Volume level at max but quieter?!

  Cluelessone 11:19 12 Dec 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen your assistance please:
Sony Vaio FJ3N running XPsp3:

Put in a Region 1 DVD and was prompted to install Interactual Player2 to give full functionality/access to the disk. Foolishly agreed. DVD subsequently ran, but I needed full volume to hear it and it had changed my screen res……

Tried to change the screen res to discover usual 5 settings were now reduced to 3!

Uninstalled “Interactual Player” to no avail. Finally completed a system restore. 5 levels of screen res now returned, but still need volume level at max to hear any CD/DVD properly. Other Windows sounds not associated with the DVD/CD play at normal levels.

The only other thing of note is that my DVD region is now 2 with no changes left..

Any tips?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:10 12 Dec 2008

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).

  Cluelessone 12:30 12 Dec 2008


Thanks for the info but how do I restore my volume level..............

  ashdav 10:08 13 Dec 2008

Go to the Windows volume icon in the taskbar and right click on it.
Select open volume control and make sure the wave control is around midway.
If you can't see it,click on options/propereties and tick the box to show it.
You'll find that the BBC iPlayer fiddles with this too.

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