Of course, if Apple would use the cheap drives found in Windows machines, you could change the drive's firmware to ignore the region coding, but Apple are trying to keep things legal.
not sure if this will work...
since it's a bit difficult to code something to bypass the region checking in Mac, why not bootcamp into Windows and run AnyDVD? wouldn't this be easier to watch DVDs (but will it work?)
Mythbusters - the bigger the explosion, the better it is.
Anyone knows how to fix up a 5.1 sound system for iMac? I realise they don't have a sound card and creative doesn't have a driver for mac OS so wonder anyone here encounter such issue and resolved it.
I lost my iphone
now totally can't cope with the normal type of phones.
conclusion: iphone is the best
the mac dvd player app is software region-protected so you need Region X to reset the count, which will only work if you dvd drive is already set to region-free. most if not all dvd drives (not players) sold are not region-free. you will need to patch the firmware to make it region-free. this is of cos not without risks.
see the following links if you dare to patch:
my suggestion is to leave the superdrive alone and get an external dvd drive and patch that drive to region-free.
alternatively, use VLC to view the dvd or Handbrake (which needs VLC installed) to rip the dvd to other formats.
those who have problems with VLC, can you list the VLC version and dvd titles that grind?
Note: i have problems with VLC 1.03 but not 0.9.10.
Last edited by madmacs; 6th January 2010 at 08:53 PM.
Unfortunately, Handbrake now requires VLC to decode the video, so it may be unable to do anything differently.
I did rip almost all my DVDs using Mac The Ripper except for a few of them where it says some error like cannot read VOB n stuffs. Just wondering ... is it the same if I copy the two folders in the DVD into my HDD? Not trying to make copies but thinking of copying/ripping all my DVDs into a HDD and then get something like a WD TV HD to play them on my TV (instead of having to shove in DVDs all the time)
about copying the 2 folders, i think it won't work.
Last edited by madmacs; 7th January 2010 at 07:12 PM.
As for the 2 folders, I did try with a couple of DVDs. The I used the DVD Player to open that folder ... it seems to play. That's of course not talking about different region ones.
I'm struggling to see if I can flash the firmware for the drive to a region free one. Lots of info online but the darn 'flasher' software to extract the firmware doesn't seem to work. Duh.