> I was in touch with fengtao (DVD RegionFree) for months going through lots of betas trying to sort the Matshita Drive out, never could get it working, never did buy it as it was of no use to me, <
I don't want to critisize collegues, but DVD Region free and DVD Idle are "broken by design". They do application specific patches in user mode, and this can't work reliably without updating the product for various player software incarnations.
> so here's hoping the AnyDVD soft will do the job (not very optimistic though) <
Chances are very good!
> still I must have this for my own personal use ASAP even if it doesn't work for my Dad (will I have to register it twice if it does) <
It will work for your Dad.
> I would like to know if it can be used in conjunction with PowerDVD etc. to allow Playback? (c'mon beta testers) <
Sure, otherwise it would be pretty pointless!
> don't know about the whole new approach thing though, it just sounds similar to what DVD RegionFree does,
but I suppose it hasen't been used on Ripping Soft before <
It works technically similar to DVDRegionKiller (a kernel mode filter driver for 2k/XP), but will filter CSS, and it will work with RPC2 drives (greetings to your Dad). Filtering is done in a "Microsoft approved" way, transparent to the OS and all applications. So it will work with any DVD, any application, any player software.