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When I'm in the code hacking minigame, I always see "3 attempts remaining" at the bottom of the screen. I'm not sure how this is used though.

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In my experience, if I run my cursor into a red section, it removes one piece I've already hacked. If I do that when I don't have any pieces hacked, I get locked out of the system, and can't attempt a hack again. So where does the 3 attempts remaining come in?

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It's been a long time since I played Mass Effect 2, but what happens if you pick a non-red square that doesn't match the target? I think it lowers attempts remaining, but I'm not positive on that.

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Oh, duh, that's really obvious in retrospect. I just never have screwed that up (though I am really good at running my cursor into red sections). –  Sterno Feb 6 '12 at 4:38
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