Region Free on New Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by james948, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. james948 macrumors 6502

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    The new macbook's have the following:
    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868: Firmware Revision: KA13

    Is there any chance this is going to be cracked? If so, where should I be looking. I find it ridiculous that a laptop isn't region free!

    James.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Give it time. The last revision MacBook Pro's drive hasn't even been region-free hacked yet.
     
  3. rtpub macrumors member

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    What about the one with early 08 MBP?
    It's a Matsushita UJ-867 (HA13, HB01) model ... :(
     
  4. watergun macrumors regular

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    How to tell which drive you have? I checked System Profiler on my alu MacBook and the drive is HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS21N Rev SA14.

    Update: Never mind. Found out that mine is the LG drive. It seems that new MacBook ships with either Matshit or LG.
     
  5. flottenheimer macrumors 65816

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    We're f***ed. Surfing the RPC1 forums it looks like MATSHITA drives are especially hard/often impossible to make region free.
    My Unibody MacBook Pro has the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868 variant. The firmware is KA14.

    :eek: Fearing the day of my last region switch. :eek:
     
  6. Elnojjo macrumors newbie

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    Someone trustworthy tells me it's illegal for manufacturers NOT to provide a way to make the device region free.

    The law came about because the region coding is anti-competitive behaviour.

    So, theoretically, there is a way.

    I have the same drive in my MBP and want to change it too.
     
  7. googdot macrumors regular

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    Here is the best/easiest way that I've found to keep your drive region free:

    1. From the moment you purchase your computer (like the very first time you turn it on!), and before you insert any movie into the dvd drive, open System Preferences and set the CD/DVD's to "Ignore" when you insert a Video DVD. This will ensure Apple DVD Player does not launch automatically when you insert a DVD.

    2. Never, ever use the Apple DVD Player. Download and use VLC to play all your DVD's.

    And that's it...Your drive can play all regions!

    I have this currently working on a 2008 Macbook and 2009 Mac Mini :)
     
  8. lars666 macrumors 6502a

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    Problem here with this solution is that playing DVDs with VLC is much louder on my MacBook Pro - the DVD seems to spin a lot faster, so much, that it is annoying watching a DVD with VLC. However, I tested this a few VLC versions ago, mabye it changed ...
     
  9. bcburrows macrumors 6502

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    how about this one?

    Anyone know if i can make this region free and if so how?

    Thanks

    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868:

    Firmware Revision: KA19
     
  10. PabloGS macrumors member

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  12. steveLONDON, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

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    I just tried this, using the UJ-898 HC10 firmware on a HC09 drive.

    I get an error message in console saying:

    calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/______________/Downloads/UJ-898_HC10_Stock_RPC1/UJ-898_HC10_RPC1.dat

    simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
    Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898 HC10
    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

    logout


    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?
     
  13. blackburn macrumors 6502a

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    If you are on 10.6.5, you can't flash. I've tried with 10.6.0 with success. I didn't unlock the drive, I only updated the firmware. (But it's the same)
     
  14. pramman macrumors newbie

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    Matshita HC09

    I am getting exactly the same message.
    Dying to get some help, but it's not available anywhere. I think we need to wait till somebody gets us a hack. God help us!
     
  15. pramman macrumors newbie

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    Firmware update

    Hi Blackburn, how did you update the firmware? It's so complicated on macbook. I have Macbook pro17, with Matshita UJ898, firmware HC09 & will like to update it to HC10. There is absolutely no help in sight! Please, guide.
     
  16. szesam macrumors newbie

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  17. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    so I have an australian macbook and Im about to head over to the states/canada. Im guessing dvds wont work in my computer. But what about Data discs. If for instance I want to buy os x Lion while im over there. Will I be able to buy it from canada on a dvd?
     
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  19. szesam macrumors newbie

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    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

    simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
    Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898 HC10
    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

    logout

    It's a compatibility issue with macs running version 10.6.5 and above
    Those having this problem, there are 2 methods to solve this:
    1. Method 1 - Downgrade and Update
    2. Method 2 - Use a bootable drive

    Instructions found at this article:
    http://app-cloud.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post_28.html
     
  20. g00ber macrumors newbie

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    Updated version of MatshitaFlasher

    Updated version of MatshitaFlasher confirmed working up to 10.6.7 here https://rapidshare.com/files/457842304/MatshitaFlasher_0.6.zip
     
  21. steveLONDON macrumors regular

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    Hmm. Thanks but this time I get the message:

    calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/________/_________/UJ-898_HD10_Stock_RPC1/UJ-898_HD10_RPC1.dat

    compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
    Does not appear to be a matshita device

    logout
     

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