//some text removed: relating to hijacked thread.// imkidd57
I have two DVD drives. One an old AOpen read only drive and a new LG USB DVD-RW. Neither have ever had any firmware changes, region alterations, etc. Both bought in the UK.
All of my DVDs (shop-bought in Europe), will play in the old AOpen drive. Certain ones, such as anything by Optimum Releasing which I’ve stopped buying, wont play and are in fact entirely undetected (drive spins, then powers down).
I had thought that the difference between the two was one of age, some new copy-protection implemented, perhaps. Didn’t occur to me it might be because of one being a writer and the other not?
It’s not convenient to check the older DVD drive at the moment, but the region setting on the newer drive is currently unset with five changes left. I’ve read that I need to set it to a particular region for some DVDs to work, and I’ve read that the software I use to play it (on Linux) can work around region encoding, so I should be okay to do this without losing playback of the few foreign DVDs I have. But I don’t want to do anything irrevocable without reason.
Should I set the region on my currently blank DVD? Might this enable me to play the discs that don’t currently work?
My first post here. Many thanks for any help,