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misplaced the remote control for my Cyber Home AD-N212 DVD player and I can't
seem to find a replacement for it. I've tried to track down the manufacturers
and a couple of universal remotes but they don't work either. Can you suggest a
remote that actually works with my DVD player because it is becoming quite a
pain not being able to do anything except just watching the films?
Steve Ford, via email
Cyberhome do seem to have become somewhat
elusive of late and a quick check around the major suppliers of replacement
remotes drew a blank. I still think your best bet is a universal remote
control, in particular the One For All 6. This one is programmed with thousands
of command codes so there's a fair chance it can work at least some functions
on your DVD player but even if it hasn't got the exact Cyberhome codes, One For
All's customer support department should be able to come up with a solution and
the handset's code library can be updated over the Internet.
WE LIKE PLAY
In your reply
to Ross Jackson (Issue 26), you asked for feedback regarding
Play247.com. I've only been using Play247 for just over a month but in that
time, I've ordered sixteen discs and one large box set. Where items are in
stock and released, they all arrived in no more than four working days, and in
some cases only two. Never had any problems with price either. I checked a
handful of companies offering a similar service and Play's prices are either
the same or better in nearly every case. I can recommend them without
reservation for delivery service, convenience, a damned good site, and
excellent customer service. And no, I am not an employee; I just appreciate
such a good service when there are so many crap companies out there.
Daryl Butterworth, via email
I've used them
for well over a year and have been supplied with many great DVD's. Service is
first rate either over the web or via the phone. One thing to note is that they
supply Canadian discs, this is not usually a problem although it can
occasionally affect the extras. As for the RCE comments these are only shown on
Columbia and Warner releases and only affect those that have players that are
unable to cope with the enhanced coding. It just saves the hassle of returning
discs. A word should also be said about DVD Digital World who are also top
notch in the supply of Region 1 discs (via Florida), they are also able to
source those not normally found anywhere else - and I don't mean porn! I'd
recommend both these companies to anyone and everyone. Well that's all I've got
to say, except for the usual, great mag, love the cover discs, keep up the good
work and hello mum.
Allan Wood, via
Yes, hello Mrs Wood, your son is one of dozens of What DVD
readers that wrote and emailed to sing the praises of Play 247. Not one bad
word, though a few people commented that the range of titles wasn't that wide
but I think we can take it as read that they are offering a really good service,
more power to their elbow!
I have an LG
3200 that Argos gave me as a replacement for malfunctioning Alba DVD103. The
picture that plays on my machine is very very dark and I have to push up my
brightness and contrast to their maximum to be able to watch the DVDs. I
have a four-year old JVC TV with a SCART AV socket. The Alba worked fine
- is it likely to be the Player or is it my set up?
Kath Walton, via email
The fact that
the brightness levels on the Alba DVD were okay suggests that there's something
amiss with the LG player. I suspect it is something quite trivial, probably
down to factory mis-alignment, but it's not something you can fix so whip it
back to the shop and let them deal with it since it must still be under
I have a couple
of dual layer Region 0 discs, which persist in showing the copyright message
and commercials, before the menus appear. I really hate watching these
mandatory tracks and since neither fast forward nor chapter jump is enabled at
that time I thought I could solve the problem by placing the disk in player
beforehand and playing the disk before I switch TV on or to the DVD channel.
The problem is that my DVD player (Sony DVP-S335) and my TV tend to lose sync
and as result I see on the TV the copy protection signal that is meant to
prevent copying DVDs on video tapes. I can get rid of the signal by ejecting
the disk and re-inserting it but then I had to watch those tracks I
specifically wanted to skip. Do you have any idea about how I could either
re-gain the sync on the fly or skip the intro tracks?
As a slightly related issue I have to mention so-called 'laser rot', the
symptoms of which sound to me a lot like the sync problems I'm having. I have
not myself encountered laser rot, and this is 'net wisdom', which pretty much
equals hearsay and rumour.
Jarmo Ahosola, via email
I have come
across a couple of deviant players that let you skip through copyright notices
but officially this is not supposed to happen and the powers that be insist
that we have to watch them, and anything else they choose to put on their
discs. Perhaps we should start a campaign…Those 'copy protection signals' are
probably time codes or data blocks hidden away in unused portions of the video
signal, which you wouldn't normally see when the picture is stable. If loss of
sync only occurs on certain discs I would hazard a guess that they are NTSC
recordings (most Region 0 DVDs are) and your TV isn't a multi-standard model.
Otherwise, if it happens on all discs, then the TV's sync circuitry may need a
tweak. The laser rot story is an old chestnut that surfaces from time to time.
Basically it relates to some faulty CD pressings about ten years ago, where the
bonding process that joins the halves of the disc failed, air got in and
oxidised the reflective layer, making the disc unplayable. As far as I'm aware
lessons were learned and it hasn't happened since, on CDs or DVS.
I have just bought a REL Strata 3 subwoofer. Is it only Dolby Digital sound that activates it or does ordinary
surround sound also work? Now that I have a subwoofer I now realise what I have been missing and
now that I have it, I no longer want to play anything without the use of my
David Symmons, Guildford
I heartily agree and no home cinema system is
complete without a big beefy sub rumbling away in the background. Almost all
movies made in the past twenty years, whether they are on tape or disc have
surround soundtracks and most of them have bass-heavy effects, more so on
action blockbusters and sci-fi flicks, and a sub woofer is the only way to hear
them, no matter how good the rest of the speakers in your system happen to be.
