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I want my Dell laptop to be able to play dvds from any region, its currently locked on the UK region.

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Hi, you will have to hack your firmaware of your dvd rom.There are software out there but may or may not work.
Have you tried - VLC Media Player on VideoLan.org.

Give that a try first before you contemplate on doing any firmware hacking.

I hope this helps.

Regards - Anthony

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