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Old 07-27-04, 02:01 PM
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DVD Player Problem

Greetings...

This question has probably been asked before, if so refer me to the relevant thread...

My DVD player's region has been fixed to region 1 which is quite crap because I live in Europe and most of my DVDs are PAL.

Apparently you have 5 chances but these chances never materialised (according to my brother), so if there's a way to change the region I'd be grateful if someone could tell me how.

No, my dvd player or computer isn't 2nd hand. I'm using Microsoft XP.

Thanks for looking.
Old 07-27-04, 07:18 PM
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What Dvd player are you using? Not sure if your Dvd drive is fixed to region 1, then you might need a hacked bios for your Dvd drive.
Old 07-27-04, 08:40 PM
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I'm not sure what DVD player I'm using nor am I sure how to find out, sorry. My DVD is indeed fixed to region 1; it tells me when I insert a region 2 dvd disc.

Using my research skills I found there was a program called DVD Region + Css Free that eradicated this problem. I know this because I installed the trial version (it only allows 15 minutes play of your dvd also). The full version requires money, a jobless teenager student guy cannot afford this therefore I'm bollocked.

I need help, desperately.

Thanks for looking.
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Get something called DVDInfo or DVDInfo Pro. Find out what your drive is. Then we might be able to tell you where to get new firmware for your burner.

However you will also need to address the issue of your software player locking the region as well.
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My DVD player is an IDE DVD-ROM 16x.

This is very strange...

It says it's at region code 2 and it has 4 changes left (for vendor and user)

However, I have used 2 Pal DVDs and they both don't work on Power DVD and On Windows Media Player 10. 2 of my american DVDs do work. The 2 pal dvds work on my ps2 and are authentic real dvds I bought myself.

Additional info:

Firmware Revision : 2.40
Loader type : Magazine
Internal interface : ATAPI-3
Old 07-27-04, 09:36 PM
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It very well could be your software player that's locked. There are unlockers for them. It's PowerDVD?

If it's your drive you need a manufacturer/model to get further help.

You might be able to use the Device Manager to give you that info too.
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It's power dvd. OK, what should I do next?
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Give this a try:

http://www.inmatrix.com/genie/
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"Troubleshooting:
Region Changing will not work on RPC2 Drives (DVD Drives that are locked in hardware to a specific region). For more information on this issue see the Firmware Information Page. "

The genie thing doesn't work.
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I'm afraid you may not understand the difference between Region 2 and RPC2. They really don't have anything to do with each other in this context.

Did you try the software?
Old 07-28-04, 10:14 AM
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Region 2 is to play pal dvds and rpc2 means your dvd drive can be locked to a region after a number of changes.

I quoted that thing up there off the genie website.

Look...."DVD Genie only supports region free DVD drive. If your DVD drive is region protected (RPC-2), you should try DVD Region-Free to watch all region DVDs. "

My drive is rpc2 and is stuck on region 1.

I installed DVD Genie and it doesn't work. Is there a way to solve my problem without paying cash or flashing my dvd drive which seesm to be risky?
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The information you posted earlier ("It says it's at region code 2 and it has 4 changes left (for vendor and user)") seemed to imply that your drive had not been locked yet and it was a software issue.

If your drive is locked you have to flash it or pay cash. I flash. Or I use two DVD-ROM drives.
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Check out www.rpc1.org
Even if your drive is locked you should be able to reflash it with new firmware, or just flash it with firmware which is region free

Their forum there is also much better handled to fix your problem.
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Yes but if it's just my software why does it happen on windows media player aswell?

Breaux, I have been on that site before and I searched for my firmware. My DVD is said to be an IDC, browsing the firmware library there is no firmware for a dvd player of the IDC make.
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Originally posted by Genghis Khan
Yes but if it's just my software why does it happen on windows media player aswell?
I believe that there's a system setting that indicates how many times the region has been changed. Different players may look at that instead of just how many times they have changed regions to prevent deinstalling/reinstalling players to get back to 0.

That's why I recommended at least trying the region changing software to see where the problem lies. But it does appear to be at the drive level.

Did you try those drive identifiers to see if another name for your drive came up?
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Yes I got DVDInfoPro and it tells me the dvd drive is called IDC. That's where I got all that info from before.

Can you elaborate on this region changing software?
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Originally posted by Genghis Khan
Can you elaborate on this region changing software?
That was DVD Genie.

What brand is your computer? Your DVD-ROM came installed in it, right?
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Right there's no brand, the pc was made with separate parts. The DVD ROM came with it, yes.

I also told you I did use DVD Genie and it doesn't work.
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Originally posted by Genghis Khan
I also told you I did use DVD Genie and it doesn't work.
I know you said that. DVD Genie only handles the software player region changing problem, not the drive's. There are other products that handle the drive's region-locking but they aren't free.

I can't find anything about that brand (if it is a brand) drive. Your best bet would probably be looking for another drive to add to your system. Then you could have two region-locked drives, each set to one of the regions you watch.
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Sorry, the brand is IDE, my mistake.
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IDE is the interface type, not a brand.

How about telling us what it says just under the "Drive Information" label on the right side of the panel in DVDInfo Pro?
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I already told you...

IDE DVD-ROM 16x.
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Originally posted by Genghis Khan
I already told you...

IDE DVD-ROM 16x.
Ok, that's extremely generic and not at all helpful in terms of firmware updates.

My drive says "PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-120S". You might verify that's the only name available for it in the Device Manager.
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How do I get into device manager?
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OK, I'm there, my CDRW is ATAPI and again it says my DVD drive is IDE DVD_ROM 16X.

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