where to get an all region DVD drive?

  BeForU 17:48 07 Oct 2003

Hello! Does anybody know where to get an all region DVD drive for the PC from an online store? Preferably a Japanese/Asian brand would be good! Thanks!

  johnnyrocker 18:04 07 Oct 2003

click here



  BeForU 19:34 07 Oct 2003

thanks for the link but what im really looking for is a DVD drive for my PC and not a stand-alone one!

after some heavy searching ive managed to come across a DVD drive that took my attention! click here

the one that interests me is the Samsung SD-616QBB 16x48x DVD-ROM! for an extra £5.88 i can have it region free as well!

so what i would like to know is this a good drive or are there better ones?

  Wizzle 20:52 07 Oct 2003

why not get any old dvd player and then download AnyDVD which will make the drive multi-region.

  BeForU 20:59 07 Oct 2003

well ive tried a few so called region free programs for my current DVD drive and they just dont work! so buying a region free dvd drive is the only option i can see so far!

  kinger 21:09 07 Oct 2003


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  BeForU 21:16 07 Oct 2003

ummmm....yeah i already tried that program and it doesnt seem to work! thanks anyways though!

  The Sack 21:27 07 Oct 2003

You have to make the DVD-ROM drive region free before you start fooling windows in to thinking it is region free.

You will probably find a firmware here click here that will make your drive region free.

  Ironman556 23:40 07 Oct 2003

Seems a pretty good drive, I've not used it for any region other than R2, but the options there if I want to. I know there's other ways of working around, but for £5 is iot worth messing about?

  kuhbler 19:41 09 Oct 2003

I use a SD-616F which I region-freed myself using a little firmware patch I found (think on the website mentioned above. It was quite a while ago so can't remember).

To be honest I would pay the extra to have the company do it just in case it all goes wrong and the drive stops working, at least they would be liable for it.

I always had problems with DVD-Region Free as well. Worked with some stuff that didn't have macro-vison and nothing that did. Was using WinDVD as the software.

  chuds 20:08 09 Oct 2003

I have three dvd drives in three seperate machines, all region free via firmware upgrades.

It is very easy to do, but read the instructions contained in any update file first.

Liteon's are easy and very nice drives.

Try DVD Genie, I have been using this for five years now and have had no problems at all.

Remember under XP the rules about region changes are different, it defaults to only one change.

DVD Genie can be found here click here and there are also links to firmware upgrade sites.

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