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We've all done silly things. Sometimes we've done them with computers.

Who hasn't blown up a joystick by plugging it into an ancient Ethernet card? (Maybe that was just me) Which of us can put our hands on our hearts and say we wish we hadn't been wearing nylon underwear whilst upgrading memory?

Don't worry if you've done something stupid, check out these guys and share your shame in their showcase of hardware obituaries.

Some of our favourites:

Hardware: Loads!
Cause of Death:

This isn't your standard obituary. My overclocked Celeron 300a@450 was "relieved" of me from my local pawnshop after I failed to make the loan payments on it. *Sniff* I miss that damn thing. It had a Voodoo3 3000, PCI TVWonder, 10/100 LAN, 56K, ISA sound card, 96MB of PC100, etc. They stole it from me for the bargain price of $200!

Um, I have also killed a few other "overclocked" systems. One was a Super Socket 7 board that I installed the AT power connectors on backwards (black wires on the outside). Another was an old PS/2 486 I threw out my 6th floor apartment window (it pissed me off). Another was an Asus P2B-F, Celeron 300a, and RAM that fried when the cheapo power supply EXPLODED!
I am sure there is more, I just can't remember.

Hardware: Creative Labs Riva TNT
Cause of death:
Improper removal of heatsink with a screwdriver: crunch

Hardware: Packard Bell Legend 2000, 486/25sx
Cause of Death:
Cover was off the case, and the cat pissed in it. Looked like the computer got it's revenge though, electrocuted the cat. Came home to one dead PC and one dead cat.

Hardware: Samsung 2Gb hard drive
Cause for death:
I took it out of my third pc and hit it hard several times with a large hammer. ®

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