Some DVD players – notably recent Philips
models – have a separate sub-woofer output that extracts bass sounds from the
analogue Dolby Surround soundtracks, but you're more likely to find a sub
output on a AV amplifier with Dolby Pro Logic and/or Dolby Digital/dts
decoders. Sub outputs are also fitted to players with on-board Dolby Digital
decoders. In most cases these are at line-level, which means that the sub
woofer has to be an 'active' type with a built-in amplifier, some AV amps have
amplified sub woofer outputs, for driving 'passive' (i.e. un-amplified) subs.
LIES LOCK UP
I own a Samsung
709 DVD player. I have bought and rented lots of DVDs since January, but I have
problems playing What Lies Beneath. Around chapters 22, just when you discover
the meaning to the film! The disc will just hold or totally stop. Is there a
problem with this disc?
Steve Gill, via email
Not as far as I
am aware, I checked around the web sites and news groups and found no reports,
including the usually reliable UK specific 'DVD Flaws' site (http://freespace.virgin.net/jonathan.prince/bugs.htm).
Have you checked the obvious, like a dirty or scratched disc? It could be
faulty so it's worth trying it on another player, or taking it back and getting
need a hack for my Aiwa XD-DV170. I have searched the net for a while and the
only one that I came across said that the 'menu', 'top menu' and 'power'
buttons should be pressed at the same time. I have since found that it
doesn't work. Please say there is another one! If not, around how much
does it cost to get a player chipped?
Tracey Barber, via email
Bad news I'm
afraid, I've searched high and low for a legit handset hack but no luck.
Multi-region versions of this machine are available but as yet I haven't found
any UK chipping companies listing it, which suggests it's trickier than usual.
If anyone knows different please let me know.
I have got a
Philips DVD-711 player and wondered if there was a 'hack' for it, or is the
this a case of getting it 'chipped' at my local DVD shop?
Simon Reid, via
There is and
the most reliable method is to use a One For All 6 universal remote control.
Configure the handset using the set-up code 0539, press the Magic button and
enter the code 085. The screen should show a line of dashes, now, on the DVD
remote handset enter the following numbers: 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0, 5, 2, 5, 5.
Press Play and the display shows 'No Disc', switch the play off, count to ten
then switch it back on again.
I have a
Samsung 511 DVD player, 25 Region 1 DVD's and a boyfriend who has done a runner
with the damn codes. Is there any way I can hack my player to play all regions?
If not, please supply me with details on how to wipe the smug smile of that
stupid gits face by getting it to play my Region 1 DVD's again.
Spice Sugar, via email
smile wiped! Cold start the player by
switching it on and pressing the Stop and Play button on the front panel
together. This brings up a language menu, select 1 for English. Now press Repeat on the handset and the
following code: 3, 8, 7, 6, 7. The current code setting should appear on the
screen (i.e. '02'), enter the new Region code (1, 2, 3 etc., or 9 for All
Region) then press Open on the Player and Standby on the Remote. If you have
changed it to Region 1 and you want to change it back to Region 2, you should
enter the following code 2, 9, 3, 3, 4 after pressing the Repeat button.
I have a
Samsung DVD-709 but I heard that it could be hacked by pressing a few buttons
on the remote and not using the Awia remote. Can you help?
C. Cheng, Essex
try the DVD-511 hack above
purchased a Hitachi DV-P305E DVD player and it is restricted to Region 2 discs
only. I was wondering if there was a code to type or a hat that you know of
that I can use to make my DVD player a multi-region player?
Slimm Dogg, via email
winner, and coincidentally the same solution as the Samsung hacks above (guess
who makes all these machines….?)
purchased a JMB DVD 3000 and was wondering if you could tell me the region hack
Mark Adair, via email
This one is
quite easy. Switch on and on the player press and hold Stop, Open, Forward Skip
and Skip Back for 3 seconds. This should bring up a hidden service menu. There
should be an entry for Region Number, use the 'Free' option and exit the menu
and the player should go into Standby mode. Different firmware versions have
been used on this machine and there's a chance that may not work, in which case
try this. Switch on and hold down Stop, Open and Forward Skip for 3 seconds and
the service menu should appear. On no account touch the Initialised Type menu
item or bad things could happen
question: Will this player play discs from any region, bearing in
mind the player has Region 2 printed on the back of the box. If so do I have
to input anything?
Tony Sweeney, Chesterfield
This is another
fairly straightforward handset hack. Switch the machine on and press Pause,
then the following code: 3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, then the Region number you want to
change the machine to (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc, or 0 for All region), press Pause
again, switch the player off, count ten and it's done.
I have recently
bought a Toshiba SD100, is there a remote control hack for multi-region play?
Sorry, no joy
on this one, and to save anyone else asking, we have yet to see a handset hack
that works on any Toshiba player.
I have recently
purchased a Sony DAV-S300 and wondered whether or not there is an easy hack to
get it to play Region 1 discs, without having it chipped?
all Sony DVD players are hard coded and chipping is the only solution but be
aware that you'll void the guarantee.
As usual we
cannot guarantee these procedures, you use them entirely at your own risk and
we take no responsibility whatsoever if anything goes wrong! Consider
yourselves duly warned.
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