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At the end of room 17 you are asked to toss your cube into the fire before it will let you complete the level.

Without using cheats, is there a way to save it?

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Of course there's a way to save it. You didn't actually incinerate your own companion cube, did you? You monster. –  Oak Nov 5 '11 at 0:43
    
All Aperture technologies remain safely operational up to 4000 degrees Kelvin. –  Joe the Person Feb 16 at 1:49

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There is indeed a way to save your loyal Companion Cube.

You merely need to take advantage of two deficiencies in Aperture Science's Test Chambers. One flaw in Test Chamber 16 lets you push a Weighted Storage Cube through the Material Emancipation Grill and take it up in the elevator to Test Chamber 17. In that chamber, another defect allows you to use the lesser cube to obtain a second Companion Cube. You can then euthanize it instead of your own faithful companion, thereby tricking the Emergency Intelligence Incinerator and shattering another test subject's dreams for the future.

This YouTube video has the details:

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"deficiencies" - erm, you mean bugs? –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Nov 11 '11 at 21:56
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@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft - this looks intended, not a bug. Well, at least intended by Valve, if not by Aperture Science. –  ripper234 Dec 4 '11 at 15:25
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@ripper234: I'm not sure if I would consider "pushing a cube at an awkward angle through a wall edge into a portal" can be considered not a bug. I don't know what's going in that swap-maneuver, though, but it also looks like a bug in a trigger of some sort. –  Bobby May 16 '13 at 10:33

No, I'm afraid not. There's no way to take the companion cube outside this testing chamber, as the door will not open until you've dropped it in the incinerator.

Any stories you may hear about methods of circumventing this process are merely the fictions of devious minds, designed solely for the purpose of instilling false hope. It'll be better for everyone once you accept the inevitability of your hideous betrayal.

The video is propaganda advanced by dangerously bad test-subjects. It is clearly a violation of both the constraints and the intent of the test to employ exploits of this sort, and is frankly bad science.

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aww :( 8 more to go... –  acidzombie24 Nov 5 '11 at 1:39
    
you are such a buzzkill.. –  DrFish Nov 5 '11 at 1:54
    
So you say @Matthew's video is a fake? –  ripper234 Dec 4 '11 at 15:25
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@ripper234 I'm saying Matthew's video is propaganda advanced by dangerously bad test-subjects. It is clearly a violation of both the constraints and the intent of the test to employ exploits of this sort, and is frankly bad science. –  jsnlxndrlv Dec 4 '11 at 19:55

Yes, You can. There is a glitch where if you place both portals in the same place, it creates a gap in the wall. use this to walk right into the elevator room without opening the door. Step 1: Glitch out of the area near the euthanizer room (while carrying your cube) Step 2: Glitch into the elevator room (still have your cube?)

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