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Gnarly Error Messages

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the abnormal-termination dept.

Programming 1315

Veeru writes "In my career, I have run across some whopper error messages, but a call from the mainframe sysop one night beat them all: 'We are experiencing MVS processor spin loops, the programs are running while holding a disabled CPU. This is causing XCF communication delays to the point where we are losing VTAM RTP routing, are suffering OSPF adjacency failures on TCP/IP dynamic routing and MIM VCF failures. Whatever this code is, it should NOT be propagated to production or we run the risk of losing the development plex if XCF signaling is adversely impacted by processor disabled spin loops'. My friend once got an error message 'Error 2 while trying to report error 2'. I would be curious to hear from the Slashdot community on encounters with other bizarre error messages."

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Mac Bomb (4, Funny) (579491) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486435)

The random bomb that used to pop up using Mac LC's... not explanation, just BOMB. That used to freak some people out.

Re:Mac Bomb (1)

grantls (584552) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486440)

I was just going to say that "Error 2 while trying to report error 2" sounded like something out of System 7... At least when I get the blue screen of death on some Windows box I am somewhat sure why.

Keyboard error. (5, Funny)

Trusty Penfold (615679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486437)

Press F9 to continue.

Re:Keyboard error. (2, Insightful)

MagPulse (316) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486438)

Plug the keyboard in and hit F9. It makes sense.

Re:Keyboard error. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486489)

Not if the keyboard's not working.

Re:Keyboard error. (1)

MagPulse (316) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486516)

The BIOS doesn't know that. It's just telling you what to do when you get a working one that's plugged in.

Turn the computer off (1)

yerricde (125198) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486512)

Plug the keyboard in

Make sure to power down the motherboard first. ADB and PS/2 keyboards are not hot pluggable; horror stories of fried controller chips are common.

error messages? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486439)

sorry, i dont get error messages

perhaps you're wondering why? its because i run GNU/Linux

its so stable and efficient I never have any problems

my linuxlvr website []

Interface Hall of Shame... (5, Informative)

*xpenguin* (306001) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486441)

One of the most entertaining error message sites is iarchitect [] , which provides good and bad examples of error handling and GUIs.

Re:Interface Hall of Shame... (1)

Sn4xx0r (613157) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486492)

Yes, great site! Last update was in june 2000 unfortunately... Maybe this slashdotting will remind the owner to work on the site :)

MAC OS (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486443)

-97 System Error. Restart?
(with no other choice.)

Gnarly. (5, Funny)

Trusty Penfold (615679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486444)

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!

Re:Gnarly. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486569)

That's not gnarly, just bloody stupid.

translation... (5, Funny)

wuchang (524603) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486445)

We don't know wtf is happening, but we want everyone to think that we're on top of things and that we deserve the salaries they pay us.

Out-of-range error (5, Funny)

gunner800 (142959) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486448)

When the user specifies an attribute value outside the correct range it's helpful to list the possible correct values. But if the value just has to be non-negative it's much more helpful to say "Value must be non-negative" than to list all the possible positive values.

Fortunately, users never saw this error, as the program ran out of memory while composing it.

A really, really bad one... (5, Funny)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486449)

"Now starting Windows for the first time"

D'oh -Homer Simpson.

re: error messages (0, Redundant)

phlip_32 (261668) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486450)

my favorite is "no keyboard dected. press any key to continue"

Error,Cannot Close Application, Click OK to close (1)

Drakonite (523948) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486451)

Using the Mac's in the school's lab, I seemed to often get an error about having to close the app when I tried to close an application.

...I forgot what the program but I had one program that always gave me the error message "Error: You shouldn't see this"

Re:Error,Cannot Close Application, Click OK to clo (5, Funny)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486508)

I still put those in for giggles.. Usually in something like this:

if ($a > 0){
}elsif($a 0){
}elsif($a = 0){
die "Error: You shouldn't see this."

Re:Error,Cannot Close Application, Click OK to clo (1)

shawnhh (597219) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486523)

I remember seeing that error on Mac's too, I think it was an (now-old) adobe product.

