Partial answer (in the process of building):
I'm working on the manual.
After all the title says "RTFM" which stands for Read The F$&*(# Manual
The manual, without any interpretation says:
Alien Safe Manual
1. Set the switch to mode #2
2. Run x Times
3. Set the switch to mode #1
4. Run 2 times
5. Set the switch to mode #3
6. Run ? time
7. Change to mode #?
8. Run ? time(?)
This order word mode changes
This mode changes ? order
This mode shifts ?
Mode #1 in the manual would logically become
"This mode changes word order" which (if you look at position reallocation) lines up with 15423; conveniently at much less work than the previous answers used to arrive at that.
Notice that in Step 6
it says Run ? Time. This is able to be noticed because the 's' is missing in a font that takes up even spacing for each letter. This means it has to be a single Run 1 time. You can also see a 1 somewhat faded out in the whitespace
Notice that Step 8
is worded differently. I think there may be a clue here
Mode #2 aligns with "running two times" due to the work in another answer; summarized below:
From user feelinferrety: The individual letter sets can be made into real words by feeding them through the machine twice on what I believe is Mode 1. Taking TEHEM and rearranging its letters based on the pipe tracks (12345→15423) gets you TMEEH. Feeding the result through again gets you THEME.
This implies that Mode #2 says:
This mode changes Letter Order
What I believe is implied by the above and
the wiring diagram is that both Mode 1 and Mode 2 use the 15423 conversion; but #2 operates on letters (we have evidence for that) and the other on Words (I've now shown evidence of that)
Changing the order of the words once gives us:
Theme Erect Angle Ether Antic
but it says to perform it twice so
Theme Antic Ether Erect Angle
I believe that you're then supposed to Run Mode #3 once which is:
Take the Shifting he provided for the ILied image and use it on the words provided? -05↓ -10↑ -14↑ +09↑ +03↑ I didn't perform more than a few letters yet as it seemed like nonsense.
I believe that Step 7 says:
Change to mode #2, based on the imprint of what was in the picture when I viewed it
Thus, Where I'm at so far with the Manual
Alien Safe Manual
- Set the switch to mode #2
- Run 2 Times (evidenced by another answer that applying 15423 twice gives you words)
- Set the switch to mode #1
- Run 2 times
- Set the switch to mode #3
- Run 1 time
- Change to mode #2 (fairly confident this is a 2 because there are vague impressions of a due in the space remaining)
Run 2 times (less confident, but it seems the original impressions of his image before the burns left an imprint of a 2 and an 's')
This mode changes word order (via the 15423 algorithm)
This mode changes letter order (via the 15423 algorithm)
This mode shifts ?
I believe SVTDP is a transform of Force somehow. The title suggests this. Additionally, if you take the transform -05↓ -10↑ -14↑ +09↑ +03↑ and you add it up you get -17; which if you then add the number-conversion of SVTDP to; you get 64 I believe. When you add up FORCE you get 63. This seems awefully close to be a coincidence and is likely a 1-off error on my part in there
I suspect but haven't been able to figure out, that each of the English words given are somehow able to be turned into SVTDP. As in, maybe Theme is able to be turned into S. Like the english words being a validation step for getting part of the algorithm right and like the monitor telling you about wireframe mode, the keyboard saying Nice Try and the image telling you "Ilied"; i believe that the word-transform into those letters is maybe a validation step in showing that you've landed on a piece of the correct algorithm.