DVD´s from different countries

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by annk, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I have a new PB, and want to be able to watch PAL DVD´s produced here in Norway as well as NTSC´s from the US. I see that the computer is warning me each time I pop one in that I only have a few times to switch back and forth before it´s locked forever. Is there anyway around that? I thought I could just have two programs (DVD player and VLC, for instance, which I already have) and have one be set for one type and one for the other, but I see the setting is on a different level and this doesn´t "fool" the computer.

    If there´s no way around this problem, is it possible for me to rip the American DVD´s without the computer needing to see which format they are (with Handbrake?? I have it, but haven´t used it yet) to the PAL format, or even to Divx, in order to avoid the problem? I will be seeing many fewer NTSC´s than PAL´s, but there are a few I´ll want to watch regularly...

  2. heyadol macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2004
    There are ways to make your DVD drive region free (RPC-1) but it will void your warranty. I did it so I could watch R2 discs on my R1 machine but my warranty was previously voided so i didn't care.


    Search for your drive, cross your fingers and flash your firmware if you are willing to risk the consequences (which will be listed in the readme).
  3. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    Region free your DVD-ROM only solves half the problem. You have to region free the player that's playing the DVD as well. Since I use my PC for viewing DVDs, I can't tell you how to hardware and software region free your PB. I'm sure a lot of people knows around here.

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