DVDs, VCL and Movist

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SimsaxMac, May 10, 2009.

  1. SimsaxMac macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    #1
    I was trying to view a Region 4 DVD tonight and it said I have one more region change left, currently I am on region 1. So I clicked to change it and got:

    I downloaded VLC but after I click open disk and select the DVD the screen appears like it is going to play but then it just shuts down (not the entire application just the movie screen).

    The I downloaded Movist except I have no idea how to use it and how to open movie files or anything.

    Someone help this is driving me insane and I am seriously annoyed that Apple have region restrictions. It would honestly make me think twice before buying macbook again given that I use my laptop for alot of DVD viewing.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks guys!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
  3. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    #3
    I was able to play any region DVD on my old laptop.

    So how do I get around this restriction using VLC?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
  5. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
    #6
    Some drives are inherently region free, and some region-encoded discs will not play on them ... that allows you to set the region. Ignore that part, you only need to reset the count.
     
  7. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    #7
    What is RPC -1 and how do I update the firmwear??

    What does that mean?
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
    #8
    RPC1 is firmware, think OS, for the drive itself. It will only work with certain drives, Pioneer IIRC. Open up System Profiler and see what model drive you have.
     
  9. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    #9
    it says that RPC-1 is required to enjoy Region X

    Unless its firmwear has been intentionally updated your dvd drive rregion is locked.
    if your drive isnt region free, the settings displayed by region x are not pertaining to our drive. If despte this warning you proceed you will lock your drive.

    Region X cant unlock a locked drive.

    This alert was auomatically generated whether your drive is region free or not

    Is that what you mean?

    So can i go ahead with region X or do you think I should just give it a miss?

    I am like a woman possessed right now trying to play this DVD!
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
    #10
    Close, click on ATA - the first option from Hardware.

    If it gives a warning that it could lock the drive, I'd hold out ... I haven't used the app, but I saw it recommended online a while back. Things may have changed since then. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
     
  11. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Texas
    #12
    Then, no you can't change the firmware to RCP1.
     
  13. SimsaxMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    #13
    Ok great thats one issue solved!

    So basically VLC wont work, neither will Region X - am I stuck on this forever then? I tried putting in a single region DVD that didn't work either.

    I cant believe how quickly you responded to this, I wasn't expecting to get any replies at all!
     

Share This Page