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stayfrosty
28th April 2005, 09:39 AM
After many months of thinking, I am going to purchase my first Apple being a Powerbook.

I will be purchasing the Powerbook in Hong Kong and I am wondering if the DVD will be regionally locked.

If it is, does anyone know of any firmware etc to unlock the superdrive to become multiregional?

BigAD
28th April 2005, 09:43 AM
If it is region locked.

Just use VLC

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14738

iSlayer
28th April 2005, 09:45 AM
there is firmware you can get to unlock them but vlc is a btter way to go

hawker
28th April 2005, 10:00 AM
Originally posted by islayer@Apr 28 2005, 09:45 AM
there is firmware you can get to unlock them but vlc is a btter way to go
VLC doesn't always handle "warnings" etc. that well, it can sometimes end up in a loop I've found. YAY for DVD Backup ;)

purana
28th April 2005, 10:02 AM
Reminds me of the fellow who posted on whirlpool and broke a superdrive by attempting a flash of firmware. Poor buggers ;)

iSlayer
28th April 2005, 10:03 AM
you can also put vlc into file mode and then it will just play the actual movie and skip the rest

richbowen
28th April 2005, 10:04 AM
My understanding is that the region is locked after your 4th or 5th (?) DVD. You can play any region initially, but you need to take care that the 4th DVD is the region that you want to lock. I recall receiving a message to this effect when I played the first DVD on my iBook a while back.

iSlayer
28th April 2005, 10:06 AM
Originally posted by richbowen@Apr 28 2005, 11:04 AM
My understanding is that the region is locked after your 4th or 5th (?) DVD. You can play any region initially, but you need to take care that the 4th DVD is the region that you want to lock. I recall receiving a message to this effect when I played the first DVD on my iBook a while back.
yes you can change the region code 5 times.after thats its locked permanatly unless you reset it with 3rd party software or flash it

Kildare
28th April 2005, 01:59 PM
Already used up one change on my iBook Combo drive but VLC is definately the way to go.

Having fiddled a bit with PC DVD firmware is there any decent flashing / dumping utilities for Mac as you could effectively dump your firmware & then re-flash it as required.

marc
28th April 2005, 03:31 PM
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

To search for firmware:
http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_search.php

BigAD
28th April 2005, 03:53 PM
Does anyone know if VLC works on G5s with other region DVDs.

It works fine on my ibook but I have never got it working on my iMac.

JimWOz
28th April 2005, 04:13 PM
A new machine out of the box will not have the drive set to any region. This is also true of a new external or bare drive. It will ask you if you want to set it to the region of the first DVD region encoded disk you insert, and after that you have 4 more changes available. I believe it is possible to perform a couple of vendor resets which give you 5 more each time, but then it locks. - I think I learned this from the rpc1.org site. There is firmware available for some drives to make them region free, however Apple's own DVD player still complains each time a disk region change happens, but the disk will play.

There are a couple of work arounds I know to use out of region disks.
First use the freeware VLC player from videolan.org. These just play happily, the drive region setting is circumvented somehow.
Second rip the disk using Mactheripper and then use DVD2One and Toast to make a new disk that is region free, or of the local region the drive is set to. These will then play happily with DVD Player.

Kildare
28th April 2005, 06:10 PM
Originally posted by marc@Apr 28 2005, 04:31 PM
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php

To search for firmware:
http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_search.php
That's a great site - unfortunately there is no firmware (new or RPC-1) for the Matshita CW-8123 atm. :(

ETHERSPIN
9th May 2006, 12:55 PM
VLC doesnt work on anything newer than an Imac G5, the disc isnt even available for reading by other programs unless the region aligns with what your drive is set to.. and i dont think there is any region free firmware for the matshita UJ-845D in my imac g5 revis b

iSlayer
9th May 2006, 01:25 PM
my understanding is the newer matshita drives have new technology that prevents anything from reading a dvd until the drive has the same region as the disc.
cant remember where i read that but i can certainly say that it seems to be the case as ive experienced the issue with both my intel imac and mac book pro

Edward79
29th August 2007, 10:39 PM
After almost a year my MATSHITADVD-R UJ-857 superdrive is now region free.
I have tried it with several DVDs that an hour ago didn't work because they were from the wrong region (I was set to 4) and now do.

Seems like the firmware needed was only written in the past month!
Here's the link - please read it all carefully before using

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?printertopic=1&t=38176&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=0

Basically I had to download the apple firmware update then run it to go from revision HAE4 to HAEA, then run the firmware ben11 has written (on page 2 of the above forum thread) and in those two simple steps I was region free!

Enjoy!!!

JimWOz
2nd September 2007, 01:18 PM
This appears to work just fine for me.

My Black Macbook core duo 2.0GHz UJ-857 firmware was upgraded to HBEA by the recent Superdrive update from Apple, so was eligible for this mod.

Just use Region X to change region setting on the drive prior to playing a disk with DVD Player.
(The drive doesn't like some disks that don't match its region setting, so you get unhappy drive noises instead of the region change message.)

My library of DVD's purchased from Amazon US and UK are now all useable on my laptop, as well as my unmodified Sony DVD player connected to the TV !! - But lets not start on that again....