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DMR-E50 Region Codes

I purchased my DMR-E50P DVD recorder in the US and am moving back to South Africa. I have an NTSC to PAL converter but now I need to unlock my recorder to be able to play Zone 2 DVDs. Any suggestions how to unlock this machine?

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  • Stewbob Jan 11, 2008

    Thanks for the post. I had looked into the chipped remote option but as you say, they only seem to have a limited lifetime of 10 uses and what concerns me is that if the recorder "resets" itself everytime it is unplugged, those 10 uses could go quickly.

    I had found a site on Panasonic Region Codes http://www.dcevolution.net/panasonic/ind... where the authors claim to have found the universal Panasonic region code and have applied it to a variety of machines using a variety of infrad-red devices.

    I tried this method first using a Palm Handheld (TX) which yielded no results and then using a laptop infrared which appears to have worked (the machine rebooted according to the site authors' observations), although I have not yet tested the machine with a Zone 2 DVD. Will post when I have tried.

    Have also found the "hidden" service menu for the DMR-E50. Turn on the machine.
    Press and hold for 5 seconds the OPEN/TimeSlip/Left Skip.
    The machine enters SERVICE MODE.
    On the remote controll, you can navigate the menu by pressing 01 or 02 or 03 etc.
    Cancel returns to SERVICE MODE.
    Power returns recorder to normal use.
    Unfortunately I have no idea what each of the service modes are. Some I can guess at (e.g. one of the service menus says REGION, which I assume is the region of the machine because mine says REGION 1).

  • Stewbob Jan 11, 2008

    That site should read:
    http://www.dcevolution.net/panasonic

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    My DMR-50 recorder won't record or accept any DVDs

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Have been looking for hacks myself but as yet can't find one...

I have seen remote controls for sale on Ebay for this (Converts to multi region at the press of a button) seem to sell at reasonable prices.

Has limited life say around 10 uses.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

  • Gareth Walker Jan 11, 2008

    Here is one solution I have found:

    http://www.dvdchips.co.uk/

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