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Play DVDs from any region
Authored by: fredshome on Dec 07, '05 06:35:44AM

Definitely doesn't work on my iBook with a Matshita CD-RW CW-8124 normally set for region 2.

I just tried it with a region 1 disk and while VLC briefly sees the title of the disk, it just stops without displaying an error. Opening the log window shows it just can't access the files on the disk so it finaly fails (cleanly) on a "nothing to play" message.

FWIW while I was at it I also tried a DVD ripping app called "HandBrake" (who thinks up names like these?) and it failed with "no valid titles found".

I don't think anything can be done without changing the firmware on that drive. Unfortunately last time I looked around it didn't seem to be possible for this specific model.

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Play DVDs from any region
Authored by: las_vegas on Dec 09, '05 11:02:41AM

The Matshita CW-8124 also won't override region encoding on a PC for the same reason. There are two simple solutions, but neither is free. You can add an external DVD drive that can be flashed or over-ridden (Any Pioneer brand will do), or replace the Matshita drive with a notebook version of the Pioneer (DVR-K05).

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