DVD player in G4 tower set to wrong region

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by thomasp, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. thomasp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004

    We have a Dual 867MHz G4 MDD (combo drive) running OSX 10.2.8. We're in the UK, which is Region 2 for DVD's.

    Somehow (probably by accidentally playing a Region 1 disc) the drive is stuck on region 1, and refuses to be changed to region 2.

    When I click on "Set region now", I get the attached error message. When I click on OK, the region 2 DVD gets ejected.

    How can I set the G4 so as it will play region 2 DVD's again?

    Thanks for the help :)

    Attached Files:

  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Try using VLC media player, it overlooks the region coding or something spooky like that but it works, I use DVDs from all over on my iBook and it's never missed a beat.
  3. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    Is ther any solution that will overcome this error message and set my DVD player back to its correct region?

    I'd rather have a DVD player set to the correct region than have a piece of software that bypasses it.
  4. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    According to Apple you can change DVD Player's region code 5 times. After that it stays on the last one and will not change again. Perhaps that is what happened with your machine? Maybe reinstalling DVD Player or the entire System software would reset it and it would start over.
    Good luck!
  5. RGunner macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2002
    Midnight Sun
    You must read further....

    Region free player, you must flash firmware. There are no software fix's (that I know of). RPC1.org is the best place to the find the info you seek. Might need a PC to do it tho.
  6. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    According to the error messages I attached to my earlier post, I have four changes left, so it can't be on the last one.

    I'm a bit reluctant to re-install the system software just to correct this one problem - I fear something else may go wrong!

    I don't want region free, I just want region 2, instead of region 1.

    We're considering buying an internal DVD burner to go in the spare optical bay. I assume if we got a new DVD burner and put it in the bottom bay it'd be able to read region two discs?
  7. giomla macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2006
    error "-70001"

    Anyone still experiencing "70001" problem? i might have a solution....at least it worked for me...
  8. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Huh....wait, so instead of using software that lets you play dvds from anywhere in the world you'd rather spend 60, 70 pounds just to have a region 2 setting? And you're not even sure if installing a new DVD player will work? Well, it's your money, but VLC player is the easier route, and everyone who has it says it works great, it works great for me.
  9. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Do you have another computer around a desktop mac or pc or one you could use? If so take the drive out of the computer and put it in another one, then try to change it. region codes are stored internally inside the drive so it should carry over.
  10. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

    crap freakboy

    Jul 17, 2002
    nar in Gainsborough, me duck
    Make a region free version of your DVD with Mac the Ripper and save to your Harddrive or put on a dvd.
    Or go to PCWorld buy a DL DVD burner such as the Philips R1660P1 for £34. Worked a treat for me, uberfast burning can't be beaten compared to that combo drive, at least it was for me.
  11. shaolindave macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2006
    same problem

    i'm having the same exact problem with my 1st gen intel imac. except i have 3 changes left, and it's changed from region 1 to region 3. using vlc isn't really good enough for me, i really prefer to use front row. same error message too, error: -70001
  12. figboy macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    Solution please ?

    Hi my son is in Italy experiencing exactly the error code you talk about 7001, associated with changing the region code and possibly exceeding the limit of 5 ? Any help gratefully received.
  13. thomasp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004

    What operating system are you running? I found upgrading to Tiger solved the problem.

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