Maineman, it sure is nice of you to wade into this and I am very happy to find a helpful forum, especially one that doesn’t shout down the newbies.
I think I resolved my issue, but I will have another question.
Here’s the scenario:
I am working with two films that came free in a newspaper to the people of the UK - I say again FREE. Many folks loaded up with them and sold them on ebay, which I bought two different films. I actually own the US versions but was interested in experimenting with zones due the family video that is going to be swapped around once the grandbaby arrives.
Film 1 and Film 2 both are R2’s. I have tried them on 3 home dvd players and two computer dvd players. Both WILL work on the PC in Power DVD, but I get the Region Counter saying I have so many times left. I will ask about this later.
Both Film1 and Film2 WILL work on the new Phillips 5990 with the zone hack in it. Neither film will work on the new Samsung home dvd player or an older Pioneer DVD/DVR player.
I took both films and ran them through DVDFab Platinum and made copies. That is where I think my original question was, as I had remembered having problems once before - meaning it wouldn’t read R2 - but I must have had that confused with PowerDVD. Copies of both films went flawlessly. Both copies worked on the new Samsung and the new Phillips, but for some strange reason, only one of the copies worked on the older Pioneer.
So, now I feel that there is NO problem with DVDFab, like I thought there was going to be, but the only problem I see now is playing these on the PC. Is there anyway to get around that locking of the PC dvd player - or is that something embedded in the firmware? I know now that I can always burn it first and watch that, but am wondering can I accidentally lock down a PC player if I am not careful.