iMac DVD Region Unlock

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nsheikh80, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. nsheikh80 macrumors regular


    May 2, 2005
    London, England
    Does anyone know if it is possible to region unlock the DVD drive in an iMac? I have a Core Duo iMac. I'm sure I got boot it into Windows and unlock it but would it still work in OSX?
  2. speedfreek macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    I assume what you do in windows has no effect on the mac os as it'd be all software based i'd gather depending on what you were doing.

    Though i do have some kind of workaround.

    Download VLC and go into system preferences > cd/DVD and change the option from open DVD player to open VLC (you'll have to search for the app location)
    VLC doesn't have any region protection/region check on it for dvds from what i understand
  3. Marble macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2003
    Tucson, AZ
    It's the firmware in the DVD drive that counts your region changes and prevents playback from a non-authorized region. I don't know the answer to the question, but it's conceivable that a fix in Windows might work in the MacOS.
  4. trevis macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2008
    How did you do it in Windows, would you share the procedure?

    This trick doesn't for me. VLC just does not play the wrong region DVD and VIDEO_TS folder. The region locking is in the hardware/firmware and independent of the actual player, from what I understand.
  5. VideoFreek macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2007
    The procedure involves finding a hacked firmware for your particular DVD drive to make it region-free. Even if this works and you manage to not brick your drive, it isn't a perfect solution as some newer disks use RCE to prevent the disks from playing on region-free players. You can find a list of such titles here. It seems to me a better solution is to simply buy a firewire or USB2 DVD drive, and set it to the appropriate region.
  6. speedfreek macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    Works fine for me, don't know if it has anything to do with the age of the mac, only got this 2 weeks ago. I'd change the region to R1 but seeing as other people use it and from time to time i'll put in R4 (local region) dvds i just thought of using VLC seeing as i remember it worked with out of region dvds on the pc.
  7. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    The VLC trick for region-free is no longer possible on later model Superdrives. For more information on the alternatives you can check this recent article at Macworld.

    My personal solution here in region 2 Japan where I often watch region 1 DVDs from home in the states was to get a Firewire external DVD and flash it to an RPC1 firmware.
  8. tongzilla macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2008
    is there any way of playing different region dvds after using up all the region changes without getting another dvd drive?

    I am infuriated by this!
  9. andrewline6 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    what is VLC?

    if you put in a dvd with the wrong region, could you just load it onto the computer first? and then change the format or something to bypass the region thing? i hav no idea?

    and do you have to change the region if you are just using something like superclone or toast?
  10. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    tongzilla there r ways like after u use all the region changes in software u can use an app to do the vendor reset.....this is a special setting that resets the region changes that they can use if u send mac to apple for repair or such things....but vendor reset is limit too i think it was 6 on imac g3 new macs i dont know

    seriously.....the easiest is just buy an external dvd drive they r cheap now

    ....for vlc and toast and such they dont work the region check is part of the drive u cant use software to avoid at least in new machines
  11. Babooshka macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    VLC is a multi format media player which plays basically every video format.

    If you rip the DVD with MacTheRipper, it's default setting is to rip it region free, which you can change though.
  12. Thomas_Davie macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2005
    A couple of options....

    1) Boot into Windows XP, and use the Q609 firmware available here

    It will reflash the firmware on your DVR-K06A to region free.

    I have NOT done this, and will NOT untill I feel like playing Russian roulette. Besides, I use VMWare Fusion, and not bootcamp; I just don't know if you can use this utility inside of a virtual machine.

    2) Using VMWare Fusion, I run AnyDVD (which is a software only tool), making my drive emulate whatever region is appropriate to whatever disc is inserted. This works, I've done it, and it poses no potential hazard that I am aware of. I've watched PAL region 2 discs on my iMac purchased in North America. Downside is that you don't get this 'de-regionizing' in OS X; it's just in Windows.


  13. andrewline6 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    i have a pioneer dv-300 dvd player for my tv... is it possible to connect this somehow to my imac so i can avoid region changes?
  14. neogeo71 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    try osxbmc, it seemed to work for watching dvd without region lock.
  15. Kansas-Kate macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2008
    Hit a nerve! (rant)

    I love Apple. I really do. But I think they are very unfair to those of us who are bilingual.

    Many of my DVDs are from Regions 2 and 4 -- foreign films I've purchased when I travel, almost always titles that are likely to never be released for Region 1.

    I understand the whole regional encoding mess isn't Apple's fault... but why do they have to contribute to the problem? I mean, isn't Apple the company that's supposed to make things better, easier, more intuitive, etc?

    I don't want to have to put Windows on my iMac. I don't want to have to download anything to work around it. If I wanted to do crap like that, I would have stuck w/ my PC instead of switching to Mac! And I certainly don't want to have to buy one external hd for Region 2 and another for Region 4.

    I just want to be able to play my DVDs on my iMac without worrying about which zone they're from and how many times I can switch zones. Is that really too much to ask??

    Maybe if every bilingual person in the US boycotted all Apple products and services for year, they would get the message.

    ¿Oíste, Señor Jobs?

    :apple: iMac 24" 2.4GHz 2GB 500GB
    :apple: iPod Touch 32GB
  16. Hates macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    London, UK
    It's not Apple's fault at all and boycotting them won't help. Apple don't make the drives. So your beef is with the drive manufacturers. Besides, I have a distinct feeling their licencing agreement states that thay have to be region locked. No region lock = no licence = no drives manufactured :confused:
  17. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    Exactly. If you don't like it, talk to the politicians who write laws, because they're the ones letting the MPAA get away with this. It's not in any computer manufacturer's interest to reduce functionality of their hardware (that includes Apple) but they have no choice.
  18. strongmac8 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2013
    you are a GENIUS!!!

    mr. speedfreek,...i just registered from macrumors just to drop-by to say that YOU!!! YES , MY FRIEND YOU!!! ARE A 'GENIUS!!!" your VLC advice works!!! thank you, thank you, thank you!!! -strong
  19. mook73 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
    well. that does the trick for my aging iMac running on the good old Snow Leopard :D

    Thanks speedfreak!
  20. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    There is a limit of 5 region changes. To be clear this is not Apple's fault. This is the movie industries fault. Apple does not make the DVD drives. They buy them.

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