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How do I turn my PC into a Region Free Machine?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by ShinObiWAN, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. ShinObiWAN

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    I have an MSI DVD/CD-RW combo drive and want to play region 1 DVD's

    Can this be done at all using just software or do I need a new drive?
     
  2. probedb

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    You can normally change the region code up to 5 times by going into your Hardware Configure screen through System in the COntrol Panel.

    But you want to check out http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php as there's lots of firmware updates for just about every drive under the sun, various different types.
     
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    Apart from firmware mods you can also buy software which makes your DVD region free, allows you to skip copyright messages and other 'forbidden' operations, kill Macrovision etc.

    AnyDVD
    DVDRegionFree

    They're both pretty similar, AnyDVD has a couple of features the other doesn't but they're pretty similar in most respects.

    Finally there's a freeware program called "DVD Region Killer", trouble is the 'official' site has been down for some time and the latest version, 2.7, is kind of hard to locate .. can't recall where I got my copy. It doesn't work with all drives and doesn't provide the other tools the two programs above do, IMHO they're worth spending $39.95 for.

    If you have a LiteOn drive there's a tool that allows you to set the region code and also re-set the 'user' and 'dealer' counters once they rach the limit of 5 .. this gives you effectively unlimited changes. IMHO this is preferable to flashing the firmware as Windows XP plays silly beggars with RPC1 drives sometimes .. this utility alone makes buying a LiteOn a good idea, apart from the fact they're good drives. :)
     
  4. Iain Shields

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    I've just purchaced a LiteOn drive, could you tell me any more about this "tool" and if possible, where to get it? Cheers mate...

    Regards,
    Iain.
     
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    Is this the site / program... using the "Download Metropolitan" link?
     
  6. KraGorn

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    This is its' home ... take care, and don't blame me if your drive goes pear-shaped. :D

    That said, I have used it on my LTD-165H and it worked as advertised.
     
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    Yup, seems to be the one, says it's 2.7.0.2 which is the latest one I am aware of .. good find, I checked the first one which was 2.5 and assumed the other two would be the same.
     
  8. Iain Shields

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    Thanks a lot guys :smashin:

    Regards,
    Iain.

    p.s. Don't worry KraGorn... You won't be held responsible (unless something goes wrong of course) :D
     

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