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Region Hacking for VHS recorders

Discussion in 'Digital TV & Video Players & Recorders' started by sojourneyer, Sep 15, 2005.

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  1. sojourneyer

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    I have three vhs recorders which only play in NTSC format.
    Is there any way you can unlock them to Play PAL (Australia) tapes as well.
    My recorders are:
    JVC HR- VP78U
    Panasonic PV-V4624S
    Panasonic PV-V4623S
    I also have a KLH KD 1220 DVD. How can you unlock it to play dvds for all regions..

    Any help you can give me in this regard is greatly appreciated.
    Mail to tentativeone@hotmail.com

    Thanks
    Michael
     
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    VCR's are not 'region coded' like DVD players. Hacking a DVD player to play all region discs is just a matter of a small software change. But on a VCR if it is not designed to play other broadcast formats then you can't do anything (without spending more money than the VCR is worth) to change it. A DVD player will be designed to work with both PAL & NTSC standards and the hack just tells it that it is ok to play the different regions in whatever broadcast standard the discs are created in. The same as for your VCR, if the DVD player was designed to play NTSC only then the region hack would not change this.
    So IMO the bad news is that you will need to get a new VCR to play PAL tapes if your current model wont play them.

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    And to make your DVD player multiregion I had a look Here and the listed hack is:

    1) Press PAUSE button
    2) Press numbers 3826210937
    3) Wait 5 sec
    4) Press 5
    5) Press Pause
    6) Press Enter
    7) Power off and wait 1 min.

    Mark.
     
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    I am trying to be able to read PAL tapes with my NTSC VCRs.
    Is there any way one can hack a vcr to enable it to read tapes from any region.

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    Not at anything close to a reasonable cost :mad:

    To modify an NTSC VCR to play PAL tapes would mean getting out the soldering iron and replacing internal parts and therefore IMO your best bet would be to get another VCR that can play PAL tapes.

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    Indeed. VHS machines are so cheap nowadays, it simply isn't cost effective to even repair broken ones. And they certainly cannot be easily converted from PAL to NTSC. The tape runs at a different speed; the head spins at a different speed, and the AV circuitry runs at wholly different frequencies. This is an entirely different issue to that of region coding in DVD players (which are pretty well all made to play both PAL and NTSC.)
     

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