Region-free DVD-ROM drives

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#1

Hello!
I have heard a lot about this region-free dvd-roms.
I recently bought a Liteon LTD163D. I noticed the region questions. I found out it was not region-free at all. I wanted to return it. But looking around the internet, I found out since my drive was made may 2002, it was "forced" to have region checking. (2000 DVD consortium blah!)

Is there a DVD-ROM drive maker that produces drives today that is region-free?

Thanks in advance.


#2

Well, there are no current region free DVD-ROM’s made, since the CCA (think that’s the right one) wouldn’t allow it. Of course, there are many region free firmware hacks. You should try one of them.


#3

Thanks for the info.
So do you think I got a good buy with my Liteon 163D?
I can still return it to the store if someone can suggest a better one.

I found out that I only need to apply a utility on this drive and not a firmware. Which is better I think. So at least I won’t be tinkering with the firmware.

Thanks again.


#4

Fritz … the 163D is a very good drive, I have recently bought one myself (although I though I was buying a different model, but thats a different story and a different thread :wink: )

Anyway, the 163D can be made region free with the hack available from this site

Above link was courtesy of xmansean … Thanks again for that mate


#5

Thanks. I did the instructions and opinions given by you and folks here.

I am now a happy owner of a Liteon LTD163D region-free drive.

Thank you so much.

BTW, some people said this is not the only thing I have to do since my bundled PowerDVD also does region checking. How do I fix this?

Thanks again!!!


#6

BTW, some people said this is not the only thing I have to do since my bundled PowerDVD also does region checking. How do I fix this?

That ones easy … Get DVD Genie, an excellent little program, you can get it Here

Hope this helps :slight_smile:


#7

And if you have a Hollywood+ pci card in your system you also have to make that region free.

You DO know that making the stuff region free voids the warranty i hope ?


#8

Yes.
The good thing about this is my store supports me and gives me their “protection” with the warranty. :smiley:

They even told me I can flash the firmware myself and if things will not work properly I can just return the drive and they will give me a new one.

Good thing what I got was LTD163D which only needed a switch configuration. I didn’t have to flash the firmware.


#9

Gentlmenm:
Try ASUS or go to the www.cdrinfo.com for hardware, it will clear everything.