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NB2: Most machines are locked down so that although you can access the debug menu you only get to see stats, not actually get anything free. So you can only get a free drink from a very badly configured machine which is very rare.


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There’s a very strict list of vending machines that have the debug menu. First off,
they’re all COCA-COLA product vending machines. This means the giant, un-missable
picture on the front must show any of the following: Coke, Dasani (Water), Barq’s
Root Beer, Vanilla Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite, Evlan (water), Fanta, Fresca,
Frutopia, Hi-C, Sprite Remix, Mad River, Mello Yello, Minute Maid, Nestea, Odwalla,
Mr. Pibb/Pibb Xtra, Planet Java, Power Ade, Seagram’s Ginger Ale, Simply Orange,
Sparkletts, or Tab. Of course anything Diet or Caffeine free works too.
The machine must have an LED screen. Some of the older ones just allow the LED to
be set to a price amount and won’t have the debug menu. You’re safer if the little
LED is telling you something. Usually it will scroll a little message like “Ice
Cold Cokes”. Newer machines are more likely candidates.

To enter the menu, there’s a button combination. HERE’S THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO

4 2 3 1

The buttons are numbered depending on how they are positioned. They will either be
vertical (more likely), or in horizontal rows of 4 buttons per row. If it is
vertical, the first button is #1, the one below it is #2, and so forth. If the
buttons are in horizontal rows, the first button is #1, and the one to the right of
it is #2. The numbers work like a type writer after that. In rows of 4, the first
button of row 2 will be button #5. So, to review, getting in to the debug menu
looks like this:

£1.00 ——-
[ Coke ] <- Hit this button last
[ Coke ] <- Hit this button second
[ Diet Coke ] <- Hit this button third
[ Sprite ] <- Hit this button first
[ And so on ]
Some text should show up on the LED (probably the word “Error”, we’ll explain what
it means next sections). If nothing happens, your machine doesn’t have the debug

3. Options and Errors
To navigate from option to option (What they are is next section), remember the
numberings we gave the buttons. They work as follows:
Button [ 1 ] - Exit/Back
Button [ 2 ] - Up
Button [ 3 ] - Down
Button [ 4 ] - Select

Depending on the age of the machine, you will get a varying amount of default
options available.
On older machines: SALE, VER, EROR, and RTN
On newer machines: CASH, SALE, EROR, and RTN

CASH - Machine Earnings Display
The CASH option will display how much money is in the machine currently. It
generally takes a second or two to load. From here, you can scroll up and down
through 12 or 16 different options, depending on the machine age. These other
options display how much money was spent on each individual item, classified
through its button (or slot, as I like to call it) number.
A neat side note about the slot numbers is that there are more slot numbers than
there are actual slot, so usually the last 4 buttons contain zero money. This could
be so that the same OS could be used on bigger machines, but the newer machines
have even more slot numbers.

SALE - Total Sale Count
The SALE option displays how many drinks have been sold out of the machine. This
tends to be cumulative, but not on all machines. The stock guy is probably supposed
to reset this each time he re-stocks. Also, this has the same sub-options as the
CASH option, where you can scroll up and down and see how many drinks have been
sold from each slot.

VER - System/Machine Version?
This option will cause a large alphanumeric string to scroll across the LCD. The
number looks very much like a serial number, but doesn’t vary from machine to
machine. It is most likely the OS or machine version number, but of the older
machines that have the option, I haven’t seen one that doesn’t have the same

EROR - Error Log
There are 8 different types of errors - COLJ (Column Jams), VEnd (Vend Mechanism),
door (Door Switch), sels (Select Switch), CHAR (Changer Errors), acce (Acceptor
Errors), StS (Space-to-sales errors), and bVal (Bill Validators). The separate
types and actual errors are useless, as you assumably can’t get inside the machine,
BUT(! you can clear the errors. Hold the enter (Number 4) button down for about 2
seconds, and it should clear the error.

RTN - Return
This is simply the return option. Selecting this will exit the debug menu. On newer
machines, pressing the BACK button at the main menu will not exit, and RTN must be
selected. (A side note: The menu can also be exited by pressing the coin return button.)

By holding in the coin return button and not releasing, on the newer “big-button”
machines, this will display the internal temperature in Fahrenheit, as in “42F”.
There are many more menu options that are only accessible if they’ve either been
enabled from the computer inside the machine, or on the internal computer behind
the door (Probably not feasible for you to access).

CPO - Coin Payout Mode
You can can dump coins from the coin mechanism, and the various menu options allow
you to choose which type of coins (Nickels, dimes, etc.) are dumped.

tVFL - Tube Fill Mode
This is useless to you. This allows you to load coins into the coin tubes, which
you can’t do from the outside.

TEST - Test Routines
This allows you to test the following various routines:

SE Allows you to test the buttons. Will give you number
of button when you press it

SP Sold-out paddle test. Not quite sure, most likely internal function.

Su Sold-out switch test. Same as paddle.

CO Motor test. Will run various column motors.

Cn Coin test. Put in a coin and it will tell you what kind of
coin it is.

nA Note acceptor test. Same as Cn, but for bills.

dSP Display test. Will illuminate various LEDs.

vErS Rattles off version number.

RELY - Relay test
This tests the relay electronic control of various parts. Do not do, as it will
cause damage if various internal parts are not unplugged before usage.

PASS - Password
This is not normally accessible, but allows you to change the menu password from
the 4-2-3-1. Whoo!

PrIC - Price Setting
Used to set the price for a drink. Not sure how to work it, but it seems simple

StOS - Space-to-sales routine
Lets you change the STS routine and other options. This means that various buttons
will all mean the same thing, i.e. the 6 coke buttons don’t actually vend from 6
different columns, but vend from one (changing when one runs out of course).

