nobody said anything about anybody to build a device to read the chip. if you read my post, which i doubt that you read, i said that the chip must be read. i didn't say that joe six pack should attempt to do that. got it? as for my boastful post, it's not a boast, it's a fact. I AM an I.T. professional. please, let's not muddy the water. if the machine has a chip, it must be read. i recommended that a pro do it (of course not you). cheers.