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Region free DVD player

Hello, cool website. Not bad! pity I have not found earlier.

Ok now, I have a HP laptop. I need to find the sofware/firmware to unlock the DVD player and make it region free. It is a LG hl-dt-st gsa-t20l ATA device.

Any help or reccomendations would be fab!

Well done,

Jay

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  • Jaymie Knight Mar 30, 2008

    Hi, thanks for your reply. I went to the link to locate fresh drivers for my laptop DVD and I am unable to locate. Will new drivers unlock the DVD player, I could be wrong but you are the expert. Can you please be specific as to the unlocking (region free) of my internal DVD player in my HP laptop.

  • Jaymie Knight Apr 09, 2008

    Hey thanks for your email. I updated all aspects of drivers/firmware etc.. through HP and also athttp://au.lge.com/support/manual.jsp I cannot find my internal LG DVD Rom drive...hmmm. Would it be another name? Am I looking in the right area (my comp) so...

    What is next please to unlock the driver and make it multi region?

    Cheers, Jaymie

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Download this and that should fix the problem.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/CD-DVD-Rip-Other-Tools/DVD-Region-Killer.shtml

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Http://www.videohelp.com/tools/DVD_Region_Killer

Try to download that software and see if it will fix your problem. hope i was able to help

Posted on Apr 09, 2008

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    Philip Tan Apr 09, 2008

    http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_utility.php

    another good site where you can find possible solutions.

  • Philip Tan
    Philip Tan Apr 09, 2008

    Ekse

    i didnt copy any of your links. please dont say that....

    also i posted earlier than you so how can you say that i copied it? it might just be coincidental as we are trying to solve the same problem.

    anyway jaymie, i maybe new here but my goal is to help. you can give the rating to Ekse if you wish.

    thanks again.


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First, here is how to change your dvd region

right click my computer and select manage
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After you have the computer management window open, follow the arrows.


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Then select the 2nd tab labeled DVD region

here you can change your region, read the text before doing anything on the page.


Heres about unlocking it
http://www.pcreview.co.uk/articles/Hardware/Make_your_DVD_drive_region_free/

Due to the possibility of messing up your dvd drive and makeing it useless you will have to continue on your own, just follow that page I just gave you.

If you need more assistance let me know, I'm here to help

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Hi firend

here is link for u u have to regsitor only u get any divce drivre form this site its regisitor is free
www.driverguide.com

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Ok..start with fresh drivers here through HP link

Posted on Mar 30, 2008

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 30, 2008

    well..you can't unlock them, unless you have current drivers...and you should see them listed among the drivers for your operating system. Only other way is to go to DVD maker's website.www.lg.com

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I have an LG DVD writer, Model GSA-H55N, that I want to make region free. I understand this can be done, but need some guidance please on the steps to achieve this. Thanks in anticipation for your help....


What are regional codes ?

Motion picture studios want to control the home release of movies in different countries because theater releases aren't simultaneous (a movie may come out on video in the U.S. when it's just hitting screens in Europe). Also, studios sell distribution rights to different foreign distributors and would like to guarantee an exclusive market. Therefore they required that the DVD standard include codes to prevent playback of certain discs in certain geographical regions. Each player is given a code for the region in which it's sold. The player will refuse to play discs that are not coded for its region. This means that a disc bought in one country may not play on a player bought in another country. Some people believe that region codes are an illegal restraint of trade, but no legal cases have established this.

The world is split up into 8 DVD regions:

Region 1: U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
Region 3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
Region 5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6: China
Region 7: Reserved
Region 8: Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)


Old DVD-ROM drives came with a firmware level RPC-1. Software protection was used to control which region is played.

New DVD-ROM drives come with a firmware level RPC-2 with hardware protection. RPC 2 drives have a 5 change limit on regions, once the counter gets to 0 your drive is permanently locked to the last region it was set to. Even if you reformat or move the drive to another system it will still be locked to the last region. There are ways to get around it, some models have resetting tools made by 3rd parties to reset the change limit back to 5 and some also have firmware patches to remove the region lock.



How to bypass DVD region code protection ?

As we've said, a lot of newer drives are RPC-2 drives these days. Some of these drives don't allow raw access to the drive until the drive firmware has done a regioncheck. But some RPC-2 drives DO allow raw access, so in some cases it is quite possible to use a special software to bypass the protection:

The first solution is free VideoLAN player: click here to download VideoLAN. It might take a long time to initialize DVD. So just pop the disc in your drive and try it out, while you get a coffee.

The second solution is free Remote Selector tool: click here to download Remote Selector. Launch remselec22.exe file. Click Control tab. Choose Enabled, and check all options Region Free, Disable Macrovision, Disable User Prohibition as shown below:

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Click Start Player button, and try to play your DVD.



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The region can only be changed five times, before its set permanently.

In WinDVD: if a DVD from a region different than the default one is tried to be played, the dialog box for changing the DVD region code should appear. If that dialog box do not appear, check the region code set in the software:
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