7 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Computer


Do you WANT to completely ruin your computer? Well of course not, which is why I’m going
to tell you the best ways to do just that, so you can avoid it. So in this video I’ve got 7 dumb mistakes
that could potentially destroy your computer hardware-wise permanently, or at the very
least your current OS installation. Of course we get started don’t forget to
check out my amazing Instagram account where I post world class tech memes from the highest
quality sources. I mean you’ll probably die of laughter if
you go on there. So follow over there just @ThioJoe on Instagram. And be sure to subscribe to this channel right
here too, because I usually post new videos about twice a week, and the YouTube algorithm
might not recommend it if you’re not subscribed. But anyway, let’s get started. So first up, one of the sure fire ways to
damage your computer is improperly overclocking your CPU. Usually you want to slowly increase the clock
speeds and voltages by small amounts, then stress testing the computer for stability. But if you go to far and just bump up the
voltage way too high, you could immediately fry your CPU. If you want to overclock your processor, unless
you really know what you’re doing, the best thing you can probably do is find an overclocking
guide for your specific CPU made by someone else who already did most of the testing for
you, and then don’t stray too far from their results. For example back when I built my PC I had
an Intel 5960X CPU, on a Rampage motherboard from ASUS ROG. And ROG is the brand from ASUS and they actually
released a guide specifically for my CPU on how to overclock it and their guide showed
what you could expect from a good result, an average result, a fair result, so I was
literally able to just look on there, and say “ok well I’ll try the average result”
put it at that clock, and that voltage. And it seemed to work out, so you might not
get something as well clear cut as that, but that’s what you can hopefully look for. And then you at least have a place to start. Now one interesting thing to know if you’re
worried about overclocking, is that Intel actually offers a kind of insurance called
the “performance tuning protection plan” in case the CPU fails because of overclocking,
which might be worth looking in to see if it’s worth it. I don’t think AMD offers anything like this
for their CPUs though. But Intel at least if you do have one of their
CPUs, and you’re worried about frying it, this could potentially offer some protection
against that. And it’s really not even that expensive, it’s
like 20 or 30 dollars I think per CPU, and it covers it for a couple years. Just be sure to read the fine print and know
exactly what’s covered. I believe bent pins would probably not be
covered, it’s only things resulting from overclocking. Alright the next thing that can damage your
computer is having poor ventilation and cooling in your PC case. If you bought a pre-built system it’s probably
ok from the manufacturer, unless there’s a ton of dust buildup over the years or something. But if you have a custom built computer, obviously
you need to make sure your components are properly cooled, even if you’re not overclocking. Basically this means if you are overclocking
the computer at all, you will want a heat sink better than the stock one, and make sure
you have at least one intake and exhaust fan for air circulation. This is something that won’t cause your
computer to burst into flames, or fry components the minute you turn it on because one of the
fans is running slow. The CPU and graphics cards will throttle themselves,
but over time their lifespan will be reduced, including that of other components like hard
drives. Of course this isn’t something that needs
to be super finely controlled, as long as you have reasonable circulation, it’s very
unlikely that your computer will die, it’s more just increasing the risk over time with
increased temperatures. Ok mistake number 3 is not using an uninterruptable
power supply (or UPS) or at the very least, a surge protector. This one is pretty self explanatory but really
important. Power surges can easily destroy a computer,
and while they might be rare, why take the chance, surge protectors are really not that
expensive. Even better, is getting an uninterruptable
power supply, a UPS. This is basically a battery backup unit for
a desktop computer that will keep your computer running for a short time if the power goes
out or becomes unstable. These aren’t meant to keep the computer
running for hours, usually just a couple minutes depending on how much power your computer
draws, it may only do like less than a minute, maybe a couple minutes, so you have just enough
time to save your work and shut down properly. They aren’t too expensive either, you can
get a decent smaller one from APC is one of the manufacturers, for under $100, or you
can really go crazy on bigger ones. It’s definitely worth the price and peace
of mind I think, it’s saved me several times where the power has one out, and then really
all it takes is less than 30 seconds like I said, to just say “ok power’s out, time
to turn off the computer”, shut down, and then nothing’s going to get corrupted, or
you’re not going to lose any data. You can do it really quick. Up next, one thing you obviously should never
do is any delete system files. Most of the time the operating system will
make it impossible to delete anything critically important unless you really go out of your
way to do it on purpose. But I have experimented in the past to see
what happens if you delete some critical files just for fun, and no surprise, it immediately
kills Windows, and makes it so you will have to reinstall it completely. And by the way, if you want to check out that
video of me deleting the infamous system32 folder, I’ll have that link pop out at the
top and at the end too. The somewhat good news is that even if you
somehow, for whatever reason, delete system files on your computer and ruin the OS installation,
