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This question is one of my most frequent on FixYa.
There is no "region-free" or "region 0" setting for any DVD player/recorder. Only DVD media can be region free. Every single offer to set a player or recorder to region free that I am familiar with has been a scam. The reason for this is to prevent DVD piracy.
Most DVD players and recorders (SONY included) have provisions for making a maximum of THREE changes to their region code. A fourth attempt at changing the region code will result in the player/recorder being turned into a paperweight.
Bkhopkins- in your case, you will be able to change your region code from region 1 (USA) to region 4 (AUS). Doing so will leave your player with 2 more changes, maximum. Check your manual for the procedure and the exact number of changes you are allowed. Please be aware that after you change to Region 4, any Region 1 DVD's will not be viewable unless you switch back, which will use another of your three changes.
You have an alternative to salvage your DVD's by downloading a program called DVD Shrink. This program is capable of removing the region code from your DVDs and saving them as region-free at the sacrifice of some quality. You will at least the be able to view your US DVD's without sacrificing a region code change on your player.
Hi, Do the following step to make your DVD player region free..
1.Turn machine on without disc inside
2.Press menu button
3.Enter region code (See below for list)
4.A highlighted 'region area number' will appear in the upper left corner (some players)
5.Press 9 to change the region number to multi-regional
6.Turn DVD off
(remove power from mains)
next time when u power on the DVD ,it will be region free.
DVD-VR330: region free
1.Turn DVD player on without a disc inside
2.Hit 'MENU' on remote control
3.Enter code: 57538
4.The current region code will be displayed in the top-left corner
5.For region free press 9 (region 2 UK, region 1 US etc)
6.Power OFF and power ON
Remember your region code that displayed.Some disks sold in your area will only play if your unit is set to your region.In that case go thur process again and instead of 9 put your region number in.Need more help email@example.com.
power on the dvd
let it load and show no disc
open tray and enter '0' four times
region edit and region code appears with the default code
press 0 for region free and enter
region code should be 0
press pause on remote
power off and on again