Long time reader, newly registered :).
To cut a long story short, a friend bought a new liteon dvd drive, and when flashing the firmware to make it regionfree, it flashed his liteon cdrw with the same firmware. Not a good start.
Anyhow, I revived his cdrw for him, and flashed his dvd drive on my machine. Now to make his dvd drive region free required the liteom utility to 'reset' the number of times you could change region of the drive, all seems well.....
Until I find that my Pioneer 106s (slot) and NEC2500a appear be be region locked. They both have regionfree firmware and never had an issue before sorting out this problem for a friend. In DVDInfo Pro, both drives come up as regionfree and say number of hardware changes and vendor changes as N/A. Its only when I run WinDVD or any other DVD playback software does it say I have no global regin setting changes left, and can no longer play a region 1 dvd.
Anybody any idea what has happened here? Is there some setting in windows that have changed? Or some registry hack required? The odd thing is, that the total number of 'lives' I had to change the region seemed a combined total between my two dvd drives, and not one for each, so im thinking this is a software related issue, opposed to hardware, but Im not sure.
If ayone can shed some light Id be very grateful.