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Region Free on XP (or not?)

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by DaveP, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. DaveP

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    Hi, I've had a problem solved in another forum regarding playing DVD-RAM disks on a PC so that's sorted. However, I'm now trying to play "proper" DVDs. I have a large selection of Region 1 and Region 2 films that I may wish to view on the PC ('cus my wife doesn't like them!)

    My setup is this:

    Hollywood+ (to output DD5.1 and S-Video)
    Toshiba SD-M1712
    Windows XP
    PowerDVD XP (For watching on the PC only)

    When I put a DVD film in to play using the software player I get a message saying the drive is region locked. I searched for this message and it appears that the software player locks the region.

    It suggests Drive Genie, which I have downloaded, but this gave me a BSOD and a reboot!

    The Hollywood+ plays the FBI warning and then shuts itself down!

    I've tried Region Killer and another prog who's name escapes me at the mo!

    Drive Info tells me there are 4 changes left on the drive. On this subject: I've downloaded a new firmware to make the drive RPC1. Has anyone used this and does it work ok or is there a risk I'll trash the drive?


    Is anyone else using this setup?

    Thanks for taking the time to read all this!

    DaveP
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Yes best to flash the drive, it'll allow unlimited no of changes to the drive.

    If you flash the drive incorrectly it can screw it.


    Do a search for "stevegreen" user and "firmware" title, it'll show some info there.

    goto www.firmware-flash.com

    for various make/model and firmware versions (original and hacked)

    I've flashed my drive (Pioneer 106S, no problem and now can change without locking it out)
     
  3. mephistopheles

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    Flashing the firmware should be straightforward enough as long as you follow the instructions carefully. Try here : http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

    If you're using a Hollywood+ you should find that 'Remote Selector' or 'Zone Selector' should sort the problem for DVD Station. Try here: http://www.hplus.hu

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. DaveP

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    Thanks for your help guys, everything has been working fine. Sorry I forgot to give you an update!

    Anyway, I have another question now!

    I was thinking of changing the OS to windows 98se and things are ok until I try and use the PC to play DVD-RAM disks that I have recorded on my HS2.

    These play OK through DVD Station (by opening a file rather than playing as a DVD) under XP but when I try to use the disks under 98SE it just appears to be a blank disk with no files on it!

    Is there a fix, or a driver,so that 98 will recognise the filing system used by the DVD-RAM disk?

    Thanks

    DaveP
     
  5. gab2001uk

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    Before you flash your drive try DVD Region-Free from http://www.dvdidle.com/
    I use it on my laptop, as the DVD player is also a CD rewriter, and I did not want an expensive mistake.

    The file system is UDF (Universal Disc Format)
    Drivers are available from http://www.nero.com/en/index.html#download
    Look in InCD utilities for a file called EasyWriteReader.exe
     
  6. DaveP

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    Thanks for the tips, I'll give the easywritereader a try.

    Cheers

    DaveP
     
  7. DaveP

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    gab2001uk, easywritereader installed ok but I still cant see the files on the RAM disk, this is no big deal really - just a bit frustrating!

    I'll upgrade to Me and see if that does the trick

    Thanks anyway

    Dave
     
  8. DaveP

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    I put 98Me on last night and it doesn't read the DVD-RAM disks either so I've gone for an XP installation. During the install it actualy states "support for DVD-RAM media" Just as well really as I'm running out of options!

    Thanks

    Dave
     

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