Region Code Bypass

I have just got a new Laptop , Sony Viao, VGN-NS20E, running Vista Home Premium (32 bit). It came fitted with a Matshita DVD-Ram, UJ88AS. I bought this in the Uk, but live overseas and hence come across quite a few Region Codes on pre recorded DVDs.
I don’t copy many DVDs, but like to watch them on the laptop.

On my previous machine with XP and a Toshiba DVD I loaded DVD43 and got around most Region Code blocks. So I went ahead and loaded it on the new Sony.

When I do slip in a region incompatible DVD, DVD43 tries to handle it, but I get a message that the Region Code is Incompatible, and that the’Device refuses to read encryption data’ and the disc is ejected.

DVD43 Help does mention
DVDs which do not match the region of the drive. This method takes more time, up to 1 minute (decryption keys may need to be brute-forced), can fail (if the title set is too small) and is hardware dependent (some drives will refuse to read). If you have a choice, always insert a video DVD into a device with a compatible region.

This appears to be mainly a hardware issue, my drive refusing to read keys, and even if I bought some other software (AnyDVD etc) I am concerned I will still have the same block.

Any ideas other than buy another external (USB) DVD player?

Thanks in advance.

Hi and Welcome!

unfortunately, Matshita/Panasonic drives are known fro a very rigid region protection mechanism, which is near to impossible to override.

Michael

Buy an external, eg LG or Liteon.

Thanks for responses and the welcome.
You guys may have saved me considerable effort, searching fruitlessly for a solution.

I also had a Vaio…used AnyDvd and had no problems with region codes…
I think you can get a Trial Period with AnyDvd…check that out. If it solves the problem go ahead and buy it.

On the other hand, the suggestion to buy an external drive makes sense…it´s about the same price and you can easily get something of better quality than your lappy has.

I think someone has already stated that AnyDVD doesn’t support the Matshita DVD-Ram drives.
http://forum.slysoft.com/showthread.php?t=30559

[QUOTE=FJacko;2281666]I think someone has already stated that AnyDVD doesn’t support the Matshita DVD-Ram drives.
http://forum.slysoft.com/showthread.php?t=30559[/QUOTE]
Yes Matshita drives are region locked and it is hard to by pass that. The suggestion to buy an external dvd drive is good advice and then DVD43 will work for just watching on computer. But if you want to copy Anydvd will be the better choice to have

[QUOTE=FJacko;2281666]I think someone has already stated that AnyDVD doesn’t support the Matshita DVD-Ram drives.
http://forum.slysoft.com/showthread.php?t=30559[/QUOTE]

Perhaps…but it happens that my Vaio had a Matshitty drive, and with AnyDvd I was able to play and copy DVDs from any region

I agree I would at least try AnyDVD since it has a free trial.
I don’t know if this will work but give this a try.
Open the disc with DVDShrink then preview it with full screen selected.

I humoured the suggestions and loaded AnyDVD.
It couldn’t handle the Other Region DVDs…
It reported [B][I]
Your drive is a region locked RPC2 drive, which does not allow reading of scrambled sectors from a different region and you try to read a DVD from a different region.
Known drives having this problem are Ricoh/Philips DVD Writers and Matshita/Panasonic DVD readers and writers.
You can try to find a RPC1 patched firmware at http://www.rpc1.com.[/I][/B]
Strange to go to such effort on a device that is designed to be portable and go to different RPC zones!

That´s interesting…but in your case a clear answer…sadly.

As for Region Codes…we all know that it´s just a pointless, money-grabbing scheme cooked up by the movie industry anyway. :Z

Thinking caps back on here…

Did you start AnyDVD before inserting the DVD ?
If not try that.
If that doesn’t work try this;
Right click on the AnyDVD icon in the system tray & select Rip Video DVD to Hard disk.
I’m not sure that will work but worth a try.
If it does the rip at least you could watch the movie from your computer.Also you could probably burn a region free copy from the rip.

Of course I don’t know if a different region disk could have already altered your registry.
Something similar happened to me recently with a CD .It wasn’t a different region but I was making a BU copy & didn’t have AnyDVD started.All of the sudden my right click didn’t work on any .exe file.
I found a “context menu handler” had been added.It took me about two days to find the cause & fix.

My trial version of ANYDVD gives me warnings about ‘Losing Settings when program exits’ It also gives me a ‘Drive Not Ready’ … so can’t rip the DVD.

Options seem to be…
Reprogram DVD drive to be RPC1 or
Buy an external Drive that is less obtuse, and software to bypass RPC.

[QUOTE=deanimator;2281826]Perhaps…but it happens that my Vaio had a Matshitty drive, and with AnyDvd I was able to play and copy DVDs from any region[/QUOTE]

Dean,
you probably have/had a UJDA combo drive, they partly can be dealt with by AnyDVD, all others not.
Also, some of them could be cheated by DVD43 & regionkiller…