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Old 08-13-01, 01:15 PM
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What is the best player for my DVD-ROM?

I'm not sure where this should be asked, but it seems DVD-ROM section is the most logical...Though this is technically a software question, not a hardware one...

I've got a DVD-ROM drive and can play DVDs with software playback. One of my programs indicates that I can choose which region the DVD is from, but it says something like there is a 5-time limit (so I can only change it five times). I figure I can maybe lock this into one region, and then use this player for that region specifically; and use another player for other regions. But I'd prefer one player that can play any region, PAL or NTSC. Is such a player available? If so, where can I get it?

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Old 08-13-01, 01:24 PM
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use DVD Genie to select your region for whatever player you want, no limit on # of changes
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You'll need a regionless DVD-ROM or one that is flashed to be regionless. Otherwise the DVD-ROM will only play the last (after 5 selections) region.
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Oh, so DVD-ROMs are just like the regular players in terms of a limit to number of times a region can be changed? This is the so-called firmware, right? The RPC2? Okay, I'll look into this.

Thanks for the replies, people...

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Originally posted by aeron
Oh, so DVD-ROMs are just like the regular players in terms of a limit to number of times a region can be changed? This is the so-called firmware, right? The RPC2? Okay, I'll look into this.
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Okay, here's the deal: I have an old drive which is Region-free, RPC1. I verified this with the DriveInfo program.

I then place a disc in my drive and run the software program PowerDVD. It pops up a window asking me to specify the region--and indicating that there are 4 more changes left. Yet I thought I had a region-free drive...Does this mean that it will lock into a region anyway?
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Originally posted by aeron
Does this mean that it will lock into a region anyway?
No. Only PowerDVD will. And that, you get around by using DVD Genie.
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Okay, thanks, X!

One last thing: do I have to worry about NTSC vs. PAL at all with my computer?
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No. Just worry that you might enjoy it too much.
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Great! Thanks to mdX and X! I appreciate the help, and I think I'm all set now!
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anyone know where i can buy the pioneer 105s slot loading dvdrom drive?
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Originally posted by phantom_azazel
anyone know where i can buy the pioneer 105s slot loading dvdrom drive?
As opposed to the 106s?
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As opposed to the 106s?
which one is better?
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Old 08-14-01, 01:19 AM
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Originally posted by phantom_azazel

which one is better?
Well, the 106s is a newer version and is capable of higher speeds. It depends on what you're doing with it. If you want an all-purpose drive, the 106s, with its availability, is probably the way to go. I haven't tried it myself, but there appears to be a regionless firmware patch for it. I have used the regionless patch for the 105s and it works very well.

But if your goal is a quiet drive used mainly for DVD playback, either an earlier Pioneer drive like the 10x or 6x speeds would be the way to go, or another brand such as Toshiba (but it's not a slot-loader). The slower, older Pioneers are very hard to find, except for the expensive SCSI versions, and I'd love to have one. The Toshiba, and some other brands can be made to run slower and quieter by running a speed regulation program. Unfortunately the speed regulation program doesn't work with the Pioneers.
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i think ill go with the 106s, where can i find it?
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i think ill go with the 106s, where can i find it?
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