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Do Powerbooks automatically change DVD regions?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by colinp, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    My girlfriends Powerbook is from Japan, so is region 2. I tried putting in an iDVD made DVD from my US (region 1) Powerbook and it came up with a screen saying it wasn't compatible (I thought iDVD made region free DVDs... I chose NOT to change her Powerbooks region.

    After taking the DVD out and putting it back in a few more times (always choosing NOT to change the region), I decided to try running it in VLC. It worked in VLC. I decided to try other region 1 DVDs, and they all worked. I thought that was a bit fishy, and I found that her powerbook is now region 1. Did VLC automatically change the settings of the Powerbook? Does Apple have it set to automatically change after a few attempts? Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors regular

    No you have to manually change it and put your password in.
  3. macrumors regular

    Doesnt it lock after 5 trys :confused:
  4. macrumors G4

    Something like that.
  5. macrumors member

    Lock as in it changes automatically, but if I were to put in another region 2 disc I would be able to switch it back (albeit after using up one of the 5 changes)..?

    Thanks sagain for the help!
  6. macrumors 65816


    The drive will not be able to be changed (locked) after setting it 5 times.

    Example -
    1st: Region 2
    2nd: Region 1
    3rd: Region 5
    4th: Region 3
    5th: Region 4

    It will be region 4 forever more (unless you hack and flash it). Never heard of a drive switching without user input. Are you sure you didn't okay it to switch the region on one of the "in & outs"?
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    Staff Member

    Your home-made DVDs should be region-free :confused:
  8. macrumors newbie

    How to "hack and flash it"?

  9. macrumors 65816


    Depends on the drive. The easiest is to mount the drive in a PC and run a software script through windows. There's some Mac based flashers but not many. They have to be specifically for your drive, if not all hell can break loose. Also, if there's any hiccup the drive is toast. Google: flash DVD drive, and I imagine there'll be tonnes of links to work you through it
  10. macrumors 68040


    vlc doesnt care about regions... dvd player does
  11. macrumors 6502a


    On the DVD side, you can strip the region code with MacTheRipper, and reburn the image for a region-free DVD.
  12. Moderator


    Staff Member

    That's what he thought too. ;)

    Just checked one of mine, yup definitely region free. weird.:confused: Perhaps the drive itself if flaky?

  13. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Yeah, I was confirming it, although the :confused: didn't help.

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