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Dvd player wont play a zone1 dvd and i can not change the region anymore?

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Check up the software setting wizard.

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Hi my dell inspiron 530 computer recently can't play disc ,so like most people i checked for solutions for this problem ,non of them worked which got me furious until i found out that my Region fo


To change the Region code on your DVD player, open Control Panel - System - Hardware - Device manager, and click on DVD/CD ROM drives, then right click on the DVD drive and click Properties then click on DVD Region.
You can enter a new region and it also shows you how many changes have been made.
NOTE you can make only 4 changes and the player will lock permanently on the 4th change.
If you want to play DVDs from any region you maybe able to upgrade the firmware to make it region free BUT if you make a mistake or installed the wrong firmware the player will be a piece of junk.
The best solution to make the player region free is to install a piece of software (Passkey for DVD) that allows you to play DVDs from any region and Passkey for Blu-ray that allows you to play Blu-rays from any region. There are several available on the Internet but my favourite is DVD-Region Free From: -
www.dvdfab.com/products,free.htm

Jan 07, 2013 | Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop Computer

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DVD Regions Information The DVD region code identifies a DVD's compatibility...


DVD Regions Information

The DVD region code identifies a DVD's compatibility with the players typically sold in a particular region.


Region 0 (or "region free") is compatible with DVD players from any region.

The majority of all current titles play only in one specific region unless otherwise noted. DVDs sold by Amazon.co.uk are encoded for Region 2 or Region 0. Region 2 DVDs may not work on DVD players in other countries.

Region 1 DVDs sold by Marketplace sellers

Region 1 discs are intended for use with standard DVD players in North America (Canada and the USA). In most instances they can also be played on compatible "multi-region" DVD players (also known as "chipped" or "region-free" players).

They also require an NTSC-compatible television. NTSC is the standard picture format in North America, and differs from the PAL format adopted in Britain and Europe. Region 1 DVDs are usually presented in NTSC format, so you should ensure that your TV is capable of reading the NTSC signal before purchasing Region 1 DVDs.

Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE)

Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE) has been added by some film studios (specifically Warner and Columbia) to selected Region 1 DVDs, with the intention of preventing these discs from playing on some multi-region DVD players. We are therefore unable to guarantee that all Region 1 discs will be compatible with all multi-region players.

Global DVD region countries

This is not a definitive list and is intended only as a guide.

Region 1 - US, US Territories and Canada

American Samoa, Canada, Guam, Palau, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Puerto Rico, Micronesia, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands


Region 2 - UK, Europe, Japan, South Africa and Middle East

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City, Yemen, Yugoslavia


Region 3 - Southeast and East Asia

Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Phillipines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam


Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America

Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, Tobago, Uruguay


Region 5 - Former Soviet Union, Indian sub-continent, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Region 6 - China

China


Region 7 - Reserved for future use

Region 8 - International Territories (ships, planes, etc)

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Are Acer z5600 dvd players multi-regional?


Open the properties of the DVD/CD rom, Hardware Tab, select DVD/CD rom device, Properties, DVD Region, select Region. READ CAUTION CAREFULLY.

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My dvd won't play on my computer


The DVD region code does not match the Region code for the DVD Player and the Country set in the time and date settings.

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I have a acer aspire 5741 laptop and i have run out of changes for playing all different region dvd's how can i unlock this so i can play all regions all the time?


One you have run out of changes then you may be able to upgrade the firmware to make the player Region Free, but if you make a mistake the phe player is a piece of junk.
The best solution is use a region free software, please click on this link for region free programs :-
Normal 0 http://www.fixya.com/support/r3559135-playing_dvds_from_other_regions.

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How to change dvd region code


highlite 2, delete, put a 4 there, hit enter

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Blu Ray Region settins


about changing ur region, theycan be changed from control panel.
go to control panel
go to regional & launguages settings
and change it to United States (US)

now reinstall ur HP's DVD program, and try it then.
i guess this will work..

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Trying to alter my dvd/cd-rom region code to region 2.using device manager but dvd region tab not there? help!


As you may be aware, the Music & Film Industry thinks we are all criminals and pirates .. whilst they, themselves, believe it is quite allright to sell their products at different (i.e. rip-off) prices in different markets ..

This means they have encrypted their products (DVD movies) using licensed DRM technology and use something called 'Region Encoding' to prevent criminals (when it comes to DRM, all customers are assumed to be criminals) from buying their product eg in USA for half the price they sell it for in the UK ..

Any DVD Drive manufacturer that wants to incorporate the ability to play video DVD's must agree to implement Region Encoding in bother their hardware and their drivers ...

HOWEVER it is plainly too much to expect Manufacturers to make different drives for different markets .. SO when you install a new DVD drive, you have a maximum of 3 chances to select the Region .. after this, Windows, the DVD Driver and the DVD Drive itself refuses to allow you to change it anymore ..


Various 'engineers tools' exist that can remove the '3 strikes and you are locked out' limit - or even to switch the drive into 'Region Free' mode .. but only for some Manufacturers drives .. and there are some 'open source' tools that allow you to play DVD's in a non-Regfion specific drive .... (hint - use google)

If you have VISTA, however, all bets are off (since MS agreed to enforce the Music Industry DRM wether the user likes it or not).

Good luck !



Nov 29, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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