Re: Region-free DVD drives
From: Jim Richardson (warlock_at_eskimo.com)
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 20:34:35 -0800
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On 05 Jan 2004 22:01:25 +0100,
LEE Sau Dan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>>>> "Steve" == Steve <ADDRESS_MUNGED_TO_PREVENT_SPAM_PLEASE_REPLY_TO_GROUPstevesusenet@yahwho.com> writes:
> Steve> A few months back I was on the Xine list to get xine
> Steve> working. Someone sent me a gpl c program to change the
> Steve> regions on my dvd. I sent it to Xine and they said they
> Steve> would archive it.
> Can't the region code setting on the drive be changed for at most 5
Funny thing about that. When I was using W98 to view DVDs (prior to
setting it up under Linux the first time) I was reading the docs for
PowerDVD (ick, what a shitty app, but I digress)
Turns out, that the "5 times and that's it" bit, is software driven...
after changing the region 5 times, the DVD player *software* triggers
the firmware fuse to pop, fixing the region at whatever it was the last
Needless to say, if you never trigger that fuse, you can change as many
times as you want. PowerDVD would let you buy a new copy, that would
allow you to change the region 4 more times w/o burning the firmware.
Of course, if you could extract the crap it put in the registry, then
you didn't need to buy a new copy.
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-- Jim Richardson http://www.eskimo.com/~warlock Cheer up! Things may be getting worse at a slower rate!