Has anybody attempted to start from 2 and enter every unlock code until they found the correct one? Assuming time and patience were infinite, other than warranty, is there any reason this couldn't be done?
Taking it one step further. If you could do it by hand, I don't see a reason why there couldn't be a way to automate the process with a computer to complete it within 3-5 hours.
Hey, anyone up in Canada missing a machine that was supposed to be delivered? We may have found it.
Haas VF-2, HA5C, Hardinge CHNC 1, BobCAD V23
How long it will take will depend on how long each "trial" takes, how many digits the code has, and how many different characters can be used for each digit. If the code has 8 digits, and there are 10 possible values for each digit (0-9), there will be a total of 10^8 possible permutations to test. That's 100,000,000 codes to test. If it took 1 second to test each one, it could take as long as 100,000,000 seconds to find the right one. That's over 3 years time. Obviously if the code has fewer digits it would take less time, but if alphabetic characters are allowed (as well as numerics), it will take a REALLY long time.
Theoretically, you could rig up an automated method for doing this, but if you have that kind of knowledge/skill, then your time would be better spent doing something more productive anyway.
A question like this will pull the self righteous out of the woodwork . EH !
how bout looking at the simplest of logistics , haas options are dirt cheap in comparison to anything else on the market , if you can't afford the options for your machinery then you may be in the wrong business ! Also how well do you think something like this is going to fly when you need to have your machine serviced
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I'm not sure why it is illegal? Can you share the exact law that states this? It is like putting a power programmer on your car to "unlock" all those extra ponies...it may void warranty...but so what? Most of our warranties are out anyway.
Would it be illegal to bypass the original monitor and hook up an external one? If haas actually cared financially then they wouldn't put it in there in the first place. To me once the machine is yours, then you should be able to do with it as you want. For instance, I bought a Haas with a crappy t-slot table that is all but useless. I built a sweet oversize tapped and doweled precision table that I use on it. Illegal? I also modified the sheetmetal and installed vacuum lines for a vacuum table that I use...Illegal?
Here's one that probably IS illegal. Instead of paying Haas the "rip off" price of over 500 bucks for a new coolant pump, I instead purchased 15 bucks worth of American made bearings and pulled out the 3 dollars worth of crappy chinese ones and now my pump is running absolutely silent again. Did I break any law?
While I do agree that it is probably an exercise in fruitillity I just can't imagine it being "illegal" and "hush hush"...lol
Not at all the same as the mechanical parts of the machine, which your examples mention.