External DVD-ROMs for laptop use via USB

vbimport

#1

I’ve got a Matshita DVD-RAM in my new ThinkPad T-60p, which I thought was the cat’s meow until I found that there does not seem to be any way to get around the 4-change of regions limit for viewing DVD movies. I’ve looked everywhere and have not found any good news. It seems this particular DVD-RAM has neither any firmware update nor is it possible to use software to make it “region-free”.

My only choice now is to buy another external DVD player and plug into my USB, and it seems logical that a simple DVD-ROM would be the choice, since all I need the device for is to watch DVD movies from different regions; I don’'t need to write anything.

Is there a list of DVD-ROMs that are easily and cheaply made into “region-free”??

I’m getting desperate. Thanks.

MT


#2

You cound buy any dvd as it decodes region as soon as you put the disc in.no need to alter the drive at all


#3

No way with Matshita drives.


#4

The older Liteon ROM drives had a neat little bug; each time I flashed the firmware it reset the number of times I could set the region. Possibly the current Liteons are the same?

Drive here

Firmware here

Case here

LtnRPC here


#5

No need, there is Ltnrpc for that.


#6

I figured there was a Liteon hack for that.


#7

Hi,

Get a Liteon (or Sony or Philips rebadge*) drive. With Kprobe or LtnRPC you can set the drive region free as you want, without using any hacked firmware.

Michael

*) see http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html#cat_dvdrom