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Jet Blue
06-17-2003, 07:24 AM
I have read the following:

"You can chose the zone you want, and then play the DVD. It's really cool isn't it ? But you can do this only 5 times. After that, the DVD player wont let you change anymore. BUT I did not quit the DVDPlayer, and I noticed that the zone of the DVD-ROM drive didn't had changed So the big stupid bug seems to be the fact that the changes are written when you quit the DVDPlayer. So what you can do to avoid the saving of the DVD zone change is to kill the app instead of quitting it normal."

Is there any utility that works under OS X instead of killing DVD Player all the time? I haven't tested this though, so I can's say it's the only solution. Maybe some of you have.

ICCAFSN
06-30-2003, 12:17 AM
The only real way to switch between zones as many times as you want (without having to force quit DVD Player) is to flash your DVD drive's firmware (http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php) to a modified firmware that will make the drive RPC1 (instead of RPC2). RPC1 drives have their region information stored in software which you can edit using RegionX, whereas RPC2 drives have their region information stored in hardware.

kaye
06-30-2003, 06:58 AM
ICCAFSN, I was wondering about that myself. Nice going. k

Jet Blue
07-01-2003, 06:39 AM
Thank you ICCAFSN. I will try that on my new Ti. So far I have thought of watching region 4 DVDs (Latin America)in my PowerBook and region 1 DVD's in my fiance's iBook as he has bought it with all 4 region switches already wasted. Ain't that a good idea after all? LOL http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

eric
07-01-2003, 09:50 AM
Jet Blue,

One other thing you might want to know if you flash your drive to make it region free.

If you want to use Apple's DVD Player, you'll need to use either Region or Region X to change the region settings manually whenever you're using discs from a different region. Both of those are available at Mac DVD Resource (http://www.wormintheapple.gr/macdvd/download.html). There are some other tools/utilities there for resetting the drive, but the flashing the firmware may be enough to revert it back to an unlocked state.

ICCAFSN provided a link to the Firmware Page, where you can find firmware and also a Mac devoted forum if you need help. You can also find a bunch of the firmware flashers for the OEM drives on this page at
Mac DVD Resource (http://www.wormintheapple.gr/macdvd/download2.html). Probably goes without saying, but read the 'read mes' carefully, and be patient during the flashing; otherwise, you may end up with a dead drive.

Another alternative to multi-region playback is to use VCL Media Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html) instead of Apple's DVD Player if you don't want to flash your drive or if an updated flasher isn't yet available. VLC doesn't do the region checks that DVD Player does.