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Tracker, I recently had the same question myself (though about a different brand of meter). What I could find is that meters don't have an expiration date as such, but that the batteries do need replacing periodically and that exposure over time to dust, dirt, moisture, and static electricity can mess up what's inside (as it does for pretty much all electronics).

In your situation, I would try a new set of batteries (ones you know are fairly fresh) and see if that doesn't fix the problem. I'm assuming you've already checked that the strips are good?
 

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I do use control solution with my (Agamatrix) meter -- well, occasionally. The problem with control solution is that it's priced like liquid platinum and the bottle is only good a few weeks after opening and using just a few drops. So it's great that it works (it's always come up where it should for my testing) but if you have to buy it out of your own pocket, you might be better off just buying solution when you have an actual problem or ensuring that your meter readings are syncing with tests at the doctor's office. Just my humble opinion.
 
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