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Powerbook DVD region

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Sic, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Sic
    macrumors 6502

    is the DVD drive in a powerbook region-free? i'm going to order some anime DVDs and the reg 1's are better, but i don't know if they'll play on my player.

    is there any way i can find out if i have a region-specific drive?
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    I believe it is still limited to 5 or less changes like all other drives.

    If you don't mind 3rd party programs, it is said that you can use VLC to watch any DVD from any region without having issues..

  3. Sic
    macrumors 6502

    cool i never knew that about VLC. i use that to play DVDs anyway, but i've never put any other region than 2 into it.

    thanks for your post :)
  4. macrumors 601



    awesome place to get anime :p
  5. macrumors 603


    I'm afraid that this is no longer true with newer Apple hardware
  6. macrumors 6502a


    yep vlc does not work anymore on new hardware so unless there is a hack which i dont belive there is were screwed :eek:
  7. macrumors 601


    What did they change which break VLC compatibility?

    It still works ok on my Windoze box
  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Thanks I read further into the link to verify this, and I attempted to load a DVD encoded to the UK to test. My iBook would not let me bypass the region setting issue so I had to abort.

    It isn't VLC that changed, something in the drives chipset makes VLC incompatible with bypassing the DVD region settings. However it all depends on the brand and type of drive from what posters on OS X hints are referring to. Looks like DVD manufacturers have raised the bar again. Hopefully VLC will ketch up and give us back some freedom.

    The link I posted in regards to this topic on OS X hints goes into some detail further down the page.
  9. macrumors 6502


    As far as I know all new Macs are limited to that 5 region changes, and the last region that you placed (5th) it will be block and you’ll only be able to play that region for ever...
  10. macrumors 603


    would it work to use MacTheRipper to rip the DVD to your hard drive and watch that? (if you own the DVD you're well within your rights to make a copy for personal viewing, by my understanding anyway.) I'm just not sure where the region setting of the drive interrupts the playing of the thing.

    what a silly little trick. like limiting where a DVD is playable is going to do anything to prevent piracy...
  11. macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    I don't think that was the purpose of the zone system. I think the movie companies wanted to retain the ability to release films at different times in different parts of the world.

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