View Full Version : Getting/Setting DVD drive video region w/o inserting disc

Dec 1, 2011, 04:48 PM
So we upgraded the DVD drive on our 100+ mac pro workstations, but the drives come uninitialized, so we have to manually go to each workstation and insert a disc and set the region, not a fun process.

It looks like Apples DVD playback framework can get/set the disc drive, but ONLY if there is a disc inserted, which defeats the purpose.

Is there any other way of getting/setting the DVD drives video region without having to insert a disc? I am willing to do a little programming, I just need to know if it's possible, and if so, what frameworks I need to use.

Aug 14, 2012, 02:40 AM
Hey just for the record, i have tested this on many Macs and it works.
actually Apple deleted my post on their forums maybe because i found out...
but here is the solution once and for all without software or firmware or flashrom and all that nonsense.


first remove folder in - User/Libary/Application Support/DVD Player : trash the seetings folder inside.
second remove file in - User/Libary/Prefrences : com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist - trash that file
Third go to Application Right click on DVD Player, choose SHOW PACKAGE CONTENTS - trash the folder inside the DVD PLayer. Empty the trash. now you can play any dvd from any region forever. Region Free Drive.
You cant use the dvd player anymore but the system thinks it still there. So Use the VLC player.
Hope this is helpful for every one.

PS: if you cant find the 'hidden' User/Libary - folder here is the way to make it visible again in your user folder.

Show User ~/Library in OS X Lion & Mountain Lion
Launch Terminal from Spotlight or Launchpad -> Utilities, and enter the following command to show or hide the directory:
chflags nohidden ~/Library/

that's it. good viewing out there.

Jul 21, 2014, 03:38 AM
Wow, thank you!

It's an old post, but I had to comment because I've been looking for a multi-region solution to my mac's drive that wasn't too drastic or risky. This worked a treat.