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Sony BDP S3100 Multiregion DVD hack

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Player Multiregion Hacks' started by vicflange, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. vicflange

    vicflange Member

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    After trawling the net and not finding a multi-region hack for the Sony S3100 I decided to do some experimenting myself, subsequently I have tried this and it worked successfully with my own Region-2 Sony BDP-S3100 player. This makes the player multi-regional for DVD playback, I have no idea if it alters Blu Ray region playback, I only have region B and they play fine after this hack. It may be worth trying this with other models in the 2013 S range as it would appear they all contain the same hardware.

    I did this with a OneForAll URC-7562 remote, although it probably works with most OneForAll remotes.

    1. Hold the “magic button” until the TV LED flashes twice.
    2. Switch to DVD by pressing the DVD button.
    3. Press 0533 (DVD LED flashes twice)

    4. Hold the magic button until the DVD LED flashes twice.
    5. Press 994 (DVD LED flashes twice)
    6. Press Magic Key (don't hold)
    7. Press 00189
    8. Press 1 (This sets it to key 1 – DVD LED flashes twice, if not repeat steps 4 to 8)

    9. Hold the magic button until the red led flashes twice.
    10. Press 994 (DVD LED flashes twice)
    11. Press Magic Key (don't hold)
    12. Press 00255
    13. Press 2 (this sets it to key 2 - DVD LED flashes twice)

    14. Hold the magic button until the red led flashes twice.
    15. Press 994 (DVD LED flashes twice)
    16. Press Magic Key (don't hold)
    17. Press 00095
    18. Press 3 (this sets it to key 3 - DVD LED flashes twice)

    19. Hold the magic button until the red led flashes twice.
    20. Press 994 (DVD LED flashes twice)
    21. Press Magic Key (don't hold)
    22. Press 00221
    23. Press 4 (this sets it to key 4 - DVD LED flashes twice)

    24. Hold the magic button until the red led flashes twice.
    25. Press 994 (DVD LED flashes twice)
    26. Press Magic Key (don't hold)
    27. Press 00079
    28. Press 5 (this sets it to key 5 - DVD LED flashes twice)

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    The remote is now programmed and ready to use, to make the Sony BDP- S3100 region free:

    1. Use the Sony remote that came with the player to bring the player out of standby and make sure there isn't a disc in it.
    2. Make sure you have a clear line of sight with the S3100. Press 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on the OneForAll remote, one after each other, firmly and with a slight delay between the numbers. There is nothing to indicate that it has worked at this stage.
    3. Put the player back into standby with the Sony remote.
    4. Hard reboot machine by unplugging it completely from the power, after a few seconds plug it back in
    5. Next time you turn on the player it should be region free for DVD playback.
    6. If this doesn’t work the first time it is worth trying again as it is easy to get part of the process wrong.
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  2. Simod89

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    Can confirm this hack works with Sony bdv n590 using urc 7740 all in one remote
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    Hack only works with DVD not Blu-ray
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    Confirming this works for BDP-S1100 using a OneForAll URC-7960 remote so as stated in the instruction this will most likely work for any SX100 player model and any OFA remote made for dvd players and having programmable keys.
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    I tried the hack for the Sony BDP-S3100 as listed but no success.
    I used a ONEforAll URC-7960.
    DVD player turned off after entering the codes, etc all as described but still locked for Region-2 DVDs.

    Is there a different code to unlock a Region-1 player?
    Thanks, Jos
  6. hiredbuns

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    Did you use the correct device code? If the last keypress turned the player off, my guess is that you have used the device code that controls the player "normally".

    The step 3 is performed with the Sony remote for this reason as you cannot turn the device off using the OFA remote when it is using the 0533 device code.

    At least with S1100 there is no indication that the keypresses did anything when using the correct code but if you enter the sequence when OFA is in the "normal" control mode for these players, the fifth key sends a power off command.
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    Many thanks to 'vicflange' for this tip :smashin:

    I successfully used a OFA URC-7560 to modify a BDP-S3100 (using just the last 3 digits of the numbers at steps 7, 12, 17, 22, 27).
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    I too bought a BDP-S3100 player from the US, assuming I would be able to hack it for multi-region DVD playback.