it’s not like the computer is physically ruined. Your files are still on the hard drive, and
you can always reinstall Windows, it would just be a real pain, and should obviously
be avoided at all cost. Ok onto number 5, this is something that actually
sometimes happens and it’s not even our fault, which is restarting or cutting power
to the computer, or any other device really, while it’s updating. You’ve surely seen during literally any
update ever, the computer will say something like “do not restart while updating”,
and maybe wondered what would actually happen if you actually did that. Well it turns out, in most cases it’s probably
not the end of the world, and Windows at least will be able to roll things back and just
tell you something like “Windows could not finish installing updates.” Microsoft and other companies surely know
there are occasional situations where the power might go out during an update, or an
update might encounter and error, and likely has put a lot of time into making sure stuff
like that doesn’t brick your computer. Of course you still need to always avoid doing
it, because it is still very possible to corrupt certain files in a way that isn’t recoverable,
and again you’d have to reinstall. But also, there are some situations, like
when updating the motherboard BIOS, where it is absolutely imperative that you don’t
interrupt it, because then you could literally brick the motherboard, and then you really
are screwed. Alright moving on, one thing to definitely
avoid is shaking your hard drive while it’s running. This really just applies to laptops, and is
also something you don’t need to worry about with SSDs. But it should be obvious why shaking a delicate
piece of hardware spinning at 7200 RPM might be a BIT RISKY. Now most modern drives do have the ability
to detect vibrations and will actually lock themselves down to try and prevent damage,
so they probably aren’t as sensitive as you might think, but it’s still important
to avoid it because you don’t know what kind of long term issues it might cause. And if it is extreme enough in the right direction,
it might cause a platter to scrape against the case of the hard drive for example. This is another experiment I did myself in
a video where I literally put a hard drive on a laboratory vortexer to shake it violently
while it was running, and actually it didn’t kill it, but it did freeze up every time it
was shaking, probably because of the drive’s protection features. Still, doing this regularly would definitely
damage it, and I wouldn’t dare use this particular drive I used for the experiment
after putting it through that. Alright we’re on to the final mistake you
should seriously avoid, but afterwards we can mention some other ridiculous ways to
ruin your computer just for fun. So number 7 is something I am actually guilty
of, which is messing around with the components inside of your computer while it’s running. You can risk things like accidentally shorting
things out, hitting fan blades, and god knows what else. And my personal story with this is really
embarrassing but funny. So one day I was adding a new fan controller
inside my computer, and for some reason the fans attached to the water cooler unit weren’t
running. It was one of those all-in-one units with
the radiator and some plugs to power the fans. Now me thinking I was so smart, decided to
get out my multimeter and use it to test if there was actually any voltage being applied
to the fan pins, to tell whether the fan itself was dead, or if they just weren’t being
powered. So I go and touch the multimeter probes to
the pins on the water cooler unit while the computer is running, and I immediately hear
a POP and the computer just shuts down instantly. And I clearly shorted something out. My initial reaction was basically to just
stare at it, and I literally thought I just fried the whole thing and would need to build
a new PC, it was a mess. So I press the power button and everything
actually turns on… except the water cooler was clearly dead, it’s light wasn’t on
and the pump wasn’t running. So I ended up having to replace it the water
cooling unit, which was like $150 not cheap, but fortunately, nothing else was shorted
out, but it could have been a lot worse. So learn from my mistake and don’t go messing
around with the inside of your computer while it’s running, it’s not worth it. Alright so those are some things you realistically
need to avoid so your computer stays un-destroyed. But what fun is that? In fact there are plenty of ways people have
actually come up with to actually try and destroy their computers for pure entertainment
value. One example is the infamous “ether-killer”
device, where someone literally took an AC power cable and spliced it directly to an
ethernet cable. I’m not sure if this has actually ever been
tested beyond being a meme, but it would at the very least destroy the network card or
motherboard it was plugged into. Now I mentioned you need to keep your computer
free of dust for adequate cooling, but one way to NOT do that is to wash your motherboard
with soap and water. This has also been a meme for a while and
even I made a video of my own about this, but needless to say, liquid and computer components
do not mix. In fact one thing I could have added to the
main list was to avoid spilling liquid on your laptop keyboard, because even if you
dry it out, it might cause long term corrosion damage that might not be immediately apparently. And definitely don’t do what I did and pour
an entire quart of motor oil into your PC, unless you really want to I guess, I’m not
your parents you can do what you want. But regardless, now after this video you should
be statistically less likely to ruin your computer, congratulations! Again be sure to subscribe because I make
multiple videos a week, and if you want to watch that video of me deleting System32 in
Windows, I’ll put that link right here. So thanks so much for watching, and I’ll
see you in the next one.

