DVD regions - can they be changed??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scubabeano, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. scubabeano macrumors member

    scubabeano

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    I have a lovely shiny G4 powerbook - the only problem is that i travel a lot so would like to watch DVDs from all over the world without the region being set permanently. Can anyone help me out? :confused:
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You need hacked firmware and Region X

    If you tell exactly which drive you have in your PowerBook we might be able to help with the Firmware too.

    This probably has some Firmware for you..
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    You can change the region 5 times and then it becomes locked into the region you selected last.

    I believe, however, that VLC will play DVD's from any region without having to change the DVD region, I am not 100% sure about this however.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Na. With region free firmware and Region X you can reset that counter and change the region any number of times you want. I know as this is the setup I have :)
     
  5. scubabeano thread starter macrumors member

    scubabeano

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    thanks very much! I'm on my friends PC right now, so don't know what's in my powerbook, i'll check it out after the weekend.
    What's a VLC?
     
  6. scubabeano thread starter macrumors member

    scubabeano

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    My drive is the Superdrive you get with the G4 powerbook

    edit* that's a kinda non-specific, pointless thing to add, huh? :p
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    VLC = Video LAN Client

    It's a media player that will play just about anything...
     
  8. tobio macrumors regular

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    on the region X site it says in big red letters that it only works if you have a region free dvd drive.

    My old powerbook had a combo drive - CD writer, DVD read only. That was already region free out of the box!

    My current powerbook has a superdrive (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-825) and that is not region free, and it doesn't look like it easily can be made that way :-(

    I think the firmware is apple-specific, so if I put PC firmware on I could stuff it up. look up your firmware on www.rpc1.org, if you can region free patch it, then you can do pretty much whatever you like with your dvds!
     
  9. assscat macrumors regular

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    But there are risks involved in flashing the firmware, so beware. If anything interrupts the flashing process then it may well mean an expensive i.e. out-of-warranty trip to Apple.

    On the other hand, many people have successfully flashed their firmware, so the choice is up to you!
     

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