Hi I have a Toshiba Satellite M305D laptop running Vista Premium, which was bought in the USA.
I have been trying to play DVDs from Australia aswell as Europe but when I insert the DVDs it displays a message saying that I can change the region of the drive 5 times and then gives me a list of the different regions.
Is there a way of making the drive region free as I believe once you change the drive region 5 times it is unplayable?
What I do when I want to watch region 1 dvd's on my computer I use AnyDVD, amongst other things AnyDVD allows any disk that is played to emulate the chosen default region.
In the Video DVD/settings of AnyDVD you choose the default region, this basically means that as long as AnyDVD is running in the background (its icon will be shown next to the clock at the bottom right of the screen) then any disk that are either played or backed up will be done so with the default region, so if I wanted to play or backup a region 1 dvd and my default region was set on region 2, then this region 1 disk would appear and be played has a region 2 disk. The same would apply if I were backing the disk up as well.
AnyDVD is an excellent program especially if you are careless with DVD's or have kids, has amongst other things it will allow you to make a backup of your DVD's. I wouldn't like to think how much money I spent on new DVD's that my kids had scratched before I got AnyDVD. Its well worth the money!
FatboySlim71 Many years ago that was the case but it is not so prevelant now as it used to be. Some world premiers are now held in the UK as well as other cities around the world. I attended one in Bangkok a couple of years ago. I travel a lot and this has always annoyed me so I have my main DVD palyer on my TV chipped to all region.
I used to have this on my PC as well but I haven't bothered with my current players as it is still a risky thing to do if you don't do it 100% correctly.