100 comments

  • Also be careful, smashing your computer with two hammers will damage your computer!
    (This has been a funney haha ThioJoke)

  • I appreciate your work for making these videos! Thanks!

  • At the beggining.
    YES SIR!!!

  • 4:40 actually only some files. I deleted like 200 files all .sys or .dll or .bin and it actually helped my computer. Of course I tested with vb before applying it to my real OS.

  • 5:32 just use a virtual bootable hard drive as your primary OS. All software fixed

  • Explain why I upgraded and now my gmail has ads inside it. This totally sucks!

  • My fan is on 50% of the time. Task Manager looks ok. I'll take a look inside…probably lots of dust.

  • Time for some tech revenge. Holds mouse over system 32 folder

  • Or if you are using a Raspberry Pi, like I am, enter a shutdown command. Don't pull the plug instantly, otherwise the SD card gets corrupted.

  • Ah, APC. I used to request a catalog from them back in the mid-90s.

  • We bought a ups .then after several months the ups just blow up the PC's power supply by just turning it on

  • I think there are special usb devices out there that when you plug it into a machine it will short and damage the usb port.

  • Don`t forget about the cat jumping up on the desk and flopping over on the key board expecting to get rubbed.

  • ABSOLUTELY LOVED "How to change your computer's oil"!!! I'm still laughing, uncontrollably! Thank you for posting!

  • Paddywagonexpress

    I've been looking for something like an uninterruptible power supply for ages nut didn't know what I've been looking for. Thank you; it's great not to be feeling around in the dark.

  • You should sell computers

  • Or.. don’t use windows.

  • Well thank goodness I don't have to worry about the windows specific stuff because I use Linux.

    I'm gonna run sudo rm -rf /* real quick to clean up my storage.

  • The dumbest mistake

    installing Google Chrome

  • Scientific Humanist

    I am surprised you didn’t mention doing a hard power ‘off’ which may corrupt files being written.

  • Has anyone noticed that ThioJoe
    looks like Keanu Reeves

  • Is there a laptop for under $200 that won’t be wasting your money

  • I always destroy windows on my laptop by accident cause I install RANDOM PROGRAMS LOOOOL

  • Hey theo !! Glad to have you back !! 🤩
    Can you make a vedio on " how can i know that my operating system (win 10) is not corrupted and is working flawless"

  • Bro..I hve to tel yu. Downloud RAm + 12 bro

  • Christian Kjær Meltesen

    8th mistake: deleting system32- oh wait… that was one of the mistakes

  • You can your uefi bios by going to device manager and uninstalling device firmware but I think some manufacturers allow you to reflash your uefi bios after doing this

  • you're so…. woooooo! Thank you for all

  • I do not wish to join Instagram so would you please give all your advice on YouTube. Thanks, best wishes

  • Am I the only one who thinks that Thio looks kinda like Jesse Eisenberg?

  • I am surprised that spilling coffee on your laptop isn't higher up the list. In my experience this is probably the most common for of death by user in practise.

