MBP Plays DVD's from Other Countries?

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  1. russcolban macrumors newbie

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    I'm taking my MBP to Australia when I visit. I know that when it comes to DVD's, the world is divided into regions and DVD's from one region will (usually) not play in a DVD player from another region. Does this same limitation apply to my MBP, or will I be able to rent a DVD in Australia and play it on my computer?

    Oh, and one other thing. I think I just need a power point adapter to fit the Australian outlet and I can plug my computer power cord into that. I don't need any kind of transformer, do I? Australian power is 220V.

    Thanks,

    Russ
     
  2. Dreamail macrumors 6502

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    Things that might come in handy:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd_regions

    http://lowendmac.com/fishkin/06/0912.html
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=347949
    http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php
    Note of Warning: Converting your MBP superdrive to be region free will void your warranty and can kill your superdrive. Read all the above forum posts first and proceed at your own risk.

    All MacBook Pro power adapters can support most countries in the world (voltage- and frequency-wise).
    See 'Electrical and operating requirements' on http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html
    But you will need a simple adapter plug (yet luckily no voltage transformer).

    http://www.amazon.com/Australia-Travel-Outlet-Adapter-Converter/dp/B000XJOAFE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hi
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/M8794G/B?mco=NDY5MDg3NQ
     
  3. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    i believe that you can safely change the superdrive's region 5 times before it will lock you into one. when you put in a dvd that is not on the region that is selected a window will pop open and ask if you would like to switch to the other region. like i said you can do this 5 times.
     
  4. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Just download and install VLC media player, and play your DVDs using that instead of DVD Player. VLC doesn't take notice of DVD regions, it'll play no matter what region without you having to waste away your 5-change limit or voiding your warranty.
     
  5. lazydesi macrumors 6502

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