Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




10 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 25506 23-Aug-2008 16:51
Send private message

My brother arrived back from China this week with a set of Stargate DVDs for me. However they won't play on my DVD player nor my PC. Thinking it was a region issue I changed the region on both of my DVD drives on my PC(to region 6 for China) but nothing happens. The DVD burner doesn't do a thing but the CD burner(that can also play DVDs) at least spins the disc a few times with the led flashing.
AND before anyone says beware of cheap chinese dvds they play perfectly on my brothers Singapore purchased Acer laptop which plays Region 4 and 6 discs!!
Any ideas?

Create new topic
4171 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 58

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 159173 23-Aug-2008 17:22
Send private message

Are they actually region encoded?

What dvd player do you have for your TV? Have you tried making it multizone to see if it then plays?




10 posts

Wannabe Geek


Reply # 159197 23-Aug-2008 20:31
Send private message

rscole86: Are they actually region encoded?

What dvd player do you have for your TV? Have you tried making it multizone to see if it then plays?


Well I can't tell as it doesn't mention zones anywhere I am just assuming thats the case as it works in my brothers laptop.
My dvd player (Panasonic F65) can only be made multizone by getting a remote from the UK so as thats spending money I'm avoiding that! I've just put a NZ dvd movie in my dvd burner and it played straight away. Since the drives in my PC are 4 to 6 years old (and the dvd player is 5 years old) I'm wondering if a firmware update will help? Its weird that the drives see NO disc in the drive. It does sometimes do this with game discs so maybe a conflict with some copy protection??

Downloaded AnyDVD and generated the following:

"Media is a DVD.
Booktype: dvd-rom (version 1), Layers: 1
Total size: 2286112 sectors (4465 MBytes)

Video DVD (or CD) label: One_tree_hill_4
Media is not CSS protected.
Video Standard: NTSC
Media is region free.

RCE protection not found.
Structural copy protection not found.
Autorun not found on Video DVD.
Bad sector protection not found.
Emulating RPC-2 drive with region 1!"

Its interesting that its saying media is region free. Why AnyDVD is trying to emulate Region 1 is also curious. I might put a different disc from the set in and see what happens.

Success! As they played on my brothers laptop I copied the files off the disc on there and sent them over the network to my PC and burnt them to DVD. Now they play on my PC AND my DVD player. Yippee!

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.