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Attn TOSHIBA SD-3900 owners: No need for the remote code anymore!

Old 01-19-04, 10:19 PM
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Attn TOSHIBA SD-3900 owners: No need for the remote code anymore!

Sorry if this has been posted before, but after going on DVDRHelp over the weekend I noticed someone used an easily-available firmware to permanently "upgrade" the Toshiba 3900 to Region Free.

It's VERY easy (just burn to a CDR, insert, hit "O" and that's it!), and saves you from ever having to try the damn MENU+1/TOP-MENU+1 code ever again!

Check it out all the way down of the bottom of the page at

http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvdhacks.php...Toshiba+SD3900

cheers,
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Old 01-19-04, 11:00 PM
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Just tried this, worked like a charm! I tried an R3 and an R2 PAL disc, both loaded up on their own without me having to do anything. Thanks alot HockeyMan2000.
Old 01-19-04, 11:18 PM
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You're very welcome Fandango. I love this board and wanted to make sure everyone else here knew about it (as I know there are a lot of 3900 owners here!).
Old 01-20-04, 10:01 AM
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Has anyone who's tried this noticed anything odd occur, or any change in video quality? Kind of reluctant to do this, as it's a firmware for a different machine. Wouldn't want it to mess up any other part of my 3900.
Old 01-20-04, 11:36 AM
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Anyone know if the 3950 is any different and if it works with it? Co-worker got that model and knowing if that works will make him happy.
Old 01-20-04, 12:29 PM
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renaldow, I wouldn't worry as I don't think it is actually a firmware, the screen that comes up is just a region select screen, it lets you pick from region 0-6 and then you save with the pause button.
Old 01-20-04, 02:42 PM
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Thanks HockeyMan2000 for the information. Just burned a disc and it worked great! I will have to see if the 3900 will play my region 2 copy of the Deer Hunter now. One of the few DVDs that wouldn't work with the remote hack.
Old 01-20-04, 03:47 PM
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There is a file also avaible for the Toshiba 4900. Just change the search on the dvdrhelp website
Old 01-20-04, 04:52 PM
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I just got a chance awhile ago to try my R2 copy of the Deer Hunter special edition and it will now play on the Toshiba 3900. Have to say this hack makes the Toshiba an even better mutli region player then before.
Old 01-20-04, 05:28 PM
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I can't access the dvdrhelp website now. I couldn't download the file until I got home.
Old 01-20-04, 08:02 PM
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Success! Tested with R3 Resurrection of Little Match Girl and R2 Wonder Woman.....no more fiddling with the remote. Thanks! (now going to install on basement 3900)
Old 01-20-04, 08:32 PM
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This isn't new firmware for the player, though it does change a setting in the firmware. It simply writes to the section of the firmware that stores the region code. Looks very harmless and worked fine on my player.
Old 01-21-04, 08:03 AM
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I tried it, it worked. Excellent post! Now the CH 500 that was sitting below it can be taken away, and my wife can watch whatever DVD she wants without me being harassed about how I can get it to play but she can't!!

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Old 01-21-04, 10:33 PM
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I tried it and it works great. I'm glad I didn't get rid of the Toshiba for the Philips 727.
Old 01-22-04, 12:47 AM
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Fantastic!

Just one question, do you need to switch back to region 1 for RCE discs? I'm assuming it's easily done by using the cdr again and setting to 1.
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The few Columbia RCE titles (6th day, Charlie's Angels) I tried worked fine set to R0. The 727 is still a useful player as it's optical pickup is far superior at reading poorly replicated/scratched discs.
Old 01-22-04, 12:31 PM
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Is the Philips any good at reading DVD-Rs? I've read conflicting opinions. As much as I love my Toshiba 3900, it doesn't handle most of the DVD-R's I've burned in my Panasonic DVD Recorder.....which DO play on other machines I own.
Old 01-22-04, 07:29 PM
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Play SVCD

Play SVCD on the Toshiba SD-3900.

player on with NO DISK message in drive, then press the following sequence on remote:

PAUSE, 1, 4, 7, 2

The SD 3900 will display on the screen:

55 53 00 47 14 55 64 FF
(important that you write this number down and don't lose it!)

press LEFT arrow x4 (the value at the top should now correspond with the 4th value from the left in the middle of the screen)

press 6 and hold to change to F

press RIGHT and press 4 and hold to change to D

The screen will display:

55 53 00 47 14 55 FD FF

Now turn off the player and turn it back on.

I tried a SVCD before the hack and a message displayed "Check Disk"
I used the hack and the same SVCD. Popped it back into the player and it plays perfectly.

If you are uncomfortable with the hack, you can always change it back. Just follow the directions.

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Old 01-22-04, 08:55 PM
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Just tried the hack, worked perfectly with no problems, thanks alot Match! Between the region free CDR hack and this SVCD one it feels like I have a whole new player now.
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Thanks. It worked on my 3900. If anyone's interested, I created a *.nrg file from the CD I used. Unzip it and burn it to CD with Nero:
*.nrg file - burn to CD with Nero

After burning the image file with Nero, follow the other instructions from dvdrhelp:

4. Inserted the burned CD into the dvd, wait for the menu on the LCD of the dvd.

5. Pressed "0" then "PAUSE", turned the dvd OFF

6. That's it !!!, REGION FREE.

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Old 01-23-04, 11:43 AM
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Does this work on a 3950?
Old 01-24-04, 12:27 AM
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Originally posted by richard98
Thanks. It worked on my 3900. If anyone's interested, I created a *.nrg file from the CD I used. Unzip it and burn it to CD with Nero:
*.nrg file - burn to CD with Nero

After burning the image file with Nero, follow the other instructions from dvdrhelp:

4. Inserted the burned CD into the dvd, wait for the menu on the LCD of the dvd.

5. Pressed "0" then "PAUSE", turned the dvd OFF

6. That's it !!!, REGION FREE.
Thanks your Nero file worked perfectly, I love this player even more now
Old 01-24-04, 12:38 AM
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Was going to get the 3950, but went with the 4900 because of the extra controls on the front. Just in-case i misplace my remote. The co-worker i know really likes the 3950 and was a pretty good deal for what it does.
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Do you NEED Nero for this to work? Can you use a different CD burner to burn it?

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No, I used a different program (Sony CD Extreme) and it worked fine.

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