Error (5, Funny)

_Spirit (23983) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486455)

Had a Mac program long ago that featured the following error msg:

I must remember to put an error message here

And in another:

Whoops !
If you see this error please report the code as I have forgotten put an error message here

Magic 8-ball error (0)

Grayden (137336) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486456)

Ask again later

Funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486457)

Guru Error 13

Printer on fire (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486458)

me@machine:/usr/src/linux/drivers/char% grep "on fire" *.c

lp.c: /* not offline or out of paper. on fire? */
lp.c: printk(KERN_ERR "lp%d reported invalid error status (on fire, eh?)\n", minor);
lp_m68k.c: printk(KERN_NOTICE "lp%d: on fire\n",dev);
lp_m68k.c: /* not offline or out of paper. on fire? */
lp_m68k.c: printk(KERN_NOTICE "lp%d: on fire\n",dev);

Useless (1, Flamebait)

WeaponOfChoice (615003) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486459)

That good old error box that used to pop up in W98. It just had that error traffic sign and no text whatsoever. Wonderfully descriptive. I think it was the O/S accidentally realising it's own complete uselessness and flagging it up to the poor fool behind the monitor...

error message (5, Funny)

sheol (153979) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486460)

i once received the following at work in the proprietary software used for cable tv tech support/etc....

"You need help. Please call 1-800-xxx-xxxx for assistance."

Amiga Error (4, Funny)

Haxx (314221) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486462)

Remember the Amiga 500/1500 error message that said

"Guru Medatation"

Gotta be the classic MacOS... (5, Funny)

Greebz (139906) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486464)

"An Error Occurred Because An Error Occurred"

Ah, so that's why!

The best BeOS error (5, Funny)

eexlebots (203658) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486465)

"Error: No error"

I got that one a few times; always memorable. Almost as fun as seeing your GUI melt into the joy of a KDL:

"Welcome to Kernel Debugging Land!"

Re:The best BeOS error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486570)

Working with Siemens industrial networking software 6 years ago I got a similar helpful error message in german:

Fehler: Es gibt kein Fehler.

Translation: Error: there is no error.

"Your system date is set to year 8192. (4, Funny)

nusuth (520833) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486466)

This version of Winzip does not work after year 2099."

My favorite error message... (2)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486467)

Earned me $1000 bugs bounty from Netscape back in the day. When you tried to access the URL in the history file through java, it threw a security exception to the effect of "You cannot access the information about http://the/". Chop off the beginning of the sentence, and there's your URL. Silly Netscape programmers.

Sometimes Barney plays on his own (5, Funny)

hklingon (109185) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486468)

This error is documented in MS's KB:
"Sometimes Barney Starts Playing Peekaboo on his own." Scary. []

Gosh (1)

Shinsei (120121) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486469)

After reading that sysop statement I suddenly know how people who don't know jacksh*t about computers feel when someone try to explain them something about computers...

"Blah blah blah [insert random techie expression] blah blah blah blah [insert another random techie expression] blah blah blah [insert yet another random techie expression]"


Illegal Operation (5, Interesting)

stephenisu (580105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486471)

Working in Technical support for a government website frequented by technophobes with college aged children, I can't count the times I have had people scared to death because their computer had encountered an illegal operation. One woman started yelling at her kids for putting that &#*!ing nappy (napster I am guessing) thing on their machine. It took me 15 minutes to explain the situation to her.. after the 10 minutes of telling her to calm down.. at least she wasn't one of the criers.

Re:Illegal Operation (1)

scottmartinnet (306032) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486572)

I completely agree. In my opinion, this one sentence has done more to damage the perception of technology among the population of non-techies than any other sentence ever typed into a computer. Microsoft finally fixed it in XP, but that's after over five years of people being scared, not to mention all the 9x installs still out there. Good job, Microsoft.

This is the example I love to use when I use when teaching techies how to communicate with non-techies.

What's a acceptable error? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486472)

old IBM mainframe error - "Unacceptable error". At that was all she wrote. No further explanation anywhere, in any manual.

How the hell did this end up on the front page? (1)

whirred (182193) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486473)

In any case, the most obscure error messages I routinely get are error numbers that the lazy programmers I work with don't associate with a letter. I'd rather have the level of detail the author of this thread received than any more "Error #27"s that I have to track down manually.

