Samsung and Region-counter (the hardware one)

Hi does anyone know if a samsung SH-S222L would be locked forever on the last region code when its hardware based region-counter reaches zero ?, or are samsung drives easy candidates to wipe the counter out by flashing a new firmware then ?

i.e. do I have to be careful when changing out region 1 and 2 discs in this drive ?

I know there are tools like AnyDVD to circumvent this but i was just curious as PowerDVD keeps wanting to set a new region code each time I change from a region 1 to a region 2 disc v.v.

Hi,[QUOTE=maicod;2446639]Hi does anyone know if a samsung SH-S222L would be locked forever on the last region code when its hardware based region-counter reaches zero ?, or are samsung drives easy candidates to wipe the counter out by flashing a new firmware then ? [/quote]There is no publicly known tool to reset the region counter, so the drive will be locked.

i.e. do I have to be careful when changing out region 1 and 2 discs in this drive ?
Yes, you have. Or apply a RPC1 patched firmware.

I know there are tools like AnyDVD to circumvent this but i was just curious as PowerDVD keeps wanting to set a new region code each time I change from a region 1 to a region 2 disc v.v.
Commercial DVD playback software always wants to set the region of the drive, and it has also an internal region counter.

Michael

[QUOTE=maicod;2446639]i.e. do I have to be careful when changing out region 1 and 2 discs in this drive ?[/QUOTE]
Yes as mciahel said you have to be very careful why not just use the patch utility and
make the drive a RPC1 or region free drive here is the link to it

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f105/patch-utility-samsung-mtk-based-dvd-writers-v3-4-9-new-242508/

Just go and DL the latest FW for your drive and you will need a RAR to open the FW up
to extract the FW itself and then run it through the patcher and apply what ever patches
you want to it save it and then flash your drive with it and bingo you have a region free drive.
Link to Samsung ODD FW SB01

http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/Firmware/FWDownload/FWDownload.asp?FunctionValue=view&no=590&SearchWord=&SearchMode=&PageNumber=3&product_code=&os_no=

make sure to click on the [U][I][B]ATTACHED FILE[/B][/I][/U]and save it and [B]do not [/B] click on the
[B]ONE CLICK FIRMWARE UPGRADE METHOD[/B] as that will not work with the patcher.

If you need an app to unpack a RAR file then here is 3 good ones to choose from
first one is shareware
WinRAR
http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm

The next 2 are freeware
UnRAR
http://www.rarlab.com/rar_add.htm

7-Zip
http://www.7-zip.org/

Hope this helps you out.