DVD Player Hacks...

dantec

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There is a note in the readme not to install the patch if you have a newer DVD drive that shipped with Powermacs and new iMacs (P-104). Does my original Quicksilver (i.e. Macworld New York) have a drive like this (system preferences says I have a P-103)?

Thanks for answering...
 

arn

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The original quicksilver should have the PVR-103.

arn
 

dantec

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I've just applied the patch... It doesn't make my drive region less (unless i'm missing something here...) but it reset the number of times I can reset my drive to 4 (thank goodness I had already used them all up before!).
 

dongmin

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works on Beige G3s?

A little off topic here but what's the best software player+hack combo for playing DVDs on my Beige G3. I've been using version 2.3 + hack and it works OK but I was wondering if there's something more recent.
 

dantec

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Originally posted by dantec
I've just applied the patch... It doesn't make my drive region less (unless i'm missing something here...) but it reset the number of times I can reset my drive to 4 (thank goodness I had already used them all up before!).
Okay... I found a utility to change my region whenever I want too!!! Cool! The only bad thing is that I must "reboot" into OS 9 to make it actually work...

Does anyone have an idea of a DVD-hack program that works with X?
 

Choppaface

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ya isnt region changing illegal? hence its not the smartest thing to put on the front page of a website.....?
 

Pepzhez

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Region changing is NOT illegal, despite what the MPAA would lead you to believe.

Be careful with using region changing software utilities. Although the software will continue to work, the drive itself will lock after (I believe) 4 or 5 cycles. You MUST flash the drive firmware to make it a region-free drive. You can get what you need here:

http://www.opuscc.com/download/index.shtml

(And, no, none of these apps and firmware updates are illicit!)

I have flashed well over 20 different drives and have never had a problem. Just make sure you get the correct firmware for your drive and follow all the instructions carefully.
 

atodd

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Flashing the Drive

I know this should be in a separate topic (and I know it's partially illegal) but how dangerous is it to flash a drive's firmware? I read somewhere that you could just force-quit the OS X DVD app to not save the zone change. Is this true? I have about 50 DVDs from 5 zones, so it's a bit of a bother to not be able to play them. Oh, and I have a Hitachi GD-7000 drive in my G4.
 

Beej

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Re: Flashing the Drive

Originally posted by atodd
I know this should be in a separate topic (and I know it's partially illegal) but how dangerous is it to flash a drive's firmware? I read somewhere that you could just force-quit the OS X DVD app to not save the zone change. Is this true? I have about 50 DVDs from 5 zones, so it's a bit of a bother to not be able to play them. Oh, and I have a Hitachi GD-7000 drive in my G4.
Just follow the instructions. I've done it with your drive no worries.

If you don't follow the instructions, you can screw the drive up and you have to get a new one.
 

Pepzhez

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Haven't heard about the OS X force quit trick, but then I've only been using OS X for two weeks now, so I don't know if that's true or not. Can anyone confirm this?

Using region-free flashing is as dangerous as using an official Apple firmware update. Just follow the instructions and all will be well. The only real worry would be that you'd be unfortunate enough to experience a power outage during the process, so don't try it during a thunderstorm! (I've never actually heard of this happening to anyone, but I suppose it conceivably could.)

The other alternative is to use DVD Extractor and mount the DVD on your harddrive. You can disable region checking with DVD Extractor (available from the link I listed above).
 

Pepzhez

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Ah, I see that 30 posts is the magic number. Now I'm officially a Macrumors member! Woo-hoo!
 

atodd

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no it doesnt

Unfortunately, the force-quit trick was just a bug in DVD player 3.0.x. Apple removed the (strangely useful) bug in 3.1.

I just flashed my drive successfully! Woohoo!
 

dantec

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One last thing... atodd was right, that bug was squashed when the released an update to the original version of the DVD player that came with 10.1.
 

Rower_CPU

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Re: Re: DVD Player Hacks...

Originally posted by Digidesign
Huh? Mac Bidouille? Isn't that the toilet thingy that sprays your butt? :D
Nope, that's a "bidet".
Bidouille means "do-it-yourselfing" according to the online translator I used. I'm not up on all the slang these days. Dommage.
 

Choppaface

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is it possible for a drive to already come region free? cuz I checked my once and it told me no change was necessary because it was already region free...this is a DVD-RAM though not a superdrive....did apple forget something or why would it be region free?
 

Beej

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Older drives tend to be region free. It seems strange that a DVD RAM drive is region free, but that's not to say that it isn't...
 

dantec

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Companies could sell "regionless" drives if they wished to before 2000. The new millenium brought us RCP-2 drives which are "regioned" and only allow you to change the region 5 times...
 

abe

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Where can I download the Apple DVD Player for MacOS X? On the Apple Website there's only the Update.
 

dantec

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abe if u own 10.1 it should have been installed... There is no download on the Apple site. Just an upgrade. If it wasn't installed (if you have an unsupported Mac or unsupported until recently Mac i.e. PowerMac PCI & Powerbook G3 Bronze & Wallstreet) the installer did not install the DVD app. You need to forage around in the 10.1 CD see if you can find it there...
 

abe

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I have a new G4/800 with CDRW and no DVD drive. I couldn't find the DVD player.app on the hd neither the cd. I had a copy of the Apple DVD Player but deleted it by accident. I can't install it from the installation cd because there's no internal dvd drive. So I hope to get a full DVD Player.app to patch it and use a DVD drive over the network ...