Friend's used up 5 region codes for the Mac

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  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Hi,

    So, a friend's Mac has had its region code set 5 times -- it is second hand, and it's been set once to the wrong region by the owner and it's locked now.

    Is there anyway to reset it? I've searched and read a few things like you've got to contact Apple or it just can't be done.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You could flash the firmware and make it region-free.

    http://forum.rpc1.org/viewforum.php?f=30

    Remember that flashing is done at your own risk. Search the forums (link above) and see are there are issues with your DVD drive. I have no experience with this, just used Google to find that forum.
     
  3. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the link, unfortunately my friend isn't tech savvy, so I think that is a bit too complex, unfortunately -- I don't live nearby either, so I can't do it for her.
     
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    Hmmm, after reading little more, it looks like she could use VLC to watch DVDs. Just tell her to change it so that VLC opens when DVD is inserted
     
  5. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    All right, how does the DVD drive read it though if it is trying in the wrong region code? Or is that not what happens?
     
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    VLC bypasses the region code somehow.
     
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