Mac DVD player region set?

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  1. smellyjw macrumors newbie

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    I'm just wondering if I set my macbooks dvd region to region 4 will my drive still pick up disc's with region 1 or 2 and be able to play in vlc?
     
  2. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    No. You'll have to reset the region to 1 or 2 to play those discs again. On top of that, most DVD drives have a limited number of times the region can be set before the region becomes "locked."

    Have you ever thought of setting the region to 0?
     
  3. smellyjw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    never heard of region 0. but again, i dont want to set my region to anything if i dont have too.

    please see here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=626250
     
  4. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    0 is the "all regions" setting i.e. no region restrictions - you cannot set it to that in any DVD drive that I've seen on a computer (not without a hack anyway)....
     
  5. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    You can't set a drive to be region 0. Rather a disk encoded to region 0 means that drives set to any region can play the disk. In truth a disk without region encodings is "region 0".

    There are drives that can be set to be "region free", but I have never heard of any computer drives that can do this.
     
  6. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Region 0, for both drives and disks, is synonymous with "region-free". All the region bits are set to 0, thus not limiting to any particular region.

    Setting a drive to Region 0 usually involves a firmware flash-- which is not exactly a trivial procedure, in most cases is done using hacked firmware code, and if one bit is off then the drive can be rendered useless. I haven't seen any firmware flashes for Mac internal drives, but then again I'm not in the market for that kind of hardware mod.
     

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