DR DVD JANUARY
HAIR RAISING PROBLEM
I hope you can help before I tear my hair out.
I've purchased a Sanyo HV-DX1E DVD/VCR combi. In the instructions it says you
can change the country code. I've tried to put in the letters and it still will
not work, it just comes up 'Please check the code'. Is there a code or do I
have to get it chipped?
Mrs S. Hurley, Clevedon, North Somerset
The Country Code setting on a DVD player’s
setup menu confuses the hell out of a lot of people and is frequently mistaken
for a Region Code hack so let’s set the record straight. The Country Code tells
the player which country it is going to be used in, so it can set the correct
language for the on-screen displays, subtitles and soundtracks. Normally it’s
factory set, or by the importer so it’s unusual to need to change it. Regional
Coding is a quite separate issue whereby data on the disc tells the player
whether or not it is allowed to play the disc. I’ve searched high and low for a
crack code for the DX1E without any luck so I’m afraid the only way it will
ever play discs from another region is to have it chipped. For future reference
I’ve only seen a small handful of hackable DVD/VCR combis, so far all of them
made by Samsung, though new ones are coming along all the time so maybe the
situation will improve.
In your March issue you mentioned that a hack
was possible for the Sanyo DVD 1500 through Channel Technology. However the web
site does not mention the hack and my e-mail's to them are returned as
undeliverable. Are you able to suggest any other way that I can hack the above
player? If the player cannot be hacked can you suggest somewhere where I could
have the player chipped, again, if it is possible?
Jason Mepham, via email
Channel Technology seems to have disappeared
and the web site is now closed, which to be honest is not that unusual in the
semi-shady world of region code hacking. However, the information you are
looking for lives on in the form of a ‘zip’ file that you use to create a
CD-ROM, this is loaded into the machine and it makes changes to the player’s
firmware. Now I must stress that this is an advanced technique and not in the
same league as a simple handset hack, moreover it also carries a lot more risk
of permanent damage, so only try it if you know what you are doing and know
your way around PCs and CD ROM burning. One last thing, I understand that it
only works with Sanyo machines made before July this year. The file you need,
which comes with rudimentary instructions is called
‘spookytooth-sanyo1500crack.zip’. You should be able to track down a copy by
typing that into a search engine like Google (www.google.com)
but if you have trouble send me an email and I’ll forward a copy, with the
proviso that you use it entirely at your own risk!
In your Sept 2002 issue you published a hot
hack for Thomson DTH-4200 but I am unable to make it work. I tried setting it
to region 1 DVD's only but no luck. I don't know if you have to punch in the
codes quickly, or there should be a delay in entering the region number after
the special code. I have also tried to switch off the machine totally and try
it but that doesn't work either. The machine you pictured is my model, am I
A Marshall, via email
I can only think of three reasons why a hack
won’t work: you didn’t follow or understood the instructions (very common), the
manufacturer changes the firmware (it happens now and then), or I got it wrong.
No prizes for guessing what happened this time
but in our defence this is the first time (promise not to do it again) and we
only got it a tiny little bit wrong. What I should have said is that you have
to press the Repeat button on your handset first, before entering the before
entering the 38767 code.
CRACK CODE CLINIC
I am looking for a hack code to make my new
DVDR-890 region-free, can you help?
Joe Shah, South Norwood, London
Congratulations Joe, you are the first to ask
for a hack for Philips latest DVD recorder and there’s some good news, not only
do I have a hack, but also a new hack that should work on a lot of Philips
players, and doesn’t involve you buying a new remote control. Try the new hack
first, on the Philips handset press Open/Close 159; if it works the front panel
display will show a row of dashes. Now enter the code 121 212
005 255 (note that the 12th digit won’t show and that this is not the usual
code for Philips players, we’ll come to that in a moment). Press play, the
display should show No Disc, switch off, count ten and switch back on again and
If pressing Open/Close 159 didn’t work
then it’s back to the old tried and tested method, which involves buying a One
4 All universal remote control (OFA 4 or 6). When you get it home program it
with setup code 0539 then press Magic 085. This should have the effect of
taking you to the front panel screen full of dashes we mentioned a moment ago.
You can then go back to the player’s own remote, enter the code and follow the
rest of the procedure. Now about that code, only use it for DVD recorders like
the DVDR-890, 980, 985 and 1000, for all other Philips models you should use
the standard code 222 222 005 255.
So, I read that you are the crack code master.
I have multi region DVDs that won’t play on our Region 1 player. Can you please
help us out?
Tom, via email
Ah the old ‘flattery will get you everywhere’
trick, well, it works for me… I am fairly sure that your Apex 500 is a US model
(K-Mart budget special) and it can only play NTSC discs. Even though your discs are ‘Multi Region’ (I
presume by that you mean Region Free) they will only play on you machine if
they’re NTSC recordings. Region Free discs are mainly for the benefit of the
European DVD market, where most players can play both NTSC and PAL discs.
However, all many not be lost, it’s worth checking out a firmware upgrade for
this machine, which might make it possible to play PAL recordings, have a look
at the following web site: http://www.nerd-out.com/darrenk/
LG DVD 5253
I have a LG DVD 5253 and have tried the hacks
that I have found on the Internet, they do not work. One that I tried gave a
hack to see the firmware version, which did work.
Can you give me any help?
Paul Snow, via email
Sorry, no hack as such but if you’ve got a PC
with an Internet connection, a CD-Writer and nerves of steel you can modify the
firmware with a small download. Only the PC savvy and those willing to take the
risk need apply, but full instructions can be found at: http://www.area450.co.uk/lg5083hack.htm
FERGUSON DVD 400 FE
Have you a code to enable the playing of other
region DVDs for the Ferguson DVD 400 FE?
