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Regional setting dvd writer

This crapy drive will hit the wall soon i need to fix the regional setting limit for it help if possible

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What is the drive model?

there are a few ways of solving this issue.

1- flashing your firmware with region free software.
(recomend making a backup of your original first)

2- download DVDidle http://www.free-codecs.com/download/DVDIdle.htm (unlocks all region codesalso gets around copyright protection.

3- download anydvd http://www.brothersoft.com/anydvd-28906.html

i hope this solves your problem.
plz rate my help
thanks nick

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