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This question is one of my most frequent on FixYa.
There is no "region-free" or "region 0" setting for any DVD player/recorder. Only DVD media can be region free. Every single offer to set a player or recorder to region free that I am familiar with has been a scam. The reason for this is to prevent DVD piracy.
Most DVD players and recorders (SONY included) have provisions for making a maximum of THREE changes to their region code. A fourth attempt at changing the region code will result in the player/recorder being turned into a paperweight.
Bkhopkins- in your case, you will be able to change your region code from region 1 (USA) to region 4 (AUS). Doing so will leave your player with 2 more changes, maximum. Check your manual for the procedure and the exact number of changes you are allowed. Please be aware that after you change to Region 4, any Region 1 DVD's will not be viewable unless you switch back, which will use another of your three changes.
You have an alternative to salvage your DVD's by downloading a program called DVD Shrink. This program is capable of removing the region code from your DVDs and saving them as region-free at the sacrifice of some quality. You will at least the be able to view your US DVD's without sacrificing a region code change on your player.
1.Switch on unit 2.Press- Setup on the remote 3.Select the Lock option from the on screen setup menu 4.Press Lock on the remote unit ( under slide cover) 5.Press 0 7 times on the remote keypad 6.A message appears stating the unit is now Code free on the screen 7.Press Enter on the remote. 8.Close Setup menu and switch unit off. 9.Switch on and enjoy Multi-region DVD playing
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