DVD regions - can they be changed??

scubabeano

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Aug 17, 2005
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I have a lovely shiny G4 powerbook - the only problem is that i travel a lot so would like to watch DVDs from all over the world without the region being set permanently. Can anyone help me out? :confused:
 

robbieduncan

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Jul 24, 2002
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You need hacked firmware and Region X

If you tell exactly which drive you have in your PowerBook we might be able to help with the Firmware too.

This probably has some Firmware for you..
 

swiftaw

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scubabeano said:
I have a lovely shiny G4 powerbook - the only problem is that i travel a lot so would like to watch DVDs from all over the world without the region being set permanently. Can anyone help me out? :confused:
You can change the region 5 times and then it becomes locked into the region you selected last.

I believe, however, that VLC will play DVD's from any region without having to change the DVD region, I am not 100% sure about this however.
 

robbieduncan

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swiftaw said:
You can change the region 5 times and then it becomes locked into the region you selected last.

I believe, however, that VLC will play DVD's from any region without having to change the DVD region, I am not 100% sure about this however.
Na. With region free firmware and Region X you can reset that counter and change the region any number of times you want. I know as this is the setup I have :)
 

scubabeano

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thanks very much! I'm on my friends PC right now, so don't know what's in my powerbook, i'll check it out after the weekend.
What's a VLC?
 

scubabeano

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My drive is the Superdrive you get with the G4 powerbook

edit* that's a kinda non-specific, pointless thing to add, huh? :p
 

tobio

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Sep 5, 2004
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on the region X site it says in big red letters that it only works if you have a region free dvd drive.

My old powerbook had a combo drive - CD writer, DVD read only. That was already region free out of the box!

My current powerbook has a superdrive (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-825) and that is not region free, and it doesn't look like it easily can be made that way :-(

I think the firmware is apple-specific, so if I put PC firmware on I could stuff it up. look up your firmware on http://www.rpc1.org, if you can region free patch it, then you can do pretty much whatever you like with your dvds!
 

assscat

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But there are risks involved in flashing the firmware, so beware. If anything interrupts the flashing process then it may well mean an expensive i.e. out-of-warranty trip to Apple.

On the other hand, many people have successfully flashed their firmware, so the choice is up to you!
 
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