COn - Machine Configuration/Permissions
This is the machine config menu that decides what of these options you are allowed
to access through the outside panel. This is probably only accessible with the door
open. I won’t go into detail, but I’ll list the Config numbers and what each do:
C1 sets price menu on,
C2 sets special (manufacturer) options on),
C3 disables the “ICE COLD COKE” message.
C4 is autoviewing of menu when door is opened,
C5 is door switch status,
C6 is mysteriously reserved for “future use”,
C7 determines whether your money credit stays in for 5 minutes or indefinitely,
C8 is Force Vend,
C9 allows multiple vends without putting in more money (i.e put in a 5 and get 3 cokes
and then your change), and
C10 is Escrow Inhibit.

CCoC - Correct Change Only Control

Adjusts Correct Change only rule to your liking.

TIME - Time Adjustment

Allows you to set the machine’s local time.

LANG - Language Selection Not sure how many languages are supported, but there are apparently more than just

Its possible to get free drinks (unlimited), changes prices etc etc
Give it a try, it really works with the big red machines ^^

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    June 6th, 2010 at 12:51 | #1

    does it work

  2. no
    June 6th, 2010 at 14:10 | #2


  3. oh yeah…
    June 6th, 2010 at 15:34 | #3

    that seems like a lot of effort for a drink and i’m pretty damn shure that if a coke costs $1 its easier to to put one dollar into the coke machine instead fucking around with a bloody coke machine

  4. that kid
    June 6th, 2010 at 15:53 | #4

    yeah it would be worth the dollar but i haven’t seen a coke machine only use a dollar in forever at the movie theater i go to it’s 3 and the mall is 2 those are places where it makes money sense to fuck with the machine

  5. z
    June 6th, 2010 at 20:17 | #5

    i’d rather just pay…?

  6. IhateSPAM
    June 6th, 2010 at 23:15 | #6

    ok…thats a little…..confusing?

  7. danielle
    June 6th, 2010 at 23:57 | #7

    by the time you’ve done all of that it would’ve been easier to just pay for it.

  8. Alpha
    June 7th, 2010 at 00:25 | #8

    LOL I can’t believe that some nub would go through all this shit just to save a dollar lmao cheap ass like mr krabs >.>

  9. Guest
    June 7th, 2010 at 02:06 | #9

    “PrIC – Price Setting
    Used to set the price for a drink. Not sure how to work it, but it seems simple

    So in other words, you DON’T know how to get a free coke from a coke machine. Stupidest mother fucker ever.

  10. Mike
    June 7th, 2010 at 04:32 | #10

    Omg it works!!!!!!!!! Tysm. I did it but i put in a dollar and it gave me 6 sodas! the camera saw me, hope I dont get caughttt :D

  11. Anonymous
    June 7th, 2010 at 05:09 | #11

    ==” i almost fell asleep readining ur procedure , wouldn’t it just be easier to give a dollar ? don’t be cheap like Mr. Krabs >.<

  12. Annie
    June 7th, 2010 at 05:09 | #12

    ==” i almost fell asleep readining ur procedure , wouldn’t it just be easier to give a dollar ? don’t be cheap like Mr. Krabs >.<

  13. Anonymous
    June 7th, 2010 at 08:13 | #13

    Has nobody noticed how there isn’t actually any options to dispense drinks or other items? I’m guessing most of you didn’t actually read it.

  14. Anonymous
    June 7th, 2010 at 08:21 | #14


    if you can make the motors go, you can make drinks fall out, you tosspot

  15. Lucy
    June 7th, 2010 at 18:27 | #15

    @ Anonymous Did you actually read the whole thing? It definitely says that C8 is Force Vend. I’m guessing you didn’t actually read it properly yourself either. And everybody else, you don’t have to got through the whole thing to get the free coke it’s only about 3 steps to actually follow it, the rest is just info on what else you can do with the other buttons.
    In the UK we pay around $2 per bottle so if you used this trick just once every day you would save $730 in a year. How is that being cheap?! Not that i’ve tried it, or know where we have one of those machines, but still.

  16. Anonymous
    June 8th, 2010 at 11:38 | #16

    All this shit to avoid coughing up a buck?….

  17. you
    June 8th, 2010 at 14:18 | #17

    cokes here are 4 damn dollers im not going to try this (i dont feel like trying) but shut up all of you

  18. Anonomouse
    June 10th, 2010 at 10:49 | #18

    I’m trying to get in to the coke machine at my summer camp but I haz no money. I’m going to try this tomorrow. If this duzn’t work, TO HELL WITH YOU!!!

  19. OneMan WolfPack
    June 11th, 2010 at 11:43 | #19

    You guys do realize if you set it at a cheap price, you can get more than one drink… You can get it until they run out of the thing you did.

  20. Erin
    June 12th, 2010 at 16:48 | #20

    which of those buttons lets you chose what to get

  21. Anonymous
    June 14th, 2010 at 05:36 | #21

    lol none of u guys apparently read it, fuck getting the free coke…if you read it, you can get all the change inside the machine.
    CPO – Coin Payout Mode
    You can can dump coins from the coin mechanism, and the various menu options allow
    you to choose which type of coins (Nickels, dimes, etc.) are dumped.

  22. danielle
    June 15th, 2010 at 03:50 | #22

    it seems easier to just pay 4 tha fuckin drink instead of stealin it

  23. I am bored so im posting this
    June 20th, 2010 at 08:47 | #23

    I cant wait to waste my life to try this!!!!

  24. 2:23 AM
    June 22nd, 2010 at 18:54 | #24

    Im gonna save this page on my iPhone and save 1.50 everytime i need a drink, yea thats right, fuck you guys im being jewish!

  25. LIZZIE
    June 24th, 2010 at 06:13 | #25


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