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Thread: Ever had any issues with real bugs...? (Not software bugs, silly)

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    Default Ever had any issues with real bugs...? (Not software bugs, silly)

    I found a tiny dead beetle in one of my main computers before but I never experienced anything happen to the computer when it was running, no bugs causing bugs, LOL. Just now I saw a tiny fly get close to my computer that's turned on and in use with the side panel off. I didn't see if the fly actually went into the computer, but again, nothing happened. I'm typing this on the same computer. I'm curious, what can a little bug potentially do to a PC? Short circuit it? Got any funny or strange stories to share?

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    Years ago, I had a customer who'd retrieved a system that had sat for years in his attic loft. He powered it up, only to discover that it housed a nest of (what he believed) were brown recluse spiders. He was bitten several times and had to undergo lengthy and painful treatment for the venom.

    Roaches infesting computers in storage are an all-too-common occurrence. I'm still waiting for someone to discover a nest of yellowjackets in their PC. I occasionally find a dead millipede in old equipment.

    Consider yourself fortunate.

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    The term comes from the days when computers used higher voltages for logic. Bugs were a real problem, and really caused the kind of problems that we call computer bugs.

    I've had mice cause this kind of problem in more modern computers.

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    cf. the notebook of Grace Hopper.

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    When I was a field tech I saw many roach infested computers in bad parts of town and low income housing. Other than roaches the worst Id seen is industrial grease/dirt coating a computer to a pretty gross state. Or the lying customer who spilled sugary fluids into their laptop denying it.

    dead house flies, spiders, or the lone beetle are common to most computers I'd assume.

    Recently when I bought that pallet of apple II's from that poster in WI back in January.. I found many computers and monitors were infested with the carcasses of thousands of lady bugs (or lady birds as they are sometimes called)... which led to massive filth and rust. I mean thousands. From a crt monitor I pulled out a solid brick sized clump of dead ladybugs all stuck together. These were machines that hadn't been used since the mid 90's of course.

    All in all, bug cleanup (other than roaches of course) is far less disgusting than rodent infestation.

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    Never had too much trouble with bugs, but mice will just freakin' ruin anything.
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    I had a mouse next in a Dell GX240 was work once.
    I seen a few june bugs here and there and spiders too. But I mostly deal with latter 90s and early 00s systems so i don't see bugs to often.

    But I did have a disco vision player full of lady bugs. funny thing was that the ones closer to the laser had blue crust all over then. it looks like little balls of corrosion.
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    I have an old ATX tower case (with no side panel), stuffed with disks running a software RAID NAS. My cat used to sleep in it when he was smaller, but now he's too fat.

    Not really a bug thing, but I did have to vacuum the hair out of the heatsinks every now and then.
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    I heard a story of a spider that made its home in a CRT television, on the tube base board. In doing so, it managed to short the focus voltage to the cathode, destroying the tube - and itself.

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    Actually, now that I think of it, I did have to carefully chisel a disused mud-dauber nest out of the monitor housing of a PET I picked up...still haven't gotten that thing operational, but I think it's a logic-board issue rather than a CRT one.
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