Phillips SDVD8431 3 Limited Region changes? how do i make multi region?

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#1

Hi all

This is my first post. I’m from the UK and I must say firstly i am not that technically minded, but i can battle through any advice given. I have just bought myself a Fujitsu Amilo laptop, that came complete with a Phillips SDVD 8431 dvd player / writer. Im pretty dissapointed with the whole set up in all honesty, its taken me ages just to get things to work, not just with the burner. I installed the firmware thing and it finally burnt a cd ok for the first time today.

I bought the machine to watch dvds on while i am away from home, i have a huge collection from all round the world, although watching a region 1 for the first time last night i had to physically change the region code. To my dismay the Phillips player has a caution message telling me i can only change the region code 3 times then it is stuck in whatever i had it on last?

This seems unbelievable to me - why only 3 times?, it didnt say this was an issue when i bought the laptop…

Anyways, im wondering if you good people could tell me if there is a way to make this a perminant multi region device?

Any help would be appreciated, before i throw this laptop in the bin

Thanks

Dee


#2

This seems unbelievable to me - why only 3 times?, it didnt say this was an issue when i bought the laptop…

Not unbelievable at all since ALL pc drives have a limit of 5 region code changes. It didn’t say it was an issue because it’s not an issue per se, it’s the standard.

you can check to see if a rpc-1 firmware is available for your drive. this will make the drive recognize all regions. please note that flashing with unofficial firmware (ie f/w not from the manufacturer) will void your warranty.

if this firmware is not available or you do not want to void your warranty, try out a program like anydvd. there is a 21 day fully functional free trial available from www.slysoft.com. this program will make the disc appear region free to your computer (which is only one of its valuable uses)


#3

IIRC there are only 4 region changes possible (one [default] region is set at installation).

There is no region free firmware available for this drive yet. :sad:
Request has been done at rpc1.org .


#4

nice 1 lads, trying anydvd seems ok, didnt realise this was an industry standard issue, its crazy if you ask me. i mean you get 3 or 5 changes - why give you the option at all? i understand the powers that be are trying to control video piracy but what if i travel to 3 different global regions every year and only buy dvds in that country to watch whilst there - on my third trip to that country i legally wont be able to watch a dvd i have bought. its lunacy, anyway cheers lads.


#5

Because of the global nature of PC production and so there is no gaurantee that a PC made in one region will not be sold in another.

Pinto I have 5 as there isn’t one set at the time.OEM drives also have 5.


#6

Region change rules are [I]universal[/I].
In other words, the same goes for all DVD players/ DVD-ROM’s /DVDRW, as soon as you start to play encoded DVD. (Note, since 1999 all drives/player are set to rpc2 per default.)

If your DVDRW is retail/OEM/rebadged or whatever has nothing to do with it.


#7

pinto: my 1655 has 5 changes remaining.

the first time you put in a dvd it will ask to be changed to that region, but i think if you’ve never inserted a dvd without anydvd running (as this drive is new, anydvd has been on every time i’ve put a disc in) then it just plays it without asking for the region code.

all drives are shipped with no region code selected and 5 changes available. once you select that first region code then you’re down to 4.

although after a bit of thinking, it’s possible that factory built systems have the drive region chances set upon delivery, but i wouldn’t know beacuse nothing in my computer is the same as it was in the factory. it’s like that philosphy problem…at what point does the boat become a different boat if you keep replacing the wooden planks…



#8

and lasses :slight_smile:


#9

pinto: my 1655 has 5 changes remaining.
:stuck_out_tongue: Ofcourse, default (your) region is not set yet… :smiley:
Try to run AnyDVD on a DVD player.

all drives are shipped with no region code selected and 5 changes available. once you select that first region code then you’re down to 4.
Region code is not “selected” in drive. :bigsmile:
And you are wrong at one important point because “since 1999 all drives/player are set to rpc2 per default”.

Edited to clarify, I hope.


#10

haha semantics…you get what i meant as far as “drives being shipped”

you obviously can’t select the region if the drive isn’t in a device. my info pertains only to computer drives and not players as i have very little knowledge on standalone players except that mine works and that’s all I care about :wink:

the fact that my default region code is not set is exactly my point…i have 5 changes remaining, hence i received my drive with 5 changes available.

also, can you explain “since 1999 all drives/player are set to rpc2 per default”?

doesn’t rpc2 just refer to the fact that the drive is not region free (rpc1)? I assumed that all rpc2 meant is that the drive can only read one region code at a time without changing the region of the drive itself. This doesn’t affect the number of changes that you receive…or maybe I missed the point?


#11

I suggest you to use search/google next time :wink: (I’m at work now).

Regarding “rpc2 and 1999”, here is one link (out of many in google). :bigsmile:

BTW, you are not the “only one”… :smiley:



#12

BTW your not the “only 2” :stuck_out_tongue:

Howdee pinto2 from tornado land