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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BigJohno, Jan 4, 2008.
Hey guys how do I reset my region code on my MBP?
If you are talking about DVD drive region code, I think you could change it up to 4 times (max and irreversible ). To change it, simply insert a DVD disc from the region other than the one set on your MBP. You will then be prompted to select whether you want to change the region or not.
Hope this helps and that it was about DVD region you were talking about.
I know how to change it but I have hit the maximum times. So there is no way I can watch dvds anymore?
Correct, you are screwed. Your only option now is to install Windows and use software like AnyDVD to ignore region protection, or hook up an external region free DVD drive in OS X and use Region X (a utility you can download) to reset the number of times your can change its region (works only for external drives).
Why does Apple do this? Such a stupid thing!!!!
It's not just Apple. All DVD drives in laptop have limit to the number of time that you can change the region code
Check for your DVD drive on this site. You might be able to flash it to be region free. I have successfully flashed my MacBook's drive.
Would that be a Santa Rosa MacBook or those HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N drives? I would be interested in finding a firmware flash for that.
Didn't you get the warnings over and over again when you kept changing the region? This should hardly be a surprise.
No. Its a late 06 Napa with the Matsushita 857 drive.
So im not supposed to watch dvds while I travel?
You're supposed to heed the "you won't be able to change it again in 4/3/2/1 events" warning :^) Looks like you're going to have to try one of the methods in this thread if you ever want to use that drive for different regions again...
PS to the OP:
Buy a new optical drive and replace your current one, best way to fix it.
Then sell your old one on eBay including that its locked into region code X in the info.
Have you run RegionX yet? http://www.regionx.tk/
That only works once the drive is made region free. That's why you need to flash the drive first.
If it's not flashable, like said above, buy a new drive lol.
Thats not correct.
Taken from: http://www.regionx.tk/ front page
Not Leopard compatible, either:
The first four changes are written to software, the fifth change (on supported hardware) is written to the drive. It works with Leopard as well, it's just not supported.
you can try using VLC. just change your default dvd player in system config
works for me without having to change region code.
Actually if your dvd drive is uj-857-d, there's a firmware to make it region free. Here's the link
as far as region X, I found this:
Works like a charm with 10.5.1!
Kudos for the developers. (Version 1.1.3)
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Jan 3 2008
XYPHER Here's a solution for using the app with a region free drive under Leopard. (Taken from a forum).
"Delete the ~/Library/Application Support/DVD Player directory and the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist file. After running Region X again, and modifying the zones, DVD Player will now be aware of the new settings." (
you can see it at
sorry for my english
1. Do you have a link for this reference?
2. Region X 1.2 is out http://xvi.rpc1.org
From the startup screen of Region X (now version 1.2, Leopard compatible)
Still need help?!?!
all this information seemed really useful. I went to the website indicated, found the firmware version I had KVB9 and thus downloaded the correct KBVB. When I went to launch the region free frimware update it quits on me. (did not start the firmware update at all)
Anyone had this problem? I have the log and can post if someone thinks that could help