Hi I've gone and used up all my lives on my internal superdrive in my G5 mac. I'm now stuck on region 2. That's not so bad, but I have quite a few R1 and R3 disks that I like to have playing on my second monitor while I'm working. I as thinking of ripping out the superdrive and replacing it with another, there isn't any firmware flashing software for this superdrive (SONY DVD RW DW-U10A) by the way. But there is nothing wrong with it, so why waste it? If I bought an external, at least I would have some back up if it did ever pack up. What I don't want is to buy an external and find it's stuck in a particular region as well. I've looked and looked and I can't find out any details. Does anybody know if they are region free? If so does anybody have any recommendations for an external with firewire? I'm just looking for a player really, but these days, it just as cheap to buy a writer. All help appreciated.