  • Not going to lie I believed PCs needed to change their oil for a long time.. lol

  • Hello to all the fools

    Read more

  • Those clips you used are hilarious!

  • In an attempt to overclock, why would anyone RAISE the CPU voltage? It's common knowledge that faster speed and/or higher voltage generates more heat which leads to instability. So if we plan to raise the speed, we might consider lowering the voltage, but by no means would we raise it. Ever.

  • I wonder if I put my laptop on the ground and drive with my car on top of it if it will be damaged, HMMMMMMM

  • I destroyed a HDD by hitting my desk on which was my PC. I did not touch the PC, but the vibration I created by hitting the desk managed to destroy the HDD, haha

  • 0:39 I paid for my Alienware 18 to be overclocked, and in the end up I had to disable the overclocking feature in the BIOS to stop the CPU overheating. Yes, you read it right: I actually paid a lot of money for Dell to potentially damage my CPU. Reapplying thermal paste helped a bit but the CPU still kept overheating and forcing the computer to shut down, just less often.
    5:39 Closest Windows 10 gets to using an expletive.
    9:43 You can build a PC with all its components immersed in mineral oil, looks pretty cool. I'll even try a link about this and see if YouTube GB allows it. No, the arseholes won't – stupid to think otherwise, I suppose. 🙁

  • What about cheaping out on the Power Supply Unit?

  • I wouldn't keep hamsters in your computer either. But that is just me.

  • My favorite was people that got home from the bar changed their password while drunk and couldn't remember it the next morning

  • Hey I produce videos regards new technology which you never knew. Come now sure I'll follow back

  • I have questions on what is the difference between cracked windows and paid one.

    Could please make the video or can you answer for this.

  • Or…not having proper lighting when connecting cables…"oh I know where it all is"…use an LED flashlight even in a lighted room

  • Its Me Naica Michelle

    Hi❤

  • Power outage issues seem more like a US issue. In the Netherlands the powder basically never goes out.

  • i remember thio made fake tutorials about upgrading your xbox 360 to a fucking xbox one.

  • First I think

  • Re, washing computer components… ever looked at de8auer's video where he uses a dishwasher to clean Vaseline off motherboards and other components?

  • The best thing a UPS does to help you is it keeps clean power flowing to your system. Something a power bar/strip cannot do. They only protect you from surges. The little spikes and drops that happen in a power line are like gut punches to hardware. A UPS will condition the power to mitigate this.

  • laughs in Vargskelethor Windows Destruction

  • when i was 5 i ruined my old pc with viruses

  • We EE's wash PCB's after assembling them all thee time. Remove all power (incl coin cells), wash, then rinse with distilled water. Bake at low temp low moisture until completely dry. Haven't had an issue yet. Rinsing with non distilled water or with out enough distilled water may cause corrosion. Also forced air should be not used haphazardly as it could blow debris under high density parts (bad ) or contaminate electrolytic caps that are not well sealed so caution & YMMV applies to those situations.

  • Never heard it being possible to fry a CPU right away by overclocking.

  • what about "install linux on an external hard drive"

  • I washed my display adapter – not these new ones with huge fans. I had a USB 2.0 card that blew and the soot messed the display adapter so that the display was garbage. I washed it with water and let dry properly and it worked for years.

  • The best video that I've seen.

  • I said it last time, ill say it agsin. You CAN wash mobos so long as you remove EVERY BIT OF POWER TO IT! That means no mobo battery as welll! You MUST let it dry for a full day at least!. Its fuggin silicon and non corroding metals, who cares? Lol

  • Snake can kill a Pc as well it happen a few years ago a tech find a snake in a Lady Box . .Usly Mice can do as much damage

  • I allso trying to fine the youtube clip showing windows 10 pro working on a 386 if anyone knows the link please

  • To clean my computer innards I used the Jolly Green Giant size aerosol cans of
    brake cleaner.

  • other reason to destroy our pc is USING windows xp or windows 7 in 2019 or 2020

  • Linux machines
    sudo rm -r /
    chown other user then root:other user then root

  • TJ: off topic Q: looking for a simple media player to use on external dvdrw capable of viewing 15 year old DVD’s. Suggestions?

