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Why not skip the region issue altogether, and simply rip the movie to your hard drive? If you have been locked out of Region 1 (US and Canada) on your drive, then, this wont help. There is software that will crack this but you need to be careful; it can 'brick' or destroy your drive altogether, and maybe void any warranty, which may be in effect.
It sounds as if you have inadvertantly locked your dvd player. Try using the code 136900. If this passcode is accepted, then access the general setup menu (using your remote) and choose the Disc Unlock option.
I hope this helps. I completely relate to the frustration of this very problem.
Try power on the player with no disk in the drive. Press "PAUSE" on the remote. Enter "3 1 4 1 5 9" on the remote (the word COdE appears on the display).
Enter "0" on the remote (0 = All Regions, 1 = Region 1, 2 = Region 2,
etc.) . Press "PAUSE" on the remote. Power the player off and then back on
Most DVD players have region codes. If you play a DVD from your region 5 times, it will permantly set the code.
Blame the movie and record companies.
Even most computer DVD drives have region codes.
It's unlikely the sales person was educated enough in this topic to even know what a region code is.
Here's something else to consider. If the DVD you want to view is from
England, they use PAL not NTSC, so it's unlikely you could view it on
your TV anyway.
Get your son to copy the file from the DVD onto a USB FlashRAM drive,
then mail it to you. They don't have region codes. Now you can view it
on your computer, and make your own North American region DVD. Also,
you could always have him e-mail the video to you, then burn it
Try this. The mintek dvd 2580 password " screen " looks like it wants four numbers, it actually wants five numbers. And they are 88888 as set by the manufacturer. Unless someone has changed it from its original password. If you ever need the code for the remote it should be 0717 . I hope this helps.
Called Zenith. They said: turn on the DVD player. Hit "set-up".
Scroll down to the "lock" icon. Scroll over to "Rating". Scroll over to unlock. Enter 0000. Click on Ok. Enter 0000 again, click Ok again. Menu should read unlock. Voila!