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Parm

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« on: 10-25-2002 04:28 »
« Last Edit on: 10-25-2002 04:28 »

...on a region-free dvd player...I want to buy the Futurama and Family Guy DVDs and I could use a new DVD player also...so I wanted to know of any good brand DVD players that happen to be region-free also (such as Pioneer or Sony for example)...thanks
Mitsui

Starship Captain
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« Reply #1 on: 10-25-2002 14:02 »

The Toshiba SD220 is supposedly very good, I think Ill be getting one myself. You can get it multi-region over the intewrnet, such as from http://www.richersounds.com
aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #2 on: 10-25-2002 15:05 »

The Cyberhome ADL528 is also good, got it recently, cheap, functions and no dissapointments so far. From Richer Sounds.
bart182

Professor
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« Reply #3 on: 10-26-2002 18:24 »

you could always get a dvdrom drive for like 20 bucks.

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Armor_Biff

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« Reply #4 on: 10-26-2002 22:30 »

Not sure if this is good enough for you but...  I bought a DVD player made by  LG  and it works great. It has the ability to play DVDs from all regions, just a simple code on the remote to switch between regions.
Parm

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« Reply #5 on: 10-27-2002 13:30 »

anyone know specifically if there are any multi-region DVD players that have DTS & Dolby Digital output, Component and S-video outputs, and can play CDs & CD-Rs?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #6 on: 10-27-2002 15:48 »

I don't know of any specific players like that, but I do know that you can get pretty much any DVD player chipped, so that it's multi-region smile
bankrupt

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« Reply #7 on: 10-27-2002 17:41 »

I have a Daewoo 5700 DVD player.  You can make it multi-region easily by using the remote control.  It also has a built in NTSC/PAL convertor(needed if you live in the US).  All for $99.  It has most features of more expensive players, so it works well as an all around DVD player too.
aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #8 on: 10-27-2002 17:55 »

 
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
I don't know of any specific players like that, but I do know that you can get pretty much any DVD player chipped, so that it's multi-region  smile

Actually most DVD players also come with a built in 'code'. If you key in (for example)
Eject, 5, menu, pause, skip, subtitles.
the DVD player will bring up a menu, allowing you to set it as region free, or region 1-8 (or whatever it is!).
Our DVD player has that, and no need for warantee voiding or paying for it to be chipped!

Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #9 on: 10-27-2002 18:33 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
 Actually most DVD players also come with a built in 'code'. If you key in (for example)
Eject, 5, menu, pause, skip, subtitles.
the DVD player will bring up a menu, allowing you to set it as region free, or region 1-8 (or whatever it is!).
Our DVD player has that, and no need for warantee voiding or paying for it to be chipped!


That's really cool, you're lucky smile I'm not sure if mines got that built in, if only I knew wink But mine's a Sony, and they're really tight on security, and they're an arse to get multi-regionalised. But thanx for the advice  smile
aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #10 on: 10-27-2002 18:54 »

Hey, what make is your DVD player, i'll see if i can find a code (unless you've already chipped it).
Chump

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« Reply #11 on: 10-27-2002 22:18 »

 
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Originally posted by bart182:
you could always get a dvdrom drive for like 20 bucks.


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.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #12 on: 10-28-2002 08:13 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
Hey, what make is your DVD player, i'll see if i can find a code (unless you've already chipped it).

Thanx  smile My player's kinda old, it came out in the year 2000, and they don't make it anymore. But it's a Sony DVP-S735D

aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #13 on: 10-28-2002 11:55 »

Ok, found the info. It's in a text document, i've e-mailed you!
M5438

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #14 on: 10-28-2002 12:14 »
« Last Edit on: 10-28-2002 12:14 »

 
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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.

Found it.
 
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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.
bankrupt

Urban Legend
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« Reply #15 on: 10-28-2002 12:47 »

So much crap to go through just to bypass region coding.  I hope some day they'll drop the coding scheme.
M5438

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #16 on: 10-28-2002 12:53 »

Why would they want to do that?  There are probably very good financial reasons why they did it in the first place.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #17 on: 10-28-2002 12:58 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
Ok, found the info. It's in a text document, i've e-mailed you!

Thanx, that's much appreciated smile

aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #18 on: 10-28-2002 15:03 »

 
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Originally posted by M5438:
Why would they want to do that?  There are probably very good financial reasons why they did it in the first place.

Are you all comfortable? Then i shall begin...
In the beginning, when DVDs were known to all but a mere few, there were no regions and all were happy!
But then, they decided that they wanted to release DVDs at different times and to charge more in some contries, less in others.
So then split the world into 8 (?) regions, each with it's own region lock and people can no-longer import cheap DVDs.
That concludes the tale of the DVD regions.

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