Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hack from the Past: Coin-Operated Speed Queen Washing Machines


With a keen eye and fifty cents I netted this gem at a garage sale which only true geeks can appreciate:



The seller explained it's the programming guide for the vendor computer inside Speed Queen coin-operated washing machines back in the 1980s. The guide provides technicians with codes they can use to calibrate and test the machines, or reprogram the cost required per use:





It's also an historic collection of the first software Easter eggs:
1. Open and close the service door. 2. Press and hold NORMAL, then press HOT.
Who would have guessed that Maytag repairmen were performing Nintendo game cheats 10 years before the system hit the market?

UPDATE - page 13, by request:



18 comments:

  1. hah, i just moved into an apt complex using old old old speed queens and I believe the only button on them says normal...although this may be the dryer...gonna see if I can mess with the programming, wish I could find the manuals for them and make em free

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  2. any chance you could post page 13?

    thanks

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  3. Thanks a lot. I overlooked that the tumbler needs a different code to enter special mode.. You don't need to scan the whole page, but if you could post the button combo for special mode on page 11, that would be greatly appreciated.

    The codes for the washers work perfectly for 2 of the 4 (identical) washers in my building. Not sure why the other two don't work. The dryers seem to be the right kind, but we'll see. Great find.

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  4. Page 11

    Entering the Special Mode -Tumbler-

    Note: Tumbler must be in "Ready" mode. Make sure no coins have been entered and the control is not in an active cycle.

    1. Open and close the service door.

    2. Press and hold HIGH TEMP, then press MED TEMP

    3. SPC will appear.

    To exit: Make sure service door has been opened and closed in the last four minutes. Press and hold HIGH TEMP, then press MED TEMP pads twice. Control returns to "Ready" mode.

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  5. I wonder if there was any chance the newer coin-only speed queens had a similar code system and if so how could one hack it. I live in a dorm and i think 1.50 is ridiculous for a washing cycle and even more so the same for a drying cycle

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  6. Hi, any idea how to hack one of those really traditional speed queen washing machines. I've just moved into a new flat which is equipped with a real old speed queen washing machine. The washing machine doesn't have any buttons but those rotary knobs..

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  7. Confirmed as working on speedqueen tumble dryers at laundrette on campus at UK uni. Thanks!!!!!! Wish i knew this last year!

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  8. Where do i get the key to pop the service panel open?

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  9. Why stop there?! It would be great of you to post the whole MoneyMaster System Manual! I'm sure a handful of people would appreciate it!

    Please if you have a moment, upload the rest!

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  10. Yeah! Please post the rest! That would be great!

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  11. PPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE post the rest!

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  12. The Vendor Price Change page does me no good without page 3!! To the person who confirmed it working on dryers on campus at UK uni, how did you get into Special Mode?? And if I have the key for service panel can't I just hit switch for free wash??
    HELP PLEEEEEEZE please please I need this soooo bad....my complex is charging $3.50 a load!!!

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  13. Oh come on please. I know at one point you had posted, "wait a week, and I will post the rest". That would be awesome! please post the rest!

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  14. Do you have for a Speedqueen dryer ? Sc60bcfxu60001? please let me know!!
    tinytanda@yahoo.com

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  15. Can you post whole book or where can I find it at???

    1 of 2 washers not working and same with dryers

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  16. I just tried this on a card operated speed queen dryer and was able to get it to work on 3 out of 5 dryers. Haven't tried a washer yet but in order to get the dryers to work I actually had to unplug them and then replug them first. Also don't mess with the price there is AnP which allow you to run it that one time for free.

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  17. ? How can you unplug the coin part of the washer and still use it..

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