Zone free dvd player

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bah, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. bah macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2003
    How do I get the DVD player on my iMac to play all zones?

    Thanks in advance

  2. sonofslim macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2003
    it involves updating the firmware on your dvd drive with an unsupported 3rd party patch, thereby voiding the warranty.

    still interested?
  3. legion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2003
    what sonofslim said.

    DVD players are locked in firmware as an agreement with the MPAA (their idea to curbing piracy from different regions... most notably the Asian markets infiltrating the US) and DVD player manufacturers (and I'm sure the US government was involved there somewhere.)

    On the PC side, there are a few software items that create a transparent layer between the DVD playing software and the DVD drive, thereby faking the DVD drive into thinking it's playing the correct region (and still, this only works for certain drives.) However, I don't know of anything on the Apple side of the fence and your only option becomes the DVD drive firmware flash which will void your warranty and could make your DVD drive completely inoperable.
  4. yamadataro macrumors 6502


    EDIT: I've patched my DVD drives on about 4 Macs, and have had no problems ever. You just have to be careful when you flash the RAM on the drive.

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