Graham Thorne, via email
We haven’t had one of these before but after a
bit of digging around I managed to come up with the following. On the remote
handset press Menu 167 then enter your preferred region code (1 to 6) or Mute
for all regions. Here’s an extra bonus hack for you, to enable VCR playback
press Open, pop an audio CD in the tray, press Open again, to close the drawer
then Menu, 1, Index, Open, 1
Can you find a hack for my Rowa DVD player?
Sarah, via email
It would have been quite helpful if you could
have included the model number but what the hey, I’m in a good mood. There are
only a couple of hacks for these machines but first, have a look around the
back. If you see a round socket – similar to the ones used by a mouse on a PC,
and a switch marked ‘PAL/Auto/NTSC’, you’re out of luck I’m afraid. Otherwise
try these hacks. For the DVD 280 or 3610 press the following keys on your
handset: Open/Close, Zoom, A-B, Left, Down, Right cursor buttons and ‘Region
Free’ should appear on the screen. The alternative hack for this model is
Open/Close 1111. If you have a DVD-800 press Open, 2168 then keep pressing the
Enter key to select the region.
Hi, I have a Hitachi DVD Player (model number
DV-P305E) that can only play Region Two discs. I have a friend who has a lot of
Region One DVDs which I would like to borrow so can you tell me if there is a
Region One hack code for my machine?
Alan Parsons, via email
Hi to you, and yes there is. In fact the P305
is an old friend but we haven’t covered it for a while so maybe it’s time for
another airing. It’s the familiar Samsung hack, mentioned briefly in the
letters this month, but the whole routine is as follows. Cold start the player by
switching off then switch back on again using the front panel (not the remote)
Play and Stop buttons, select English as the language then press Repeat 38767,
The current region appears on the screen (i.e. ‘02’) then enter your new region
code (1 to 6 or 9 for all regions). Note that if you change it to Region 1 you
will need to use the code 29334 to get it back to R2 or all region replay.
I have a Dansai 952. Is there a remote control cheat/formula to allow me to play
Louisa Hartley, via email
This one’s hot off the press. To turn your
Tesco special into an all region machine do this: press Open, Setup, Stop, Skip
Back, Skip Forward and a service menu will appear, choose your region or Bypass
for all region replay.
I’m not sure if you can help but I have a
rather unusual DVD player, a Kiss 1302, which I bought on ebay a while ago, and
I wonder if you have come across it before, and if so, do you have an
all-region hack for it?
Ben Willers, via email
No, it’s a new one on me but I have managed to
track down a possible hack but since I haven’t had a Kiss yet (always open to
offers…), I can’t vouch for its effectiveness. My information is that you load
a disc then press Stop, Stop, Setup, Slow, Skip Back, Skip Right a service menu
will appear and you can use the cursor button to change the region. Let me know
how you get on.
just inherited a Maplin SMC-MK1 from a friend who has recently emigrated. He
also game me a small collection of Region 1 discs, which he assured me would
play, but as yet I haven’t managed to get one of them to work. When I emailed
him he told me there was a hack for it, but he has lost or forgotten it, can
Keen, via email
never heard of a player spontaneously resetting itself, normally once the
region code has been changed, or set to all region replay it stays put, so your
friend must have changed it back to Region 2. Not to worry, this machine is
easily hackable, press Open, 7, Enter, 7 and a hidden service menu should
appear on the screen from where you can change the code, either 1 to 6 or 13
for all regions.
I’ve had this player for almost two years and
it has been brilliant and didn’t want to risk damaging it but now that the
guarantee has expired, I wondering if there’s any chance it could be modified
to play Region 1 discs?
Mile Lewin, via email
It can and all you have to do is press the
Power and Previous buttons together on the front panel and the display should
change to a row of dashes, next on the handset press 1999 and the display
should now show A-0000 D-01. Enter the
two-digit region code (01, 02, 03 etc) or 00 for all regions. Switch off, count
ten and switch it on again.
Not all of us are lucky enough to own a DVD
player with a Region lock that can be easily changed, so spare a thought for
these poor folk who, to the best of my knowledge are stuck with unhackable
machines. If you know otherwise, please drop me a line so we can put them out
of their misery.
Panasonic SC-HT70, H. Mercercox
DVP-3410, Steve Sharman
Sanyo DC-TS750, Andy Grey
Sony DVP NS300, Sindy
Sony DVP-NS305, Neil Baker
HERE WE GO AGAIN DEPARTMENT
As we all know DVD manufacturers are engaged in
a battle over recordable formats. At the moment it’s all fairly low key, DVD
recorders are still thin on the ground and relatively expensive – compared with
a play only machine or VCR -- so hopefully not too many fingers will get burnt.
Now news reaches us of yet another format tussle, this time over the next
generation recordable DVD. Until recently it looked fairly cut and dried and
the new Blu-Ray system, capable of storing several movies on one disc and
backed by most of the leading industry players was apparently coming on nicely.
Now we hear that Matsushita, which owns the Panasonic and Technics brands is
thinking of developing its own blue laser system, and just to confuse matters
Time Warner is backing a new high definition system called HD-DVD-9. One new
format at a time please…
KNOW YOUR D-CODES
If you look closely at DVDs from Disney, MGM
and Warner you might spot a ‘D-Code’ printed on the label or box. D1 signifies
that it’s an official UK release, usually with an English only soundtrack and
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) seal of approval with all the
naughty or offensive bits cut out. If you want to see the full uncut, or not
quite so hacked about version you’ll have to look out for D2 and D3 codes,
which are not supposed to be sold in the UK or Ireland. There’s also a D4 code,
which is used to identify discs for other European markets in Region 2 and R4
territories, which includes Australia and New Zealand.
Ó R. Maybury 2002,