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Dvd region code.

Hi, im currently serving in Afghanistan and have been watching dvds here from England and America ( Regions 1 and 2 ). The problem i now have is My computer is locked in region 1 mode as i wasnt aware that i could only change the region a set number of time. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to unlock the driver so ii can continue to watch multi region dvds out here to keep me sane!!!

thanks in advance for any help you can offer me.
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Hi! use this software,it does a nifty job!http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm
or search "dvd region free" in google..u will get a list of software..the software in the link is good and i have used it without any problem..its for $40..
hope this helps!

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