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21st June 2005 21:53  #1

Holly Short Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1
How to set to multiregion
Both of my last 2 laptops have had multiregion DVD players.  However you can only switch between regions up to 7 times.  It won't allow you to change from the 7th region used - you run out of options to change regions.  Does anyone know a way around this.

Thanks

21st June 2005 22:25  #2

Stefano Agostini Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 116
Apperently even if you un-install windows you can get your 7 changes back.

21st June 2005 23:20  #3

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
There are programs that allow you to change them as many times as you like. It plays with the registry to make the original program think its always the first time. One of them is called DVD genie.

22nd June 2005 8:37  #4

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
or DVD-Region Free - some drives can be very picky though (matsushita is a pain and doesn't work with most region free software....
Oh and also be carefull that some drives have their own firmware which will detect region change and even if you reinstall software from scratch, you may have a problem where it is locked.
Also you can get a firmware patch for your drive but be carefull!

22nd June 2005 12:40  #5

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
The first thing I did when I bought my laptop (which I no longer have) was to change the firmware for the DVDROM drive to a region-free version. Means the region can be changed as many times as you want and the hardware wont eventually stick on one. Sometimes using these firmware updates release extra features in the hardware like making DVD writers more reliable, faster and support cheaper discs with new dyes.

Then I got DVDGenie and PowerDVD, although you can use lots of alternatives to PowerDVD. DVDGenie helps to get around any software based region changing limitations such as those included in PowerDVD and Windows.

It's good to have a multiregion player as you have much more choice with the eastern Asia countries producing better and better special editions every day, and you benefit from the lower prices in the same way as big businesses outsource abroad.

24th June 2005 15:15  #6

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
My laptop has a darn matsushita drive that still has no firmware patch to make it rpc-1 - luckily I will be selling it soon...

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