Pioneer DVR-520H-S Regionfree/firmware version



I just bought a Pioneer DVR-520H-S, but it locked to region 2.

1: Is´t possible to do it regionfree?
2: How to check current firmware version?


Anders - Sweden -


I have the same machine, but in the US (Region 1). I am not really concerned about the region, as I am getting a firmware upgrade. Many 8X blanks are only Burned at 4X on this set top recorder. Is there a way to remove the drive in it and upgrade the firmware? (this would allow any hacks, etc, as well).