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    Is there a way I can change my laptop to play dvds of all regions? I imagine a software download of some sort.
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    Not sure about making it totally region free but most DVD players will allow you to change the region. The only problem is there's a limit of how many times you can do that, which I think is 5 per DVD player.
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    My DVD drive on my PC is multi-region, and runs on PowerDVD, which is a very good program, IMO.

    I can't say for sure that installing PowerDVD will help, but it might. You may have to replace the drive, though.
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    If you are comfortable with reflashing the firmware of your laptop DVD-Drive, then you can find the correct firmwares on this forum: http://forum.rpc1.org
    Warning: A wrong firmware / bad flashing or mistake will break your drive.

    To find which one to use, you need the exact model of your drive (Example: MATSH_ITA DVD-RAM UJ-822S on my T43 IBM Thinkpad) and search for that on the forum. The model name is available in Windows in the "Device Manager" under DVD/CD-Rom drives.

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    VLC Media Player can play any region, as far as I know. I don't much care for WinMP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicKitKat View Post
    VLC Media Player can play any region, as far as I know.
    I second VLC Media Player - I've got different region DVDs and they've all worked fine with it. It's also a really easy media player to use.
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    I thought this was a problem when I got my first DVD drive. Then I got some little program called DVD Region Free, and with that and PowerDVD it works just fine. I didn't have to use any special software in my new machine though.
    I still don't know why manufacturers bother with that kind of stuff...It's just to annoy their customers, and little else

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    it is to appease the license fairys of course, do you know ANYTHING!?
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    If I recall correctly PowerDVD alone didn't allow me to watch all the regions I wanted. But then I never delved too deeply into it so its more than possible that I missed things.

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