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kudos
3rd June 2004, 04:22 PM
Just wondered if there's any way to make the superdrive in my new
Powerbook 15 region free??

I know there was a firmware update for previous models that allowed this:

http://superdrive.cynikal.net/

Any ideas? My DVD players have been region free since my first in 1997
and I don't fancy going backwards now!!

Kudos

Disko
3rd June 2004, 04:31 PM
Its annoying isn't it. I mean, the computer is portable - therefore multi-region.

I did a firmware hack on my 17" revA superdrive which doubled it's DVD burning speed and made it region free, but last i heard (some weeks ago now) the 15" still hasn't got a 3rd party firmware patch for it...

Maybe someone else has heard more?

sillydog701
3rd June 2004, 04:56 PM
What about the Combodrive?

And does anyone have a link for superdrive for PowerMac G4 (desktop)?

thanks

Quamen
3rd June 2004, 05:47 PM
Aren't all DVD players sold in Australia meant to be region free anyway?

Or doesn't this apply to computers? I know most PC dvd-drives can be hacked.

I'm sure it won't take long for someone to hack it.

Is it set? or do you get 5 changes like on my LG drive in my PC?

kudos
3rd June 2004, 05:58 PM
Yep 5 changes and your done...

K

LCGuy
5th June 2004, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by Quamen@Jun 3 2004, 05:47 PM
Aren't all DVD players sold in Australia meant to be region free anyway?
Nope. AFAIK most DVD players sold in AU can only play Region 4 DVD's. Mine can only play Region 4, anyhoo.

macpimp
5th June 2004, 10:02 PM
as soon as there's a region free firmware patch for the aluminium powerbook dvd drives it will probably be posted here:

http://www.wormintheapple.gr/macdvd/download2.html

sillydog701
6th June 2004, 01:28 AM
Originally posted by macpimp@Jun 5 2004, 10:02 PM
http://www.wormintheapple.gr/macdvd/download2.html
Thanks for the link, but they don't have the one for my Superdrive, Pioneer DVR-105
:-(

DVD Plaza
7th June 2004, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by LCGuy+Jun 5 2004, 01:50 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (LCGuy @ Jun 5 2004, 01:50 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Quamen@Jun 3 2004, 05:47 PM
Aren&#39;t all DVD players sold in Australia meant to be region free anyway?
Nope. AFAIK most DVD players sold in AU can only play Region 4 DVD&#39;s. Mine can only play Region 4, anyhoo. [/b][/quote]
This changed a few years ago. Australians have a legally protected right to import movies for PERSONAL use - however region coding prevents you playing such discs and therefore violates your rights. The ACCC began investigating this a few years ago - I&#39;m not sure anything came of it but virtually all (big name) manufacturers overnight began making their players region free.

Quamen
7th June 2004, 09:12 PM
That&#39;s exactly what I meant DVD PLaza. But I was under the impression that the ACCC passed some kind of law. I guess not since apple and others still sell regioned DVD drives for comptuers. Bummer huh. At least most of the PC drives can be flashed or software over-ridden.