I guess that's why coders often don't comment their work - it's job security!

Gnarly error messages (5, Funny)

Doctor Sbaitso (605467) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486474)

I've encountered "Error: too many errors" several times before.

$ PATH=pretending! /usr/ucb/which sense (5, Funny)

Mwongozi (176765) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486475)

no sense in pretending

Re:$ PATH=pretending! /usr/ucb/which sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486558)

in the same vein, one of my friends sent me this:
[] _s ession.shtml

Undefined? (5, Funny)

stu_coates (156061) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486476)

While doing some JavaScript programming with and old version of Netscape:

Undefined is not defined

make love (3, Funny)

stile (54877) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486547)

That's like the fun command you could use on some older versions of make:

$ make love
make: don't know how to make love. Stop.

AppleWorks GS (5, Funny)

axneck (573097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486478)

AppleWorks GS on the Apple IIGS... "A serious system error has occured" and two buttons appeared. The first button said "Reset", and the second button had an arrow pointing to the first button. :)

C++ template errors (4, Insightful)

bunyip (17018) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486479)

Anybody that's used C++ templates a lot would know that compile errors can easily be 10-20 lines long (per error).

I don't remember who said it, but C++ templates are clearly the work of the devil.

Ebonics Error Msg (2, Funny)

Nameis (556253) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486481)

This one tools dev guy liked creating 'gansta' style error messages in Fargo, ND of all places.

My personal favorite: Somethin' be hosed with da proc

Penguins in the inturrupts (1)

cachedout (522334) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486482)

Debian Sparc has a SCSI error message that says: 'Penguins in the intrurrupts?' when it halts on a SCSI bus error I believe. It's enormously *unfunny* at 3 AM when trying to force Debian onto a Sparc Classic, let me tell you...

Error (1)

Shinsei (120121) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486485)

[Error: No such error] is also a classic one I believe.. :P

Real Media (3, Funny)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486487)

There's this little gem [] from Real Media.

Foreign languages? (1)

Hugh Macdonald (319000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486488)

I don't know if any of you have ever come across a language called 'Camilla' - I'm not learning it myself, but some friends of mine have to use it for their course...

Camilla was originally written by a Czech - and has never been properly translated into english. So, apparently, some of the more obscure error messages are still in Czech..

Computer error messages (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486490)

Error 13: Illegal brain function. Process terminated.
Error #65: Database on vacation - call travel agent?
Error #96: Database corrupt - contact Crime Control?
Error #4Ni8: Database spawning duplicates - protection failed.
REALITY.DAT not found. Atempting to restore Universe......REALITY.SYS Corrupted Unable to recover Universe....Press Esc key to reboot Universe, or any other key to continue...
REALITY.SYS corrupted reboot Universe (Y/N)?
USER ERROR: replace user and press any key to continue.
Volume in Drive C: TOO_LOUD!
Compression failed - E)at chocolate cake?
Process failed - A)bort, R)etry, or F)ind another job?
Press [ESC] to detonate or any other key to explode.
BREAKFAST.COM halted... cereal port not responding!
Virus detected! P)our chicken soup on motherboard?
.signature not found! reformat hard drive? [Y/N]
Backup not found! A)bort, R)etry or P)anic?
Spellchecker not found. Press [CTRL][ALT][DEL] to continue ...
Not Ready Reading Drive A:...File Not Saved...Press [CTRL][ALT][DEL] to continue...
A)bort, R)etry or S)elfdestruct?
A)bort, R)etry, I)gnore, V)alium?
A)bort, R)etry, I)nfluence with large hammer?
A)bort, R)etry, P)lead in vain?
Backup not found: A)bort, R)etry, M)assive heart failure?
Bad command or file name. Go stand in the corner.
Close your eyes and press escape three times.
DYNAMIC LINKING ERROR: Your mistake is now everywhere.
Computer possessed? Try DEVICE=C:\EXOR.SYS
SENILE.COM found... Out Of Memory.
APATHY ERROR: Don't bother striking any key.
ZAP! Process discontinued. Enter any 12digit prime number to resume.
COFFEE.EXE missing: Insert Cup and Press Any Key
Access denied: nah nah na nah nah!
Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner.
BREAKFAST.COM halted: Cereal Port Not Responding
Bad command. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaay...
File not found: Should I fake it? (Y/N)
Smash forehead on keyboard to continue...
Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.
Press any key to continue or any other key to quit...

It's not getting any better (3, Interesting)

PhotoGuy (189467) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486491)

With the modern leading edge technology that is Windows XP Pro, a fresh install, applying all service packs, it notifies me that it has found new hardware (the S3 Savage IX chip on my Toshiba); I go through the wizard that pops up, only to end in a failure error message "The data is invalid."

Yeah, that's a helpful one. *Anything* would have been more useful than that.

Re:It's not getting any better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486553)

That has do with permissions in the Windows registry. Log in as Administrator, run regedt32 (not regedit), look for the appropriate folder, and make sure the permissions are set properly.

Probably one of the most unhelpful error messages of all time. Took me a while to figure it out (thanks Google!)


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486496)

Continue Access?

"ERROR: SUCCESS!" (5, Funny)

davemarmaros (598966) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486497)

The fax machine in my office's mailroom displays this to confirm that your outgoing fax was sent. It confused the heck out of me the first time...

My favorite windows error: (4, Funny)

hklingon (109185) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486498)

My favorite Windows Error [] .

Though now on NT/2000 these errors are logged in the handy-dany event logger.

Apple's MPW C compiler famous for its error msgs (5, Interesting)

Cerlyn (202990) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486500)

Apple once put out a C compiler famous for its error messages. Who else would make a compiler that states "This label is the target of a goto from outside of the block containing this label AND this block has an automatic variable with an initializer AND your window wasn't wide enough to read this whole error message"?

Searching for Apple compiler error messages on Google [] picks up dozens of sites with the error messages from this compiler, as well as spreads out the slashdot effect.

Doing a search for Eudora humor error messages on Google [] shows Eudora to have a similar sense of humor as well ("Memory is tight-Live Dangerously").

OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486502)

How many people can't help but read that as "Guh narly"?

one of my favorites (2)

-=Izzy=- (80039) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486503)

eth0: Something Wicked happened! 0400.

well.. it would be a favorite, if i didnt see it so often.

From the Linux kernel ... (0, Redundant)

owlorc (247321) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486506)

printk(KERN_INFO "lp%d on fire\n", minor);

Oooooops. (4, Funny)

cosyne (324176) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486507)

Or something to that effect. It was a few years ago, so probably MacOS8. Just the standard error box with no explaination besides "Oooooops"

There's always the old favorite "This application has performed a fatal error and will be shut down: Windows" and the similar "This file appears to be corrupted or infected, and should be replaced: Symantec AntiVirus." I'll post the screenshot of the antivirus one if i find it.

values of beta (0)

mrnobo1024 (464702) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486509)

In Version 5 UNIX, when you tried to "mv" a directory with a name ending with a . it would give the message "values of will give rise to dom!". This was taken out in Version 7.

Dennis Ritchie has an explanation of it here. []

"Final Cut Pro has quit... (1)

=weezer= (180393) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486511)

due to an unexpected error" Oh, right, since I was *REALLY* expecting it to crash out on me right before finish a final export...

A Few Windows Error messages (5, Funny)

cOdEgUru (181536) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486513)

(1) Winerr 00E : Unexplained Error - Please tell us how this happened
(2) 01B - Error Removing Temp File; Kernel.dll Will Be Substituted
(3) 01C - Wrong Disk Formatted. Sorry About That.
(4)Title: setup32.exe - error in application
The instruction "0x77e0a053" points to memory at "0x0f1366b8". The data was not transferred into RAM because of an I/O error in "0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000c0000240".
That's a lot of zeros... I thought addresses were only 32 bits long in Windows2000...

cute error msg (5, Funny)

jennygerbi (263473) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486515)

I like this far more than is acceptable:

>cat food
>cat: cannot open food

Apollo workstation (5, Funny)

hedley (8715) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486517)

At a DN300's boot prompt I typed:

> ?

You must be from Prime. Use 'h' for help.

Prime was Apollo's competitor at the time. :)


Dr. Watson caused a Dr. Watson (5, Funny)

borwells (566148) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486518)

My favorite on the NT servers was a popup explainging that the Dr. Watson process had generated a Dr. Watson error. If the system hadn't frozen I would have screen-capped that bad boy.

Also, twice when using Veritas Backup Exec NT 7.3 I received a warning error messages stating that there were over 1 billion administrators currently connected to the system, so I should be careful making changes. I wasn't aware Backup Exec was so popular.

gnarly ghex (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486519)

00000000 53 75 63 6B 20 6D 79 20 66 69 6C 74 68 79 20 74
00000010 72 6F 6C 6C 20 63 6F 63 6B 20 6C 69 6E 75 78 20
00000020 7A 65 61 6C 6F 74 73 21 21 0A 00 00 00 00 00 00

Can you spot the error?

Could the Dell dude do gnarly error messages? (5, Funny)

Rai (524476) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486520)

"Gnarly Error Messages" make me picture the Dell dude popping up like the M$ Clippy and saying something like "Dude, your program just totally crashed. Bummer!"

Can't make it's mind up. (1)

jrwillis (306262) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486521)

A common one from work. "The queue server may be running. I don't think it is."

Error Msg (2, Funny)

spoonist (32012) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486522)

This one has been pissing off quite a few people as of late:

# rm -f /bin/laden
/bin/laden: Not found

From the homebrewed software a former boss... (1)

mjphil (113320) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486524)

"Do you not want to not network"

That english, she is tricky.

not enough??? (1)

rizzo420 (136707) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486525)

a friend of mine once got an error that said "Not Enough"... it was on win98 i think. i don't remember what he was doing, but a dialogue box popped up with that message and the only button was "OK"

Error, Big (1)

iturbide (39881) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486527)

Most software has some default/fallback error message, to be used if the program really doesn't know what else to say, right before going belly-up. IIRC for winfax 4, it was the usual popup, saying Error, Big
And that was that :-)

How to totally screw up Win2k in less than 1 min. (4, Interesting)

eggstasy (458692) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486530)

Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and disable all services. At no time does Win2k give you a warning that this might be dangerous, but upon rebooting your system will be totally and irrecoverably screwed, as Win2k will tell you that you need the plug and play service to enable any service that you try to enable, INCLUDING the PnP service itself! Reinstalling restored the services to their settings, but it was still not working very well for reasons I cannot understand, so I had to do a clean install to a separate directory!
You gotta love MS's monolithic integration...

Half-Life Network Error (2)

MBCook (132727) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486531)

Every once in a while I get a lovely little error from Half-Life. It's a simple little dialog box with an OK button. It's titled "Half-Life", has one of those yeild signs with an exclamation on it, and has this helpful message:


Company billing program: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486534)

"Uh-Oh, time to call the sys-admin."

This was one of my favorites (1, Redundant)

Clue4All (580842) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486535)

Jun 25 12:20:47 ladyluck kernel: lp0 on fire

My favorite .... (2)

taniwha (70410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486536)

Synopsys a chip-design tool had a netlist plotter than ran under X - it's graphics implementation sucked and when you used it with an X server other than Suns it would get through it's initialisation and start to throw up the first window .... somewhere in there just after the empty window appears on the screen it would decide that things were not all alright with X and it should abort .... of course it had to tell you about that so it tries to throw up a dialog box ..... about 1/2 way through that process, after the empty dialog appears on the screen it decides something is wrong .... but it has to tell you about it ......

Things get fun fast - new boxes are appearing on the screen as fast as it can create them, meanwhile I'm hunting for the xterm session somewhere under 50 boxes that I created the program from and trying to retain focus so that I can type enough to kill the damn thing ....

LOL Errors (2, Funny)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486537)

I remember the first time I seen the Half-Life error "ERROR: Dormant entity is thinking!!" I was impressed with the AI that it had a function built in to kill it off when it became sentient, I laughed forever. Literally.

I can't remember which game it was, something under linux, I got the error "HOLY $HIT there's an error!" Open source kicks a$$

Fortran compilers on the Cyber 74... (1)

jcwren (166164) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486538)

...would return "Parameter of type parameter may not be type parameter".

Other Fortran compilers may return the same error, but luckily, I've only had experience on that one.

Star Craft (0)

cyberbob2010 (312049) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486539)

"There was an Internal Error: Star Craft Instaled Successfully" - I'll look for the screen shot on my friends comp.

Exchange Error (1)

principio (558251) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486542)

My all time favorite error is one that I got from Exchange Server 5.5. I don't remember the exact message, but it went something like "The x services could not be started because it depends on the y service. The y service returned the following error: The service started correctly." Lather, rinse, reboot

Silly Errors (1)

bryhhh (317224) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486543)

Keyboard not present, press F1 to continue.

SGI message - has anybody else had this? (5, Interesting)

fantomas (94850) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486545)

First time my boss went away and left me in charge of everything, our baby, the SGI Indigo2 ( this was a few years ago) decided to die big style. I am not a full blooded geek so scuse me if I don't describe this right, but...

...screen filled with text, went up the screen rapidly filling the whole thing, I think it was like when you start up and all the boot stuff goes past. Finally the screen flashes then does a sort of blue screen of death and the only text on the screen in the top left is DON'T PANIC.

I swear I saw this, if I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I wouldn't believe it, but there I am, the boss is away for the first time on holiday and the computer is saying 'DON'T PANIC' . I knew things were very, very bad.

Can somebody tell me about this error message, how SGI got to put it on their machines, and why?

(end note is boss was cool as ever and the engineers fixed it and we got our data back, but boy, was I afraid to touch that machine again...)

PC Load Letter (2, Funny)

Brian_Ellenberger (308720) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486546)

WTF Does PC Load Letter mean!!!

Engrish! (5, Funny)

chrisbolt (11273) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486548)

It's always fun trying to decipher engrish error messages [] .

one of my favourites (1)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486554)

In Microsoft word ask clippy 'Are you stupid?' He will reply 'I dont know what you mean'

Not funny on its own but (1)

skip277 (24541) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486555)

I used to use an old Mac (System 7 something) at work with "Earth" as it's machine name. It had a pretty small hard drive and one day we recieved the error "There is no more room on Earth. Please delete some files." We deleted some files, took a screenshot and made a poster out of it. It might still be hanging up there.

One Linux, One Windows (3, Funny)

Sigma Kiwi (258999) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486556)

Back when men were men and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri, I tried to install a very early version of slackware (this was 1996-97). The installer simply did not like my CD-ROM- first it told me to specify exactly which encoding it used. I did. Then it presented several other hoops for me. I jumped through them all to get this gem:

"Error: Cannot read from cdrom: device is read only"

My favorite windows error didn't actually happen to me, but I saw it. A friend's win98 box blue screened and presented this as the first line of the error:

"Dindos Error"

We had a good hoot over this in the dorm.

Microsoft Word Tables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486557)

This table is too complex, please save your work now. Word will close. (The only response available was OK)

Helpful Netware error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486559)

I remember that in NW 4.x inetcfg, fooling around with the interfaces (maybe ppp on an async interface? I forget) you could get an error message reading

Blah Blah
Blah Blah
Blah Blah

Very useful, indeed.
-- Shanti

C++ Templates (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486560)

For sheer length, it's hard to beat C++ template errors.

I had a friend at work who hund a nice full page error message hung on his wall as a monument to C++ templates.

HAL9000 (5, Funny)

lateralus_1024 (583730) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486562)

[in soothing voice]"Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you do that."

linux (5, Funny)

Kallahar (227430) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486563)

When installing linux you can get this error:

***Kernel panic: I have no root and I want to scream

if you don't tell the kernel where to find it's root filesystem.


Roxio EZ-CD Creator (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4486567)

"A Catastrophic Error Has Occured.

kernel died. (2, Informative)

shawnhh (597219) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486568)

kernel died.
fairly common headache with mandrake.

Oh, dear! (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 11 years ago | (#4486571)

Something has gone awry.

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