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Citizen77

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« on: 03-01-2002 12:55 »

Does anybody know if the Oritron DVD100 is region free? I want to buy a region free player so I can buy Futurama Season 1 DVDs.
If not this player, any other suggestions?
I have about $125.00 to spend    cool
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #1 on: 03-01-2002 14:21 »

Sorry I don't, if you are from the UK then I would sugest that you check out a shop called Richer Sounds, there are plenty nationally and if you don't know of any near you then go onto their website http://www.richersounds.com
Nixorbo

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« Reply #2 on: 03-01-2002 14:42 »

If he's from the UK why would he need a region-free player for the Futurama DVD's?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #3 on: 03-01-2002 15:04 »
« Last Edit on: 03-01-2002 15:04 by edeltraut »

Good point, well in the US you're gonna get Season 2 of The Simpsons before us so it could be useful.

*makes a sharp exit*
SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #4 on: 03-01-2002 15:11 »

 
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
Good point, well in the US your gonna get Season 2 of The Simpsons before us so it could be useful.

*makes a sharp exit*

and maybe there are other dvds too...
Teral

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« Reply #5 on: 03-01-2002 15:51 »

 
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Originally posted by SpacemanSpiff:
 and maybe there are other dvds too...

Bah, that's just an urban legend.
PainoMan

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« Reply #6 on: 03-01-2002 15:57 »

Go to www.vcdhelp.com

They have user reviews for just about every DVD player under the sun and what they do and do not play.
cellery

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« Reply #7 on: 03-01-2002 15:59 »

 
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Originally posted by Citizen77:
Does anybody know if the Oritron DVD100 is region free? I want to buy a region free player so I can buy Futurama Season 1 DVDs.
If not this player, any other suggestions?
I have about $125.00 to spend     cool

 http://www.google.com

Type in "Oritron DVD100 Region Free" and you should have all the info you need. You can also find it for under $100.
PainoMan

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« Reply #8 on: 03-01-2002 16:03 »

Also, don't forget.. even though the DVD player maybe region free, you still have to make sure it can play DVDs in the PAL format, or that you have a multi-format TV, or a PAL>NTCS converter.
PainoMan

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« Reply #9 on: 03-01-2002 16:05 »

Dude, that cellery looks positively phallic!
SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #10 on: 03-01-2002 16:06 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
 Bah, that's just an urban legend.

oh yeah?! and what's this?!
*gets out spoon*
Teral

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« Reply #11 on: 03-01-2002 16:15 »

That's not a spoon, this is a spoon!!
SpacemanSpiff

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« Reply #12 on: 03-01-2002 16:19 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
That's not a spoon, this is a spoon!!

you've never played spoon and knife before, right?  wink
Teral

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« Reply #13 on: 03-01-2002 16:23 »

Sure, just couldn't remember the correct dialogue.  laff
Moonside

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« Reply #14 on: 03-01-2002 16:43 »

Isn't that "knifey-spoony"?
McGrady

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« Reply #15 on: 03-01-2002 17:57 »

That's not a knoif, this is a knoif.

That's not a knife, it's a spoon.

Oh, I see you've play knoifey spoony behfor.
Teral

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« Reply #16 on: 03-01-2002 18:31 »

Yeah, that's it. Great scene.  laff
Tor

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« Reply #17 on: 03-01-2002 18:34 »

 www.dvd.box.sk
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #18 on: 03-01-2002 19:40 »

I have a question that I'm sure has been asked several times.  I can set my DVD player on my computer to play region 2 DVDs if I want.  Will this make the Futurama DVDs playable?  If so, I'm ordering myself a set instantly.  Any advice is welcome.  smile
cellery

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« Reply #19 on: 03-01-2002 19:48 »

PC, Mac, what? You can change the region code on your drive 5 times before it locks on the region of the last disc you played. This is just so manufacturers can ship computers all over the world without worrying about region coding. For me, I had to download a firmware patch that upgraded the software inside the DVD drive to an RPC-1 drive (region free). I'm sure a Google search will tell you if your DVD drive has RPC-1 firmware available or not.
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #20 on: 03-01-2002 19:50 »

It's for a PC.  My entire system was just reset actually, so I think if I put the Region 2 DVDs in there it will soo enough lock those ones into place.  I'd like to have the set if only for the sake of having them, but it's kind of dumb if they don't work.

I should do that search.
Just Chris

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« Reply #21 on: 03-02-2002 00:57 »

When you say locking, do you mean that the DVD player will permanently stay region 2 if you've played the DVD enough times? I wanna be able to switch back and forth.
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #22 on: 03-02-2002 01:11 »

Yeah, it stays in that region permanently after that.

I have a DVD player for my TV though, so it doesn't matter to me if this one is a different region, in fact I think it's a good thing.
Priz

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« Reply #23 on: 03-02-2002 02:19 »

If you want a standalone dvd player for cheap that converts PAL -> NTSC and does all region right out of the box, get the Daewoo 3000n, 5000n, 5700n, etc. for $99 or so from Sam's Club. (all those models do it, I don't know which your local sam's club currently stocks. They also have slightly different features.) If you buy it, also spend $5 to get a full 1 year extended warranty. There's a great message board on these players at http://www.nerd-out.com/forum/  (I bought one after reading the forum for info. A friend bought a Apex AD-1500 after reading their Apex forum and can play his R2 PAL discs just fine too.)

The nice thing about playing dvd's on your computer is it doesn't care about the difference between PAL and NTSC. There's 2 types of settings you have to worry about. The first newer operating systems take advantage of (in the firmware) which can be patched. Normally, this sets the firmware so after you've switched it 5 times, no matter where you move the drive to (another machine or reinstall the OS), it's locked into whatever region you set it the 5th time. This lets you change that infinite times to whatever region you choose. You can find firmware patches at http://perso.club-internet.fr/farzeno/firmware/

For certain programs like PowerDVD, they also have a limit they set (software) on changing the region. I assume since it's the same # as the firmware(5), they might assume everything just gets changed at once. If you go to google, search for dvd genie. That program will circumvent the software # of region changes.

Unless you own a mac. Then you're screwed.
(j/k)

I hope that helps. ^_^
bankrupt

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« Reply #24 on: 03-04-2002 22:43 »

It's funny Priz, I just bought a Daewoo 5700 yesterday after reading about it on the nerd-out forums last week.  It was easy enough to hack the region settings (just need to hit a few keys on the remote).  Do you know if you have to do anything special to enable the NTSC-PAL conversion or will it do that automatically?   I had to send my Futurama disks back for replacement, so I don't have any other region 2 disks to try out the player.
Priz

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« Reply #25 on: 03-05-2002 02:59 »

I bought a 5000n because I wanted all region, but it doesn't stack up to my $399 Toshiba. It's still good, though. ^_^ I assume they're the same as far as menus. All you have to do is in the menu where it says "PAL/NTSC/Auto" is set it to NTSC. voila, all discs play automagically. (You could try auto, in case they fixed it...) That's all I had to do to get my SPACED dvd running. I haven't tried the Futurama discs yet.

Speaking of the Futurama discs from the UK, I scanned in the covers of the first two:
 http://www.acs-teens.org/dvd/

(I couldn't get my site to come up and my work domain is faster.)
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