny whirring noise. Dad was not happy.

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:05 pm
by AmigaJay
Bought a flight sim for my Speccy in the mid 80's, spread over 2 cassettes, both sides it took an hour to load the whole game.....2 minutes into the game it crashed! cue mad 8-9 year old pulls big heavy tv over, crashes down on top of spectrum....waits for mad father to find out as tv to heavy to move!
Luckily it only damaged 2 buttons, one of which was the quotation marks button on the bottom left, luckily again was strangly it assigned the function to another key lol so i could still load games!

Worse was to come, after i pulled the TV onto the Spectrum, i ran out of the room and pushed the door behind me, but being 8 or 9 i pushed with my hand on the glass, with enough force when the door slammed shut my arm carried on through the glass..ouch can still feel it now! ending in a ripped arm and loads of blood everywhere....it kinda took away from the TV crashing down as my dad had to rush my to A&E to have stitches!

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:09 pm
by DigitalDuck
I fell over in the snow and landed on my laptop.

Okay, it's not as amusing or as interesting as any of your stories, but it bloody hurt, and the laptop wasn't too pleased with it either (the hard drive failed).

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:09 pm
by Sureshot
On our Mega Drive, you could tell which pad was mine and which was my brothers pretty easily, despite being exactly the same. Why? Because his had a row of teeth-marks on one of the handles where he chewed it in a fit of rage.

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:22 pm
by snowkatt
Sureshot wrote:On our Mega Drive, you could tell which pad was mine and which was my brothers pretty easily, despite being exactly the same. Why? Because his had a row of teeth-marks on one of the handles where he chewed it in a fit of rage.
rage or was he just very hungry ?

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:18 am
by Smurph
I was a very angry child, and used to have various bite marks on my MS pads :oops:

A mate once refused to believe me when I told him to stop putting the already plugged in and switched on power cord into the back of his PS1 (which was switched on too). Dolt. Inevitably, he shorted the thing. Fun fact - he bloody did it with a PS2 as well. Some people never learn.

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:11 pm
by snowkatt
i cant say i ever bit my controllers
i threw them ( and demolished 2 once during bloody roar 2 and the other with smash tennis ) but never bit them

Re: Stupidest thing you've done thats damaged a game or mach

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:19 pm
by JazzFunk
Currently finding out I've been a massive dunce when stacking games/DVDs in horizontal stacks of over 3ft high (don't have enough shelves!!!!)

Just found my PS2 Yakuza 2 beneath such a stack, the box is all crushed-in, proper convex. Thankfully, the disc is cool, just a pity I've f*cked the box/cover up.

Gravity. :evil: