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A COKE MACHINE!

Want to dazzle your friends with your technical powers while checking out the profitability of a vending machine route? Read on. Most Coke machines built since the late 1990s can be hacked with a simple access code. Once you enter the code, you can find out all kinds of information about the machine's sales.

Steps
Find a machine that has an LED screen. The small screen will typically scroll a message such as "Ice Cold Cokes". If the machine's LED display simply displays the price, the steps below may not work. Enter the access code by using the drink selection buttons. The default access code is 4, 2, 3, 1, but the buttons aren't numbered. They will either say nothing or have pictures of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and other Coca-Cola products on them.

If the buttons are in a column, button 1 is the top one. Button 2 is the second one from the top, and so on. If they are in a grid or other format, button 1 is the top left one. Button 2 is the one directly to the right of that, and so on. Scroll through the menu to find out information about the machine. Once you enter the correct access code, the message on the LED screen will change. Typically it will say "EROR," but on some machines it may simply display a number. Use the buttons to navigate through the menu.

Press button 1 at any time to return to the previous menu or to exit the menu to go back to normal mode. Press button 2 to scroll up through the selections.
Press button 3 to scroll down through the selections.
Press button 4 to select the displayed menu option.

Example Menu
OptionsEROR: This menu option displays error messages for the machine, including problems that occurred with the refrigeration system, the vending mechanism, the bill changer, and the bill validator. To see error messages, press the select button (button 4) when the display shows ERROR, and then scroll through to see specific errors. Select an individual error to see more details. Generally if...
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