    But from what I've seen in my searches, there is no hack for Region 1 Sony BluRay players -- is this correct, or has someone figured it out by now?

    Is there a chance that this will be cracked at some point, or did Sony just make it impossible?

    Thanks
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    Old thread but confirmed working on S4100 (after second attempt) Player screen displayed ok after entering fifth code
    Thanks
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    Good to hear that it works for the S4100, thanks! Could I just know which model of the One For All remote you used?
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    Thanks, that one be one of those models that actually works for both players.

    Has anyone had any luck unlocking a BDP-S3100 or BDP-S4100 using the All For One 3940 remote?
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    I can confirm that the below hack also works for the Sony BDP-S5100 DVD player. I only tested it with USA, European, and China/Hong Kong region protected DVDs. I have not tested it with Blue Ray disks. As noted by other posters there is no software hack for Blue Ray region protection. It is probably cheaper to buy a second machine on the internet than pay for a hardware hack.

    I used the URC-7740 Universal Remote to make the hack.

    One point which isn't clear in the below instructions is that you should use the Sony Remote to put the DVD player to sleep (OFf) before carrying out the instructions 1 to 28 below. So all the flashes you see are on the Universal Remote's LED, not on your TV or your DVD player.

    Also, after entering 1,2,3,4,5 "Press 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on the OneForAll remote, one after each other, firmly and with a slight delay between the numbers. There is nothing to indicate that it has worked at this stage." I noticed the DVD player displayed the message "OK"

    After un-plugging and plugging in again (final steps), there is a small delay while the hardware or software updates itself.

    If you don't have a Universal Remote with a magic button, you can buy one on EBay for about £4.

    Region Hack for Sony BDP-S5100 DVD player using One For All URC-7740 is repeated below:

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    Well, I'm using a URC-8305 (One for All Kameleon) and I can't get it to work at all with my BDP-S4100. I've tried it about half a dozen times. Really annoying. Think I'm going to have to try a cheaper One for All remote. Is 0533 really the right code, or are there others to try?
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    Code 0533 is only used for the hack there I is another code to actually control the device, this should be in the manual.
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    Finally got it to work. Had to buy a URC 7962 for it to happen, but was chuffed to see an 'OK' message pop up on the DVD screen after entering the '5'.

    Many thanks for this hack - anyone want to buy an as-new URC 7962?! ;o)
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    Just done my region 2 BDP - S4100 with a URC 7740 remote, hack worked first time & I can now play my region 1 discs in the player.
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    This is just to update this thread with the info that the BDP-S3100 can be made region free using the Blank Frank method at Making the Sony DVP-NS705V multi-region , using a laptop with an IRDA port. The same "remote.txt" file should be used, but I am not quite sure if the process changed. Since there is no front display panel on the 3100, you don't see any confirmation that the process has worked (on the other two players I done this with, it showed "success" or something on the front display). I initially tried it with the machine in standby, but this didn't seem to have worked, so I tried it with the player powered on and also with the disc tray open. I couldn't tell at what point the procedure worked, but the next minute I popped in a Region 1 dvd and it no longer gave the "prohibited by region lock" message and the movie began to play. 100% confirmed working.
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    I bought a modded Sony S3100 on eBay. It was modded to be fully region free. What's odd, however, is that a recent firmware update seems to have made me unable to play R2 PAL discs which I own. What's especially peculiar, however, is that I can manually reset the Blu region by hand, but it's not cooperating with DVD regions. When I purchased this unit, the information indicated that the firmware updates wouldn't interfere with it's region free status, which cost me an extra $100. I've contacted them and am awaiting a reply, but any idea why this would happen? Is there a region mod which can be done with the unit's remote? What. The. Hell?
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    Thanks Vic!

    Worked great with OFA URC-7962.
    Originally bdp-s3100 was region 4. Now it works with region 1 dvds as well.
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    Worked for me on BDP-S4100 using URC-7740 control. I had to repeat the procedure 4 times, I guess I was mistyping some of the codes in the previous attempts. When successful, OK was displayed on the DVD player.
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    Thanks to the OP. Worked first time on my S4100

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