Question about PC Desktops
As you may be aware, the Music & Film Industry thinks we are all criminals and pirates .. whilst they, themselves, believe it is quite allright to sell their products at different (i.e. rip-off) prices in different markets ..
This means they have encrypted their products (DVD movies) using licensed DRM technology and use something called 'Region Encoding' to prevent criminals (when it comes to DRM, all customers are assumed to be criminals) from buying their product eg in USA for half the price they sell it for in the UK ..
Any DVD Drive manufacturer that wants to incorporate the ability to play video DVD's must agree to implement Region Encoding in bother their hardware and their drivers ...
HOWEVER it is plainly too much to expect Manufacturers to make different drives for different markets .. SO when you install a new DVD drive, you have a maximum of 3 chances to select the Region .. after this, Windows, the DVD Driver and the DVD Drive itself refuses to allow you to change it anymore ..
Various 'engineers tools' exist that can remove the '3 strikes and you are locked out' limit - or even to switch the drive into 'Region Free' mode .. but only for some Manufacturers drives .. and there are some 'open source' tools that allow you to play DVD's in a non-Regfion specific drive .... (hint - use google)
If you have VISTA, however, all bets are off (since MS agreed to enforce the Music Industry DRM wether the user likes it or not).
Good luck !
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
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