Running commercial dvd on laptop running vista

  markkings 17:21 02 Sep 2010

I purchased a set of classic dvds from amazon and found that they would not run on my laptop. A message came up that it was the wrong zone and gave the opportunity to change the zone. Highlighted was FREE. The two other were western europe with another area and the third was I believe the USA.
The DVD runs ok on a TV with DVD combined.
Can anyone tell me should I change the area on my laptop from FREE to Western Europe without producing other problems?

  james105051 18:02 02 Sep 2010

You can change it if you want, but most are limited to 5 such changes, then locks at the last selected.

Something here click here may be a better solution for you.

  eedcam 18:23 02 Sep 2010

Amazon usually states what region the dvd's are and warn i9f they are not regiong 2 if they did not then get back top them to see if there are region 2 versions available

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:18 02 Sep 2010

Region setting
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).

  Miké 21:07 02 Sep 2010

Try VLC click here i think this will play any region.

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