Playing the RPC Blues (was: “No Sex in the City”)

vbimport

#1

After more extensive testing with some of my other region 2 DVDs, I have discovered that nearly all of them are in fact not compatible with DVDFab in my current PC setup. (Also not compatible with VLC Media Player and AnyDVD.) What I had originally thought was a problem unique to “Sex and the City”, turned out to be the much larger issue of DVD region protection, sorry!

DISCLAIMER: With REGION 1 DVDs DVDFab works great!
I don’t have any experience using any of DVDFab’s mobile features, but as far as the standard features go, the program does everything it’s supposed to, KUDOS and commendations to Fengtao/DVDFab.

CD Freaks I’m looking to be pointed in the right direction . . .
I’m a region 1 dude that currently lives in region 2, and I want the “blue pill” that will make my computer as region-free as I am!

I would really like my notebook PC to have the “region-free” capability to read/view media and also to backup with DVDFab with a diverse selection of disks from both regions. Is that too much? I was under the impression that DVDFab along with VLC and AnyDVD would be viable software-based solutions, but I guess not. (With region protection, exactly who the heck is being protected from what again?)

Questions:

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[li]Is the crappy MaSHITa drive (no firmware updates available) indeed the only factor involved?
[/li][li]If yes, would simply buying a new outboard (or internal) optical drive solve the problem, or are there other interface obstacles to contend with? (Vista for example.)
[/li][li]If a new drive is the quick and easy solution, does anyone have a preferred list that’ll “do it all”?
[/li][/ul]

Thanks again, I’d appreciate any feedback, suggestions, useful links, etc., and sorry about barking up the wrong tree about DVDFab!

Playing the blues,

Hammond B3 Organdude


#2

It has nothing to do with any of the software. My drives are set for R1 and I can back up R2 movies all day with DVDFab. As DVDFab’s developer told you in the other thread, you need to replace the drive.


#3

and sorry about barking up the wrong tree about DVDFab!

hey thats okay. no hard feelings. :wink:

almost any other drive will work for region free. :slight_smile: dont worry about your system, just get a good drive. :cool: i recommend lite-on dvd burners. :smiley: many features and easy to use. :bow:

check out this thread for laptop dvd-burner.
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/replacement-dvd-burner-laptop-201627/

and check this forum for external drive related discussions.
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f143/


#4

Damn, I guess it’s time to shop for a drive.

Thanks [B]troy512[/B] and [B]signals[/B], I appreciate your reply and patience with a newbie! :smiley:

Organdude


#5

In addition to the suggestions you already have, the CDF drives forum has lots of info.