New Computer, How to make DVD Drive region Free?

  Green 1 02:18 03 Oct 2006

I have a new computer with XP and the DVD drive is a Sony G120a, when I did a copy it said in a box that I had FIVE goes and it will lock on the last one, please can anybody tell me how to make it region free or to have unlimited goes. I hope I have explained that right and you can understand it, I did have a look on the net but my skills are not too good and I`m not very techie anyway I didn`t find a way to do it. Many thanks for any replies I may get.

  €dstowe 06:52 03 Oct 2006

How many different region disks are you going to be playing?

I used to think it was important for something like the thing you asking about but, in practice, in all my DVD watching on a computer, I've changed the region twice. This is over about 10 -12 years.

  skidzy 07:01 03 Oct 2006

Thats it im afraid,you are only allowed 4 changes and locks to the 5th.
Even a reinstallation of windows will not allow the change or moving the dvd drive to another computer.

It is locked,and ive never heard of a way to unlock it.Someone else may know a way though.

Hope this helps

  radi8or 07:12 03 Oct 2006

Try a google search for DVD region free software
there's quite a few,but I couldn't see any free ones.
Only other way is a firmware flash, risky, as you say "I`m not very techie" and there are other considerations click here


  postie24 18:52 03 Oct 2006

try css region free,that works.not sure if its a freebie tho

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:18 03 Oct 2006

There are actually up to 3 region protections on a system:
- 1 in the DVD drive
- 1 in the Operating System (windows) - More info on Windows region management.
- 1 in the software player (eg. WinDVD, PowerDVD...)

When you flash your drive with a region free firmware (RPC-1), you remove the region counter from the drive itself completely, but with this counter gone, the software counters kick in to replace the one from the DVD drive. This means that you still have these other 2 to defeat!!!.
An alternate region free solution that is available for some drives is known as an "Autoreset" firmware: Instead of removing the counter from the drive completely, the counter simply resets itself to an unlocked state when the computer is restarted. This way, the drive appears as region protected (RPC-2) but the counter can be changed indefinitely. Creating autoreset patches is slightly more difficult for the patcher, but makes the life of the user easier because DVD Genie and Region Killer are not required as they are for RPC-1 firmwares.
On the other hand, it's easy for software manufacturers to detect autoreset firmwares, and if they decide to do so, you will still need a software patch in the long run. This is why RPC-1 firmwares are seen by most as the long term solution.

So, unless a program like DISCInfo click here or Drive Region Info tells you that your drive is still protected or you used an autoreset firmware, your drive IS region free, and any region counters that you still see come from software region settings.

To bypass that, you need to use programs such as DVD Genie click here or DVD Region Killer click here (the later is highly recommanded).

Note: Currently, the only software region free solution when using WinDVD Platinum to play DVD's is WinDVD Tweaker Pro ($18.00 US) click here

xvi has written up an excellent article with even more information click here

  mike1967 19:24 03 Oct 2006

Any DVD will do it but its not free

click here

  postie24 19:38 03 Oct 2006

paste this in to google DVD Region CSS Free v5.9.6.5

  harry1888 19:44 03 Oct 2006

Is it a desktop? If so you should have a dvd recordable drive and a dvd rom. Make the recordable one region 2 and the rom region 1.

  Green 1 02:08 04 Oct 2006

Many thanks for the helpful replies, it seems to me that this task is above me and to try it will most likely mess up my computer or at least I will. Once again thank you for the response you are all very kind.

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