Liteon 166S help :-)

Hey all, i got my DVD-166S today and im very pleased with it, but i noticed that it only allows me to change the region 5 times :(. Is there a work around for this? Or is there a hack to make it region free? Also, how do you check the firmware of the DVD drive?
Cheers all in advanced :slight_smile:

Hi
Welcome and congrats with your new drive.
Yes you can make your drive AND system region free.
Please visit my site to see how it’s done and get what you need right there.

The utilities DriveRegionInfo and/or CdvdInfo are used to confirm your drive regional protection status, but will also report the firmware version.

Good luck and go for freedom!

Unfortunately, this applies with any DVD drive on the market. If you have a look around the web, you might get a firmware patch for it.

Another option that works pretty well is DVD Deregion software. This software runs the DVD playback software it makes it appear that there are still 5 region changes left to the software. I use DVD Genie as even though I’ve regioned patched my drive, there are the occasional picky DVDs (cats & dogs for example) that will complain.

DVD Genie: (freeware :))
http://www.inmatrix.com/files/dvdgenie_download.shtml

DVD Region-Free v1.16:
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/dvd_tools/dvd_region_free.cfm

Cheers mate :slight_smile: Im well chuft now :D…thanks again !

visible man could you back up the 166s firmware with mtkflash for me? I think it is mtkflash x r /m /b firmware.bin . PLEASE and send it to badreligionpr@myeastern.com

You what mate? HAHA :smiley: lol…im new to all of this firmware, downloading uploading bin files me-do-e. So um, where can i get this mtkflash thingy from? and yea i’ll do it for ya, as long as it don’t screw with my drive lol :slight_smile:

http://mand.tmfweb.nl/Download/binaries/Mtkflash.zip

need to use it in pure dos

ok, pure dos being under win95/98? can i run it under command prompt in 2k? Since it could be a prob otherwise :frowning:

Also, anyone know why CDvdinfo is still saying its locked? :S
The log file is:

DRIVE VENDOR : JLMS
DRIVE PROID : DVD-ROM LTD-166S
DRIVE REVISION : DS08
VENDOR SPECIFIC : |[’ Œ[’Œ[’
INTERFACE : ATAPI
RPC2 SCHEME : YES
SETTING STATUS : NOT PERMANENT
USER CHANGES : 4
MANUFACTOR RESET : 4
REGION CODE : 2
CDR READ SUPPORT : YES
CDRW READ SUPPORT : YES
CDRM2 READ SUPPORT : YES
CDR WRITE SUPPORT : NO
CDRW WRITE SUPPORT : NO
DVD-ROM READ SUPPORT : YES
DVD-R READ SUPPORT : YES
DVD-RAM READ SUPPORT : YES
DVD-R WRITE SUPPORT : NO
DVD-RAM WRITE SUPPORT : NO
MAX CDR READ SPEED : 48
KEY BINARY DATA :
$ý

Also, what is the current firmware version? someone told me its CH0Q (i think thats the one)? And that i can download of liteonit.com website yea?

sorry for all of the questions lol…oh one last one, what software DVD players do you lot use? ive found powerDVD to be good, but the sounds quiet and the picture is slightly grainy - then again its not my £1600 Arcam (FMJ DV2), so im not expecting good image quality, but PDVD is pretty poor for what i have seen on pcs.
cheer again all :slight_smile:

One of the above posts by Mango has links to his site. He has a dos boot floppy maker or something. Anyway, I use PowerDVD. I also have ATIDVD (from my videocard) and AsusDVD (from a previous DVD drive). PowerDVD is my favorite of the 3. Also it was free with my Lite-On drive.

Hi
Mango again (aka digi, digitri, dimitri)

Originally posted by BadReligionPR
One of the above posts by Mango has links to his site. He has a dos boot floppy maker or something.

Originally posted by BadReligionPR
http://mand.tmfweb.nl/Download/binaries/Mtkflash.zip

[b]The http://mand.tmfweb.nl site is my domain :slight_smile: and I’m taking it off the air soon, use the links in my sig please :wink:

To get the boot floppy, mtkflash and the binaries, you can go directly to my page:
http://happy.f2g.net/binaries.htm

Thanks[/b]

If you go to the The firmware page and look up the Lite-on LTD 166S, you can download the Windows RPC-1 utility which will allow you to turn off the region protection for the drive and make it region free.

From what I heard and experienced, DVDs will look more grainier on PC monitors than televisions. A PC monitor has a much sharper picture than a TV and thus the boundaries of pixels and artifacts produced by MPEG 2 show up clearly on PC monitors and particularily flat panel monitors. With TVs, the pixel boundaries blend together and thus the artifacts are harder to see and with this the picture looks more natural although not as sharp. :wink:

The best way to see the difference is to connect the TV-Out on the computer (if available) to a television and play a DVD. You should then be able to compare the difference between the TV picture and the Monitor picture.