Brand New Matshita Superdrive and its region locked??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thefoodie, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. thefoodie, Jun 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2011

    thefoodie macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    I had my DVD drive replaced in my 15 Inch MBP by Apple the other day - it wouldn't burn DVDs so they put in a brand new Superdrive - great!

    Previously the DVD drive was region locked - as this is my first Mac I didn't realise that you can get Region X to keep the superdrive region free.

    So now that I have a new DVD drive in my MBP, I downloaded Region X 2.1 and it still won't work, even though its a brand new drive which I haven't set a region on. I get a message from Region X saying Superdrive is not region free and application is shutting down.

    Using DVD Info 3, I get the following output.

    Vendor = MATSHITA
    Model = DVD-R UJ-868
    Firmware = KB19
    Status = RPC-2 (region locked)
    Region = Not set yet

    Changes left = 5 Vendor resets left = 2

    I dont understand? Anyone have similar issues and can help me out here?

  2. jlc1978 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2009
    Region X only works with region free drives - Google Region X and your drive model and you'll see what I mean.

    Region X basically replaces the drive's region setting but needs a region free drive to work properly, as the firmware otherwise rejects DVD's with the wrong regional coding.
  3. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    Correct, and region free does not mean region not been set, it's a different thing called an RPC1 drive, all drives as sold now have to be RPC2, and have been for many years now, so they need firmware hacking to turn them into RPC1 ( or RPC2 auto reset in some cases ).

    RPC1 means the regioning is handled by the OS/software, RPC2 means it's handled by the drive.
  4. thefoodie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011

    So I need to wait until there has been a firmware hack for KB19 and then make my drive RPC1 or RPC2 (no region set) and then I can install Region X?

    I have heard that messing with your DVD firmware can go wrong and so I guess I should wait until my Apple care runs out before doing this?

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