Savannah, I think you worry too much m8 :bigsmile:
Your drive IS region free and you are able to play stuff from different zones as many times you want, that's the purpose of having the system region free, isn't it?
If you won't sleep till you see your counter reporting 5 times left, flash your drive with an original (non region free) firmware. It works - but does it really matter ???
And btw, I understand that WinXP SP1 and Win2K SP3 won't give you that rubbish anymore, instead they won't give any region information at all for a region free drive.