I want Region free

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  1. beyondsalvage macrumors newbie

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    am a pc user. I just bought the latest Macbook with 2.16 cpu.

    What the hell is going on? I put a DVD in, and it asked me to select a region and tells me I can only change it 5 times.

    Well, I am sure you are all aware of it. How do I get a region free DVD player. This is ridiculous.
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Simply, you're out of luck. Some people will tell you to use VLC rather that DVD player as this bypasses the region encoding, however I believe that this is only true on older macs and that loophole was fixed a couple of years ago.

    Blame the movie industry, it's their rules, we just have to live by them.
     
  3. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    Just download VLC Player from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html. It can play all regions. :)
     
  4. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Yes it is ridiculous. I don't know what to do about this either. I moved to the UK from the US and now we have an iMac that will only play american DVDs. :rolleyes:
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    If I understand correctly, you can get an external DVD and set that to a different region than the internal optical drive, thereby making the machine able to play at least two regions.
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    it's a bother that you would even have to. It locking itself to a region is absurd.

    but that's just me venting, not real helpful. :eek:
     
  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    I was curious about whether this was possible. Has anyone verified this?
     
  8. worriedmac macrumors regular

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    I have an internal that is locked to region 1 and an external that is locked to region 2. I just hope I don't do business with asia.
     
  9. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    Its the most anoying thing in the world. and pointless.
     
  10. M@lew macrumors 68000

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    I think I read somewhere about resetting your region, but it was overly complicated. They'd be better off not bothering with regions.
     
  11. janey macrumors 603

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    doing this is a pain in the arse on a computer for unsupported drives.

    i got region free dvd players across the board (i watch a lot of r1 and r3 dvdrs..), don't even bother trying to use a computer.
     
  12. masse macrumors 6502a

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    Forgive my ignorance but is this a thing with OSX or would the same happen if linux or windows was used via bootcamp?
     
  13. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The same thing will happen with Windows, I have no idea what the geeks have managed to do with Linux, you might be able to get something that way.
     
  14. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

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    I too have R1, R2, R3 dvds and have never had a problem playing them on my MAC's (intel and PPC). All you need is the correct software. VLC player is all you need.
     
  15. NJuul macrumors 6502

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    Region coding on the MacBook/pro is handled directly by the matshita drive, therefore there is no software workaround in OS X, Windows, or Linux. VLC will not play region 2 disks, if your drive is set to region 1.
    Don't know what drive goes in the iMac...
     
  16. netdog macrumors 603

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    My iMac C2D 24" has a Matsushita :mad:
     
  17. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Region locking is a travesty which illustrates the power large media firms hold over us. As a consumer I should be free to purchase any legal title from whomever I choose.

    Unfortunately for the Mac, due to the choice of drive made by Apple, there is no way to unlock the drive. When you hit 5 changes, that's it. There are external drives that can be unlocked and made region free.
     
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  19. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Dude, read the fine print:

     
  20. chex macrumors regular

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    how about you read the whole paragraph

    You dont need a region free DVD to do that, just open the app and reset the counter for the reagion change.
     
  21. Brize macrumors 6502a

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    flopticalcube is right: Region X only functions in tandem with a region-free drive. It's necessary because there are two region controls on OS X - one at the hardware level (the drive itself) and one at the software level. Flashing the optical drive can, when it works, overcome the hardware control, but DVD Player in OS X will still only allow you to change the region five times. Region X overcomes this by allowing you to reset the number of region changes available.
     
  22. janey macrumors 603

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    vlc isn't as elegant as using dvd player :)

    either way, got a nice tv to watch it on so why not :D
     
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  24. nutts macrumors member

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    Well you're ok with Japan at least, as that's region 2 too ;)
     

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