PowerDVD Regions?

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  1. swarrans

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    Sorry, I did try searching for this, but didn't understand the answers!

    I've got an IBM Thinkpad with a DVD drive and PowerDVD 3.
    When I load different region DVDs I get a warning that after 4,3,2,1 more trys it will be locked into that region permanently.
    Is there a hack that will allow me to play whatever regions I want for as long as I like?
    I'd rather avoid firmware if poss as it frightens me!

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    Firmware plus software like DVD Genie or Regionkiller are the only way to go.
    Check out this link firmware info about your DVD drive

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    Thanks Conor.
    Not sure I'm brave enough to go the firmware route - I seem to screw things up enough just by making device driver updates to risk ruining the drive permanently!
    I purchased it to use it as a CD Rom drive really, it was just a potential bonus that it could play DVDs in the car or whatever (I just tested it and there's no way the battery would last long enough for a whole movie anyway!

    Thanks for the advice...

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    ...That is the question!
    I've done more research about updating the firmware on my IBM Thinkpad T20 DVD drive (Toshiba SD-C2302 v1127) using the link you supplied Conor, and I guess I'm even more terrified!
    Even the step by step instructions are worrying - for instance one bit I saw intimated that I wouldn't be able to do it at all using Windows 2000 and the NTFS file structure.
    If anyone has done it successfully and reckons it's not as dangerous or difficult as this site http://pioneerdvd.firmware-flash.com/Firmware_FAQ.html infers, please let me know!....

    Otherwise, I think I'll give it a miss


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    I have done firmware updates on several DVD drives on Tosh laptops and on my own players I've had at home. Don't be put off by all the warning as they are given with all updates inc. mobo updates. If you follow the instructions you shouldn't have any problems :)
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, it makes me feel a bit more confident!
    However, have you done it with Win 2000/NTFS and only one drive bay (ie I need the DVD drive in place, therefore I need to make a Win 2000 bootable CD presumeably......

    Still worried!....


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    It shouldn't really matter. You could use a win98 or me boot disk. Flashing a DVD player doesn't need to see the HDD because it's all done from floppy :)
     

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