I've been using a black Macbook for the past two years and I was frustrated with the region limitation on the DVD drive. I travel quite often and have DVDs in region 1 and 2. After switching the region on my Macbook 5 times, I could no longer watch my region 1 DVD's as it got locked on to region 2 permanently. I looked for a workaround for ages but couldn't find one. I now have an Aluminum Macbook. I just inserted a DVD into the superdrive for the first time. And instead of following the DVD Player prompt (to choose a region for the first time), i just opened up VLC and the movies playing. I've left the DVD Player running because if I click cancel the DVD gets ejected. I think this might be a credible workaround for the problem (at least for people who're buying new computers anyway). Has anyone else experienced this?