Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:55 AM
You want to check the region code of the dvd drive.
So high light the windows start button, right click on the explore option, select your dvd drive and right click on properties. Highlight the dvd drive under the hardware tab and again select properties than select region. If you live in the US it should read one (1). If it doesn't than you won't be able to read any dvd you have purchased in the states.
I have the same issue with a Samsung SH-S203B purchased from NewEgg. Some how or another the region code has changed, or been changed, from what I selected when I installed XP Pro on the new build that the dvd drive is installed in. I hadn't used the drive to play dvd's until last week which is when I discovered the problem. I've also installed the new firmware which works fine but still no joy.
According to the properties window for the drive I'm at region 2 but have three changes remaining. Attempts to change the code have failed. A search of the msft kb, the net, and the samsung website have not yet yielded a solution other than the code may be a burn-in firmware issue that is set at the factory and therefore not changeable.
Anybody out there having the same problem with this particular drive? Any solutions or is this an rma item?