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rdmvd Level 1 Level 1

Hi there, I recently bought a region 2 dvd however my mac os 10.4.5 is set at region 4.

All my counts are gone for changing the region code.

I've been everywhere trying to find some way to unlock the count for the region codes but I'm having no luck, Region x won't work.

A lot of software is uncompatable with my version of mac.

Vlc won't play the film. it just quits it.

I've even tried ripping the disc but handbrake and mac the ripper don't work. It says the disc has bad sectors.


I'm wondering if it's possible to reinstall the dvd app and start the count from the beggining. I've tried it with pacifist but it doesn't seem to have worked...


Any suggestions?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Once you have changed the region five times it is set in stone and cannot be changed.


    DVD Player: About DVD-Video Regions





    It may be possible to make your Matshita Superdrive region-free by the methods describe here:



    but please note: you USE THE SOFTWARE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!. The operation isn't officially allowed or sanctioned, which you're supposed to know when you do it.

  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9

    I think region code changing takes place in the firmware for the optical drive.  I believe you get 5 goes and that's it.  Re-installing DVD Player, or even your whole OS, won't help.


    I'm surprised VLC doesn't work, but maybe it's because you aren't running 10.4.11?


    I don't know if getting an external optical drive and setting it to region 2 and leaving it there would get around the issue.


    I don't know about making an Apple drive region free.  You could open your Mac and see if it looks like some know manfacturer, e.g. Panasonic, and then hunt on the web for making something region-free.  A bit chancy IMHO.

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9

    According to Tiger The Missing Manual:


    You can change the computers region "only 5 times".  Then it's locked in the 5th version/region until you erase your HD & start all over. When you insert a region-locked DVD from another region, you will be offered the chance to change regions.
















  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    But would that delete the Superdrive firmware?

  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 Level 9

    @ Klaus




    I re-read the Missing Manual & David Pogue makes no mention of the superdrive's firmware, one way or another.  However, if one wipes out their HD & reinstalls all the software, would you still get firmware updates through Software Update?  If so, I would assume firmware is wiped out also.
















  • pavleap Level 1 Level 1

    my gosh why does apple have to implement this crap. i mean i love apple and all but this is really UNEEDED.

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    did you try it out Klaus?

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    Apple keep deleting my posts. cant see what i am doing wrong?

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    jakeboy wrote:


    Apple keep deleting my posts. cant see what i am doing wrong?



    Your socalled 'solution' not only stops DVD Player from working, and is not therefore a solution at all, the subject of breaching copyright laws is against the terms of use of these forums, and attempts by a user to change or modify the firmware of their Mac with anything not provided by Apple will void the warranty.


    So, your advice is therefore not only useless, it can damage a user's Mac and should not be attempted.


    How about finding a new project to concentrate on - like do-it-yourself brain surgery?

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    Klaus !

    1: i dont modify any firmware !

    2: it can NOT dammage the Mac

    3: The solution is to help people watching different region codeson their mac, using VLC or other app.

    4: the way i described it in my solution is totally legit.

    5: i actually know quite a bit about macs.

    6: i was just trying to help people stuck with their region lock.

    7: you say i braech copyright laws ?

    8:: how do my solution damage the mac?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7

    The points are:


    These are Apple forums.

    They are owned by Apple.

    They make the rules.

    When signing up, you agree to their rules.

    If they remove your posts, you are obviously violating one or more of their rules.

    Instead of ranting (which is also violating the ToU), simply move on to something else.


    Here is a link to the ToU:


  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    i agree babowa. i simply said that by removing the content of the dvd player, the mac wouldn't regonise the region code. as far as i can see there is tons of info of how to flash the firmware of the drive etc wich IS a violation, so i dont understand.

  • jakeboy Level 1 Level 1

    PS: like Klaus1 recommends further up the thread.....

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