  • My PC was stuck for 3h when i updated it and then i forced it to turn off, when i turned it on again then i see attempting automatic repair!! And thats the story of when i had to buy a 8gb USB………. ….

  • And what if I have a laptop?

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    Deleting system32 is always a fun thing for noobs to try without any results.

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    Why does adjusting the voltage supposedly overclock, instead of bumping up how many clock cycles per second you give it from the timer circuit?

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    "Cooling and ventilation"? Nice. Welcome to the Partially Redundant Redundancy Department.

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    "UPS: What can brown do for you?" 💩

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    Wow, UPSes usually only last 2 minutes? I get that that lets you save a thing or two and then shut down safely, but still, that's pretty lame. I thought some had about 15 minutes.

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    Populated circuit boards are actually washed at the end of the manufacturing cycle. So yes, you can wash those, and they do mix. You just have to make sure that 1. the board is not connected ot any power (such as a battery), or/and 2. you dry it thoroughly before reapplying power, or 3. you use pure water, because that doesn't conduct electricity or corrode.

  • Never open up a hdd without a clean room. Don't ask me how I know…

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    "Do you want to completely ruin your computer?"

    * Ruins monitor instead….

  • Hello Kitty Lover Man!

    Don't let your girlfriend open up the hard drive and shit into it! That would be one thing!

  • Rayhant Aji Chatulistiwa

    4:42 it's enderman and flytech videos fault

  • I was actually talking to s friend about your "motor oil" video and how people complained you need to put "joke" or "satire" in the title. People are so silly.

  • You forgot "watching a verge pc build tutorial"

  • 6:40
    Laptop: sad windows xp sounds

  • If your someone who never turns your computer off, some interruptible power supplies also come with software and a USB cable that to connect it to your computer and will shut your computer off after a specified amount of time after the power goes off.

  • Remember when this guy was a thing

  • Hey I have a question a lot of times when I’m playing on my laptop the battery would die and the pc would turn off if something goes wrong When my pc shuts of randomly due to the battery could that corrupt any important files

  • 9:38 Or with a shop vac they put out static which can cause ESD, unless you have them grounded properly.

  • Watch out for cheap UPS units. We had one at the radio station I manage. It fried itself and actually took down the playout computer with it. I was rather taken aback by this event as we all know these things are designed to protect computers, not wreck 'em. It obviously didn't fail safe.

  • and for linux you have to reinstall the login manager from non-gui sys cuz linuz's login manager is trash 5:50 mac = i die windows – alive – linux – just your typing speed

  • Why do you look and sound like a peado ThioJoe?

  • This video explains why my old hp z400 is screwed with a completely unstable OS i cant reinstall……
    Messing with components while its on… i wanted to see what happened if the harddrive was unplugged while on and i got my results, but i guess it caused some damage that were only noticable a few months later…. sh*t!
    At least i have a new gaming laptop

  • Technology increases to 4k video. Users purchase 4k monitors and have 1080 monitors.

    Content creators blur the background causing all this high tech to be more blurry than 360p.

    Ain't that a brain f*c*

  • your so cool

  • Hi. please can i get nat type 1 on my router huawei 4g to ps4

  • Be careful what reg. entries you delete with ccleaner as well. Done it a million times.

  • Don't change RAM with the computer plugged in. I did this once, and fried a motherboard. It gave an electronic burned odor afterwards (death fart). Avoid hot swapping.

  • delete system 32 to save space

  • Use a grounding strap. Sometimes you have to let capacitors disharge also. Be very careful when working with RAM. etc.

  • as soon as i got a new pc, i destroyed the old one. it was so fucking satisfying!

  • If you update your BIOS/UEFI, plug your PC in a UPS. You could brick your Motherboard.

  • Kids, TRY this at home

  • 8: downloading roblox hacks
    fun fact downloading roblox hacks will hack your internet and get ahold to your roblox passwords and it leaves ur smart house (if u have one) at risk or internet/wifi/roblox account/everything on the internet that is important to you

  • UPS saved my pc yrs ago in a (very) old apt where every time my nextdoor neighbor's blender and toaster were on, my screen sizzled.

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