I used to work for a blue shirted electronic store as a PC Technician. Now I could go on for days about how many stupid people buy computers without knowing what they want or what they are getting but I'll narrow it down to one.
This story involves memory, DIMM' to be more exact. Now anyone that is familiar with memory knows the DIMM slot are 168-pin and have they own designated memory slots on the motherboard. Well this "DO-It-Yourself" customer brings in his system and plops it down on our bench saying that our memory made his computer not work.
First I'm thinking, um we only sell it not make it but whatever. I tell him taht since he installed it himself we will have to charge him for taking a look at it and installing the memory if he so chooses. He agrees, paperwork is filled out, I hook it up to the test station adn sure enough no power comes from the system. He leaves adn I set it to the side to work on systems that were before his.
When I do get to it the first thing I do is open the case and look inside. What I saw I have never , ever, evre seen before nor have I seen anything like this ever again. He was using a 586-based Processor with of course, a 586-based motherboard. Now he didn't have any DIMM slots on this board only SIMM slots. OK oncemore, SIMM slots=72pin DIMM slots=168-pin. So which one do you think this guy bought and tried to install? Right, the DIMM but where did he install it you ask? Well if you know anythign about motherboards, you will remember that the 586-based boards had ISA slots on them. Now I have never thought about attempting this myself but leave it to a "Know-It-All" customer to try it. He installed the DIMM memory INTO THE ISA SLOT!!!!! I didn't say he tried to install it, he actually got it in there!! I think I luaghed for a solid 20 minutes. I called everyone in the store that knew anythign about computers and had them look.
By the way, he fried both the memory and the motherboard, I didn't charge him a cent for the laugh and I took pictures of the memory int eh slot. so if anyone would like to view it email me email@example.com
and I will gladly send you a copy.