Playing DVD First Time

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ttibsen, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. ttibsen macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2005
    The following pops up when I tried to play a DVD on my new iMac.


    The Drive Region Code must be initialized before playing

    You can only change the Drive Region Code 5 more times


    Huh? Can anyone expand on this for me? What the heck is a Drive Region Code? Which one should I set it on? Once set, why would I ever bother changing it?


  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Each country (well, really each region) has a different DVD code. If the DVD you're playing is fully legitimate, it'll be the right code and you wont have to worry about this again. If not, you've got five more tries to get the right code in before it locks onto whatever your sixth disk has.

    See here for more. :)
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Basically it's to stop you going to Asia and buying a movie for quarter of the price - the movie companies want to make as much money as possible.

    I don't know all the codes off the top of my head but the common ones are:

    1 - USA and Canada
    2 - UK and Europe
    4 - Australia and NZ

    Apple is actually breaching the NZ Fair Trading Act by region-locking their systems, but now I'm getting off topic :rolleyes:

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