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Dvd stuck on zone 1 when i am a zone 4

The laptop would only give me three goes to lock the dvd region code, problem was it would not except anything other than region/zone code 1. I can't use the dvd to watch any dvd's as I live in a zone/region 4, so all my dvd's are this zone. Yes I could buy region 1 dvd's but then I can only watch them on the laptop. I have been told you can flash the hard drive? but when researching this find out you can bugger your hard drive if you dont do it right or have the right flash?, Have looked at sites to do this but none seems to work, downloaded some dvd region free program, but that didnt work either, (Or I didnt fiqure it out right). Apart from spending a fortune on paying someone to fix this, are there any other ways?? The laptop dvd is three years old now, and have put up with it for this long, but thought their might be someone out there who knows what to do about this problem.Yes I could trade it and upgrade but money issues are the problem, yes i could sell it but who going to buy old laptop with faulty dvd player, and I kinda like my laptop.

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  • Ang Kruger Jul 22, 2007

    Thank you for your assistance, sorry it took me longer to reply, my friend needed to use my laptop, till hers was fixed, so only got it back today, tryed your fix, but it says "you can change your region a limited number of times, when reaches zero you cannot change region even if you reinstall or move your dvd to different computer".
    This is where the problem was, as it stuck on region 1 with 0 changes remaining....any other ideas :-)

  • Ang Kruger Jul 27, 2007

    Gidday,

    Ok can you tell me to hack and change it, or is that to complicated.., as I said the warrenty is out of date so any good ideas apart from buying a new drive etc, thank you for that though...And reset my specific, (sounds interesting....)cheers..

  • Ang Kruger Jul 29, 2007

    Hi there, where would one get a third party decoder or use an emulation, bearing in mind, I am trying to save money on fixing this problem..Why is there never a simple answer to a computer problem (or is that just wishful thinking). Maybe I need to attend IT classess haha. Thank you all for your help though it is much needed. cheers.

  • Ang Kruger Jul 29, 2007

    Hi there Thank you will look into Anydvd, ta,

  • Ang Kruger Aug 04, 2007

    Gidday there,

    Thank you for the info re the firmware, I think most info to do with computers is illegal, I wonder why that is, because then you want to do it for the challange, Will look on the internet for it, then hopefully I can figure out how to do it....(Will you get in trouble for the website address, as techn you can't make me look at it only directing me to it)who knows...anyway will go and look, cheers. Ang.

  • martiux Nov 03, 2007

    I bought Notebook Sony Vaio AR320e, but don´t read DVD of zone 4, how I can resolve my problem?



    Thank you very much

  • Gristy May 29, 2008

    i have an acer 4220 stuck on region 1 im region 2 it says i have one try left to change region but when i insert a region 2 disk to change region code it says insert correct media. i dont have access to a computer shop at the moment im in iraq and without dvds im bored as hell any help appreciated

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There is software out there that can allow you to not be restricted to region codes. I use AnyDVD. It seems to do the trick without have to mess with your 5 chances to change regions.

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Purchase a software i.e DVD Region Free. or you can download it online as trial version which is free. Im sure its gonna solve ur problem.

Posted on Jan 03, 2008

Get a DVD Region Free software. Give a search on google. You can use any dvd on this software.

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You can try to use an emulation/3rd party decoder that will make it region free. DVD43, Daemon Tools,...

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Krugs, If you are using Windows you can easily change it if you have administrator privileges on you laptop. In Windows XP SP 2 (may be the same for other versions but I can?t test to make sure): - Click on Start, Settings then Control Panel. - Find the System icon and open it by double left clicking. - Open the hardware tab and click on the Device Manager button. - In the device manager list that appears look for the item labeled ?DVD/CD-ROM drives. Expand the section by left clicking on the ?+? symbol just to the left of ?DVD/CD-ROM? icon. - You should see an object below that that has the name of your drives manufacturer. If you just have the one optical drive on your laptop it should be the only object there. Using the mouse right click on that object and select ?Properties? from the selection that appears. - In the Properties box that appears click on the DVD Region tab. - At the bottom of that section you will see a scroll box listing countries in alphabetical order. Find the country you live in (or want to pretend you?re in) and highlight it by left clicking on it once. - Click on the OK button. - Close all the windows and test. Good luck and don?t forget to let us know how it goes.

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  • tomj23 Jul 22, 2007

    Oh, you?ve already exceeded your 5 changes. That is the way it is without messing with the DVD drives firmware which will void your warranty. The motion picture industry (which includes the artists) don?t want you playing DVDs from other regions so they have forced the drive manufacturers to limit the drives in that way. You get five changes, then its locked in. There are hacks around that you can use to change or reset your specific but that?s another story.

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There is a firmware crack that can reset the changes for the region code changes. I will not tell you anymore about the crack other than 1 is availiable as my understanding is it is illegal in most countries. I will say though when or if you find it set the region code to zero as region code zero will play any other region.

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Purchase new drive for laptop, however these are 2/3 times price of pc one, or you could use an external drive(DVD) probably the same price and can be used in conjunction with all pc/laptops.

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