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DVD-ROM UNLOCK GUIDE
How to Use Region Free PC
Unlock Software -
On a DVD-ROM / Laptop Drive
Many of you have asked us - how do I unlock my dvd player and make
it region free? Well, this is a simple step-by-step guide to: (1) checking
your computer or laptop's DVD drive's coding, (2) finding, (3) downloading and (4) using a DVD
code-switching utility. We have a fantastic one for you to download if you
choose to become a member.
In the US and Canada, computers with DVD-ROM drives capable of
playing DVD movies are factory set to Region Code 1. (Prior to Jan. 2000 many
DVD drives were code-free). In the following guide, we'll assume you want to
change a DVD drive from Region Code 1 (US/Canada) to (European) Region Code 2.
But the instructions will effectively apply to the switching of any DVD region
Before trying to change your DVD drive's code setting, make
sure you have a Region 2 DVD (or whichever code you want) at hand,
because most code changers ask you to insert the coded DVD disk into your
drive in order to make the change.
Step 1: Checking for Drive
A. Before going through this procedure, it's be wise to determine if you
actually need to do so! The easiest way to determine if your drive is
DVD region free already, or is set to a specific regional code is to simply
insert a foreign DVD into your computer's DVD drive. If you get the message, "Can't
play disk because of area setting," or something to that effect, then you need
to continue to the next step.
B. You also need to know your DVD drive's make, model and
firmware version. You can
easily get that information by clicking on "Properties" in your computer's
hardware profile. After doing that, I knew that my Sony VAIO laptop had a
Toshiba SD-C2402 drive with 1515 firmware. Since there are many other makes,
models and firmware versions, this is vital information.
Step 2: Find and Download the
A. Once you have completed step one, use a DVD code-change utility that will
work with your particular DVD-ROM drive. We'll give you an excellent DVD
utility for download once you access the database in full.
B. After the download is complete, you then need to decompress
(unzip) the file and install it onto your computer. I discovered I
didn't have an unzip utility on my laptop, so I went to the old reliable ZDNet
site and did a search for 'unzip' utilities. From the many results I chose the
free CamZip program, downloaded it and installed it – all within less than 15
Step 3: Use the Code-Change
Once the code-change utility has been installed on your computer, it
is very simple to use it. I clicked on the icon that the self-installer had
created on my desktop and got the message, "Please insert a DVD disk in the
drive." I inserted a Region 2 DVD and clicked on "retry." The program
automatically told me it was a Region 2 DVD and asked me if I wanted to change
the DVD drive code – with the warning that this would subtract one change from
the possible five. I clicked the button for Code 2 and "OK" and I was done.
Step 4: Play A Foreign DVD
After closing the code-changing utility program, I could
play the foreign DVD that was already in the drive. I could also select various
language combinations for audio and subtitles. I had a great sense of
accomplishment! I had actually managed to change my computer's DVD code to
play Region 2 (foreign) DVDs!
DVD ROM REGION FREE - CHECKER
If you're not region free, your primary issue is the DVD ROM
not reading a disc. Before this can be solved we'll need to know the exact
make and model of your device. To do this, download the simple software
below and run it. You'll be greeted with a little pop-up giving you all the
Click the above image to download the checker program. It's
only about 6kb; a very small piece of zipped software. It's always useful to
learn the specific drive details on your PC or laptop, so give it a try.
If you are interested in using DVD unlock software and are looking for a suitable package to do it -
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