Weren't we able at one time to reset DVD region code by reformatting?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jng, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. jng macrumors 65816

    jng

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    So the title says it all: Weren't we able at one time to reset DVD region code by reformatting?

    I'm living in Germany again and so I have both Region 1 and 2 DVDs and last time with my old 12" powerbook, I could have sworn that I just reformatted the machine and the counter reset.

    Now after searching, I find that it's built into the drive's firmware? When did this change happen?
     
  2. sndcj1 macrumors member

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    My understanding is that it was always built into the drive firmware as part of the specification. Now you might be able to find a region free firmware hack for the drive, bypassing all your issues, but I didn't think that system software ever had anything to do with it. You got you 5 changes... and that was it.
     
  3. jng thread starter macrumors 65816

    jng

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    Really? I thought it was recent (within a few years). My previous powerbook was from '03.

    Yeah, I blew through 5 chagnes swapping DVDs in a matter of weeks. :( Wish I had known that it really wasn't changeable. But I'm not going to hack my drive as from what I've read, it'll void my warranty, which goes until 2009...
     

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