Pre region-free DVD recorder questions

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Dave9946, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Dave9946

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    Does anyone know if DVD recorders that are sold on-line & in stores here in the Uk as Region-Free are set by altering the firmware or via a mod-chip?.

    It's just the extra cost is likely not worth the money if it's only a firmware upgrade that we can all do ourselfs in seconds for free.

    But if it's a mod chip solution then thats a different matter & raises a few questions. For would altering the firmware overwrite the use of the mod chip & therefor wipe out it's use?. Would trying to set the region therefor not work from having a mod chip fitted?. Can changing the firmware even work if a machine has been made region free via a mod chip?.

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    Most will be firmware upgrades, but it is done in the case of Panasonics and others by using a special one use remote control and an update dvd which is quite expensive to rent and has a hefty security deposit, This is definately not a cheap option unless you can borrow one from a service engineer for nothing. Once the remote has been activated the once, it has to be returned for resetting to prevent its multiple use whilst out on hire.
     
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    Thanks for that kenfowler3966, of some use & help.

    My main reason for asking (as I've done elsewere with no real direction one way or the other) is that I'm wanting to to buy a particular model from Richer Sounds, a Yamada DVR800 recorder. The problem is that they dont have & probably wont be having any region 2 models back in & want me to instead buy the region-free version for £20 extra. This is of no use to me as I've no dvd's from any other regions & have had 2 dvd players for near 3 years now, both region free at some cost.

    Richer Sounds are claiming ALL there dvd machines are chipped by a third party company, Tridek. But there site & 3 other sites that offer chipping & region-free services have nothing available for the Yamada brand. But Richer Sounds are stubbonly still insisting that the model HAS been chipped.

    My point is that I want that model as my first DVD recorder for testing as it seems to have plenty of features I want to use. But as they cant be chipping or hard modding them in any way as explained above I'm feeling that they are falsly reporting the lack of region 2 machines instead, but only firmware upgrading them which we can all do ever so easily in secs & falsely selling them as chip modded & charging the extra £20 for a service that has not been done at all. Basically charging £20 for a job thats not been performed.

    So I can either byt that crappy LiteOn unit from Currys or hope that Richer Sounds has the Philips DVDR70 in Region 2?

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