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Should I do the mod to my DVD drive in my iBook?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by IanB, May 23, 2002.

  1. IanB

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    Hi folks.

    I have just bought an Apple iBook with a DVD/CD-RW drive (I think it's a Sony). I've found some software to modify the firmware and make it multi region, but before I do does anybody know of any pitfalls, issues or problems? Apparently I have 4 out of the 5 region switches left.

    All info will be read with interest.

    TIA
     
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    where did you get the hacked firmware from ???

    i did this to my toshiba drive on my dell.

    they should have the original firmware on the site too, if you need to send it back for any reason at a later date it may be handy to have this saved on a cd.

    my recomendation - Go or it ;)
     
  3. IanB

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    I got the updater from :

    http://www.opuscc.com/download/

    I think it's dedicated to Mac, though I haven't done any diging for other updaters.

    I'll give it ago and report back.
     
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    I assume you have a reasonable knowledge of flashing?

    A bad flash can destroy your drive :eek:

    Some drives are recoverable after a bad flash, some are not.

    It's not too difficult, but you should be aware of this.

    Hope she's RPC1 soon :p
     
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    Rather than tampering with the firmware why not use a software resetter? I used to use one on an old G4 tower and had no problems with it at all.
    Can't for the life of me remember what it was called (could probably dig it out tho if needed) but here are a few sites on the subject that I had bookmaked:

    Worm in the apple

    Region free DVD conversion

    Markus Fritze
     
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    OK, just read a few post on the Apple support discussions and it seems that the site you have metioned above is the best one around for up to date firmware. Also things have changed, it seems, from when I used to use a simple app to reset the region count :(

    Have you used the apple discussions - theres a lot of info on there.
     
  7. IanB

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    Thomson

    I have looked briefly on Apple support, and yes that's where I found the above site, however I don't think I can do the mod yet as the updater for is 'work in progress' (I'm sure I've seen though I can remember where that the drive in my iBook is a Sony).

    Looking at the feedback on the site I noticed this:

    HOWEVER, I wonder how many people are aware that it is possible to have a multi-region drive with OS X just by having several logins. For example, I have used all my region changes on my login and it is currently stuck on Region 2 until the new version of Region X appears. BUT if I log-in as a different user and open DVD Player 3.0.1 it is back to its original state with 5 resets remaining. I am the only one who didn't know this?

    I suppose I could live with that method of working as I'm not going to be watching DVD's on it that often - I'm too busy using it to work on!
     
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    the above would suggest a software region setting, rather than region info held in firmware of the drive.
     

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