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# 20827 7-Apr-2008 11:48
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Just discovered on my laptop (Compaq Presario V6302AU) that the DVD drive is one of those ones that allow you to change the DVD region only so many times.  I don't want to go locking the DVD region code to one zone so whats the best way to stop this from happening.  It hasn't been locked yet and still will allow I think 2 changes before it does lock itself. 

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  # 121734 7-Apr-2008 11:56
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Personally I only ever play zone4 (NZ) dvd's so if you do lock it do it on zone4. If you've locked it you can get around it by running a dvd decrypter. Not sure it's legal but if you own the dvd I can't see why you can't decrypt it to keep a backup.

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  # 121738 7-Apr-2008 12:27
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you can also use something like AnyDVD to stop it taking out your region changes.


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  # 121741 7-Apr-2008 12:31
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I let mine lock to Zone4 if it gets that far, because I normally only play zone 4 or non-region-encoded discs.

If I needed to play a zone 1 (or other) disc, i would simply burn a copy without region lock.

Legally questionable, but you aint gonna get fried in NZ for it. They want pirates, not home format shifters and region unlockers.

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  # 121773 7-Apr-2008 14:08
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Yes well I have DVD zone 4, as well as zone 1 and zone 2, (all purchased in New Zealand I might add).  Some were off trademe though so maybe thats where i've gone wrong. 

How do you burn without region lock??

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  # 121780 7-Apr-2008 14:28
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You can always reset the counter using firmware.  Most drives can be "factory-reset" giving another 5 changes, from memory you can reset up to 5 times.

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  # 121802 7-Apr-2008 15:24
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Brayden: You can always reset the counter using firmware.  Most drives can be "factory-reset" giving another 5 changes, from memory you can reset up to 5 times.

Still doesn't solve his problem.

To burn without region lock? One method is to first decrypt the dvd to an image (can use DVDDecrypter) as this will strip region locks, then burn the ISO image back to DVD, any dvd burner should be able to burn ISO images.

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  # 121914 7-Apr-2008 21:43
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I use DVD43 to remove the region protection from all DVDs.
It runs in the background all the time, just put a disk in and wait for the smiley face to turn green.


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  # 126757 28-Apr-2008 12:25
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DVD43 looks good,. How much memory does it use up?

Wouldn't this be good if you could run it on your PS3. I use the PS3 as my main dvd player in the living room to save a bit of space but some DVDs are region 1 so i have to reburn them or watch them in another room.

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  # 126760 28-Apr-2008 12:39
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All of my Windows machines have a loving relationship with AnyDVD from  It's great at what it does - which is turn your machine into a region-free player...among other more dubious things, but I only leave it open in the system tray to bypass the region coding, I don't use the other features

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