Originally posted by Chump:
Do you mean to tell me that I can put any region DVD into a DVDROM drive and it works!?! Why didn't anyone tell me!? Aww... I've been making an ass out of myself.
It's not that easy. There are all sorts of safeguards to be bypassed. I think I wrote a page or so about this awhile back, but it may have been in offtopic. I'll look around for it.
Originally posted by M5438:
I have some information for people outside Western Europe, Japan, or South Africa as to playing the region 2 discs.
Disclaimer: I'm not guaranteeing that any of this will work. In fact, the sites I'm linking don't grantee it either. Don't come crying to me if you screw something up.
If you don't feel comfortable screwing around with your computer or DVD-Player then the safest thing you can do is to buy a region free model. These can be had on eBay for around $120 USD.
One thing to pay attention to: If you live somewhere where PAL is not the standard (eg. outside most of Europe or Australia) you need to get one that can convert PAL to NTSC (the format for USA, Canada, and Japan.)
If you already have a DVD-Player that is the wrong region you may be able to hack it by entering a code on your remote. Be aware of the NTSC/PAL problem. If your player can convert the format then that information will be in the manual. Mine has it on the specifications page under “signal system” as "NTSC/PAL." Meaning that it can deal with both.
If yours can convert then there is a nice list of hacks at: http://www.regionfreedvd.net/players.html
Most DVD-ROM drives made recently have some sort of internal system that lets you change the region up to five times. If you have a different DVD-Player and have one of these drives then a good way to play region two discs is to make your computer dedicated for region 2.
It is possible to make your computer something like region-free. All pre-2000 drives don’t have hardware locks, and some later ones have been hacked. However, even if you don’t have hardware locks, you still need to override the software locks. A good site to go to is http://www.inmatrix.com/genie/
. The FAQ site there is very good and tells you everything you need to know, and the guy who runs it has created a nice software package for overriding the region locks in DVD-Software.
Note: I wouldn’t try messing with windows region locks. Mess with the third-party stuff instead.
Another Note: PAL/NTSC is irrelevant for computers. Both have to be converted to display on the monitor anyway.
There is one more thing that's come to my attention since I wrote this. Some of the hacks don't override the drive's internal counter, they reset it. In that case you don't have to do anything to the software locks. Also, reset the counter before it hits zero, or you may regret it.