Thanks for posting this! It worked great for me. My Meter is about 2 years old.
Excellent, glad it helped. Later on down the road you may notice it do something funny. For example, if you switch out the code key for another key with the SAME code number, it will say “code exp” but will still display a test strip icon and let you get a reading. Even if you continue rolling back the date, it will do that. Eventually it might still lock out the test strips, but all you have to do is hard-reset the meter again (the hack).
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for this. My Mom-in-law found your videos, and asked me if I felt froggy enough to try it Her meter would go back to 1/1/11 after taking out the main battery, but still wouldn’t read strips from, for example, 7/11. After trying this hack it still would only go back to that date, but will now read them
Thank you ever so much for taking your time to be so kind and help full in answering my question. Your answer is greatly appreciated , as was your great meter fix has really been very beneficial to myself and countless others.
The very best to you and Thank You For Sharing Your Knowledge With Us All.
If I wanted cheaper strips and a basic meter, then ReliOn would be okay. My next choice would be the Bayer Contour USB because it’s so compact. For easier testing and a bigger screen I would go for the Abbott Freedom Lite. If my vision became more blurred I would go for the Prodigy Voice (multi-branded). For something more advanced, convenient, fully automatic and travel friendly I would go for the Roche Compact Plus. I can’t really recommend just one, because they’re all great-It depends on YOU
It really depends on what is most important to you. For example, if you know you might collect a surplus of test strips and don’t want to waste them all the time, then go for any non-coded reliable device. Google for the top ten and make a decision. – Personally, If I wanted something more convenient, compact, and doesn’t require me to manually code it all the time, then I might go for something like the Compact Plus (fewer strips to waste means not worrying about an expiry date anymore
This Video is excellent and the fix worked first time and saved me lots on good unused strips.
I do follow your advice and do a control test and am alway in range.
Please advise: If you were getting a new meter , would you get a coded or non-coded one and would you suggest a quality brand type?.
Thanks again for saving my strips and funds.
Thank you for posting this Very Help-full Knowledge.
If you were to Purchase a NEW METER . What would you recommend
Excellent! But please keep in mind that some vials really do go bad. Make sure you run a control test after opening an expired vial just to make sure they’re okay. Obviously with just a 2 point difference on your present batch means they’re practically still like brand new. It pays to investigate things like this.
Thanks a MILLION for posting this. I have over $600 worth of strips that are expired. I did the hack on a spare meter I had and it works like a charm. I even compared my blood sugar on the new one and the hacked one and there was 2 points difference!!! You just saved me about $300 in co-pays! Thanks again for posting this video!!
excellent, and you are very welcome.
Thanks for posting.
It was very helpful to me.
Solved my problem.
thank you very much
You are welcome. Glad I could help. – Usted es bienvenido. Me alegro de que podía ayudar. [that's a google translation]
gracias amigo muy bien yo lo he hecho y functiona …GRACIAS !
Yaaay! You figured it out. See, you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Have a good one.
omg, it worked !! I took the battery out from the cap. and it worked.
- Excellent! – but don’t forget to run a full control test on those expired strips to make sure they’re still in a good testing range.
Thank you…thank you! Just did mine and it works like a charm.
Ahhh Ha—OK, I’ll remember that, thanks!
- because if you wait too long to set the date back, it will lock out the code key again. Then, yes, you will have to take it apart again and repeat the reset (drain the board). I’ve thought about installing my own reset button just in case it happens to me again, but then I decided to just set the date back to the beginning every month. See, that’s all that micro battery was for… to keep you from doing this reset.
- if you catch it in time you can do that (set date back), but if you wait 1 day too long it will lock out the code key again.
–can’t you just set the date back to make it work again if the date “catches up” to the code key?
-Excellent! Now the only thing that I don’t understand is if I do allow the date to “catch up” to the code key causing it to show expired, why do you have to take it apart again to reset it? What is there to reset and how do I do it? Shorting it out and draining it again or what? Confused about that part—-
- You just tested the main hack part and discovered it worked. The only odd thing is your history didn’t clear. That’s not a problem though since the history will eventually get overwritten when the memory wraps. Just remember the calendar is still counting and you must still roll back the date before the expiration date arrives. Unless you want to play with it and see what happens, in which case it will lock out the code key and you’ll have to take it apart again to reset.
-OK, did as you said, but still can’t get the board completely drained and old results are still there—but the screen did work completely, top to bottom. I did try setting the date forward to 2012 and did get the expired code key message (the key I have expires at the end of Nov. 2011) so I set the date back to 2010 and it worked again (turns out mine only scrolls back to 2010 too, not 2009). I guess I’ll just have to wait till Dec. 1st to see if the hack worked, right?
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