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#1 jennii

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:33 PM

I was wondering if there was any way to make my DVD/burner/player all regions.
I need the answer in simple english..I am 72 and really need it simple at the moment it is
locked on Region1, or do I need to buy a new DVD for my computer and keep that one for Region4
jennii

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:53 PM

There is a firmware piece of software (I forget the name) that will allow you to set your device to a Region FREE state.

I'll post it if I can remember it.

In the meantime, don't go bothering your region settings, because all computer cd\dvd drives have been designed to allow the changing of the Region only 5 times. After 5 times, your player/burner will no longer work... even if you install it into another computer.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 11:55 PM

Edit: I see walkman beat me. Oh well. He has a good point. This below is just if you only need to change the region once, which may work for you. But the region free state is the better idea.


But with dvd players, it is set to a region and I think you can only change it 4 or 5 times. You can buy software to disable or change it or change it yourself (if you have remaining changes left)

1. Right click my computer and go to properties
2. Go to the hardware tab and click on device manager
3. Go into DVD/CD-Rom drives tab
4. Double click on your dvd player
5. Go the the DVD Region tab
6. Select a region and push ok


Not the best tutorial ive done... And it might be a little different due to your hardware.

good luck.

Edited by nforce, 01 February 2007 - 11:57 PM.


#4 jennii

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 10:45 AM

There is a firmware piece of software (I forget the name) that will allow you to set your device to a Region FREE state.

I'll post it if I can remember it.

In the meantime, don't go bothering your region settings, because all computer cd\dvd drives have been designed to allow the changing of the Region only 5 times. After 5 times, your player/burner will no longer work... even if you install it into another computer.



can I post my answer here to both of you...I did as the other guy suggested, and it said I had no changes left, and I couldn't add another region either, locked in means locked in damn...Seems I must get another DVD player for region 4..they are the regions I mostly use 1-4.. Thanks so much for the quick responses lol
I had to go find it, posted my message in the wrong place.So much I don't know, all I had to do was click on the subject and it took me to my question. Will the freeware you mentioned let me change my DVD even though I can't do it with instructions I had?

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 11:11 AM

I believe so.... let me check for you. I'm almost certain. Don't throw it out or buy another one,,, yet.

Let me dig into my pile of info I keep for times like this.

It's not funny, but I told you what would happen if you went beyond the allowed changes. As a matter of fact, I believe Windows explains that when you go into the Region settings of your dvd/cd.

Unless someone posts the info I'm talking about, just keep this post available to you. I'll post back soon.

[Added Info]
The firmware you need is called rpc1.
You can learn more about it here:
http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=239

and check here for your model:
http://tdb.rpc1.org/

more info to help you to understand the process a bit more
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/articles/Hardwar...ve_region_free/

And last, but not least, you can use DVD Shrink (it's FREE) , and it'll make your dvd's region free.
http://www.dvdshrink.org/what.html

Just use it to backup your dvd and tell it to back it up region free.

I just now learned that burners made within the last 3 years will burn region free. You'll need to verify it by your make/model. But it's totally different from playing a dvd from a different region.

I know this is a mouthful of info, but better to have enough than not enough info.

Hope this helps!.

Edited by Walkman, 02 February 2007 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:04 PM


There is a firmware piece of software (I forget the name) that will allow you to set your device to a Region FREE state.

I'll post it if I can remember it.

In the meantime, don't go bothering your region settings, because all computer cd\dvd drives have been designed to allow the changing of the Region only 5 times. After 5 times, your player/burner will no longer work... even if you install it into another computer.



can I post my answer here to both of you...I did as the other guy suggested, and it said I had no changes left, and I couldn't add another region either, locked in means locked in damn...Seems I must get another DVD player for region 4..they are the regions I mostly use 1-4.. Thanks so much for the quick responses lol
I had to go find it, posted my message in the wrong place.So much I don't know, all I had to do was click on the subject and it took me to my question. Will the freeware you mentioned let me change my DVD even though I can't do it with instructions I had?



Thanks for that information...about the dvd free url's

I will need help with all that will have my son try it out, a lot cheaper than buying a new DVD
and I'm a little timid about doing things like that. I have printed it all out so with any luck I will pop back in one day and say all is well Thanks very much will definitedly get back to you on the end result....jennii

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:07 PM

Not URL's, but programs to help free up my DVD... jennii

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Posted 06 February 2007 - 08:51 AM

Not free but DVD Region+CSS Free is worth a look.
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:53 PM

There is a firmware piece of software (I forget the name) that will allow you to set your device to a Region FREE state.

I'll post it if I can remember it.

In the meantime, don't go bothering your region settings, because all computer cd\dvd drives have been designed to allow the changing of the Region only 5 times. After 5 times, your player/burner will no longer work... even if you install it into another computer.


Thank you for your help..I now have a program for this problem

jennii




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