DR DVD JULY
I was hoping you could suggest a suitable glue
to repair one of my DVDs. Unlike a recent letter, my disc seems to be splitting
into two discs from the centre. This has not yet reached the metalised part so
I am looking for glue that will not do more harm than good!
Once a DVD or any optical disc for that matter
has started to ‘delaminate’ there’s nothing you can do about it and it will
quickly become unplayable as the reflective layer is exposed to the atmosphere.
You should take it back to wherever you bought it from and ask for a
replacement, even if it’s more than a year old as this is not a warranty issue
but a very obvious manufacturing fault.
Who decides what Films are to be made into
DVDs? Is there a possibility that the film `Hawks', starring Timothy Dalton
& Janet McTeer ever coming out on DVD? It's about Two Terminally ill
patients having a last fling in Amsterdam, a very good film with Abba music from
time to time. I have it on Video, but it would be nicer still on DVD.
Philip Dutfield, via email
Movie companies and distributors often move in
mysterious ways but always with a keen eye on the bottom line. You can take it
as read that films are released when they’re judged to have a chance of making
the company a profit. Hawks was made in 1988 and released on VHS a few months
later and then it was deleted, presumably because it was a flop. Transferring a
movie to DVD can be an expensive business and while Mr Dalton obviously has a
loyal fan base it’s unlikely there’s enough of a market to justify the cost. Of
course there’s always the chance it’ll be released if he suddenly becomes a hot
property again and it’s worth keeping an eye on the Region 1 releases, which
delve much deeper into back catalogues, but don’t hold your breath.
I bought a copy of The Bounty, just released on
DVD. It plays okay on my computer, but a warning note comes up saying
"Video Standards mismatch ... video playback to the external TV will not
display". When I play it on my
Sony DVD player through the TV, it is in black and white. Can you explain this?
Les Sheehan, via email
You didn’t mention which PC or laptop you are
using but the usual reason for that kind of error message is that the
computer’s video output is configured for displaying Windows and Windows
applications. DVD replay utilises a completely different set of the PCs video
processing and display resources – in other words some DVD players are not Windows
applications as such – so the PC’s video output cannot handle it.
As for the black and white playback, I confess I’m puzzled. The only
explanation I can think of -- assuming that your Sony player produces a normal
colour picture with other discs -- is that there’s a problem with your disc or
that you’ve unwittingly bought a Region 1 copy and it’s playing back in NTSC,
which your TV is unable to process.
Late last year I bought myself a DVD player,
and to help me find the DVD's of my interest I began buying your magazine,
which I have found to contain loads of interesting information. My main interest lies in sci-fi films and
the Star Trek and Stargate SG-1 series, most of which I have on video format. I
recently began acquiring the Stargate series on DVD but have come across a
problem. Volume 1 of the series comprises of the very first Stargate SG-1
episode entitled 'Children of the Gods - the Next Mission’, together with
episodes (they call them 'Missions') 19, 20 & 21, the last three episodes
of series one. Volume 2 in the sequence begins series 2 and I cannot find any
DVD with the missing missions from series one. Did these episodes ever get
issued in DVD format? Your help would be much appreciated. My second query
(Sorry to go on a bit) concerns the film 'Virus' starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Do
you know of a release date on DVD format for this film? I believe it is already
available in Area 1 on DVD.
A Marshall, via email
I’m afraid you are going to have to buy a new
player, or get your machine chipped or hacked for region 1 playback. The
missing episodes did make it onto DVD but only in Region 1. The Stargate SG-1 Season One Boxed Set
is a 5 DVD package and is currently selling for around $70 on amazon.com.
Virus, as you have already discovered is also only available in R1 format and
as far as I can ascertain there are no immediate plans to release these titles
in Region 2.
CRACK CODE CLINIC
My friend has a LG 3000E DVD player, which he
wants to play region 1
films. He was thinking of buying a new player
for this purpose. But I was
wondering if there is a crack code for this
Alan. Watts, via email
I've just bought a LG DVD4710 player from
Argos, and I wondered if you knew of any multi-region hacks for this model? I'd
be most pathetically grateful...
Iain Martin, via email
We'll discuss the many ways Iain and Alan
Watt's friend can show their gratitude later (they mostly involve fine single
malt whisky...). On both machines begin by switching the play on and make sure
no disc is loaded. On the handset press Stop, Pause, 314159 and your current
region code should be shown on the player's front panel display. Enter 1 to 6
or 0 for all region replay and finish off by pressing Pause, switch off, count
to five and switch back on again.
I have recently bought a Samsung SV-DVD1E combi
and was wondering if you have a crack for said player? The codes you published
in issue 37 for the Samsung M105 didn't work. Can you help?
Lee Varrechia, via email
That's odd because I have it on good authority
that the M105 hack does work. Have another go, and don't forget you have to
carry out the Cold Start first. Switch off, then on again and hold down the
Play and Stop buttons, on the language selection menu that appears choose
English. Next, press Repeat then 38767. You current region (i.e. 2) should
appear on the screen and you now enter the new region number, 1 to 6 or 9 for
all region replay. To store the new setting press Open then Standby. To get the
machine back to Region 2 from Region 1 substitute the code 29334.
I have bought an Oritron DVD-1030 and would
really like to have the hack code so that I can play American format DVDs
J. H.W.James, Kidwilly, Dyfed
Nice easy one this, on your player's remote
handset press the Menu button then enter the code 167. Press the Mute button
for all-region replay, or 1 to 6 for a specific region and then OK to store
I've got a cheap and cheerful Proline DVD-1000.
I have been told there is a hack to get it to play Region 1 discs, without
having to get it chipped. Can you help?
Mrs P Bassett, Tamworth, Staffs
This one only takes a few moments, open the
disc tray and load a R1 disc, but don't close the drawer just yet. On the
remote handset key in 0123 then Play. If you want to get it back to Region 2
only replay open the disc draw and press Zoom and Return. The player should go
into Standby mode and when you switch it back on again it should have reverted
to its factory defaults.
My Matsui DVD-120 will only play Region 2 DVDs,
I was wondering whether you had a crack code for this machine?
E. Riley, Bradford
I do indeed and this is what to do. On the
player's front panel press and hold the Stop, Skip and Open buttons for about
five seconds and a hidden service menu should appear and you can release the
buttons. You can now change the region code using the cursor buttons on the
handset. Switch off and the setting will be stored
I bought your mag last month and got all
excited when I saw on the cover about conversions to region 1. When I got home
and read it, my machine wasn't listed. Typical of my luck! I have a Hitachi
P505E, is there any chance you have a hack for my machine?
I do, but I have to warn you that it's not one
of your run of the mill handset hacks. This one involves upgrading the player's
firmware and in order to do that you will need to download a file from the
Internet onto a PC, 'unzip' it and burn it onto a CD-ROM, which you load into
your player. Once the upgrade has been carried out you can change the region
lock by pressing Setup, Last, Skip/Previous, Skip/Next and the region set menu
should now appear. If all that sounded like a load of gobbledegook, or you haven't
got the necessary kit then this procedure is probably not for you. If you want
to know more have a look at the following web site: http://www.theironduke.plus.com/
I have a Dansai 852 DVD player, which I've been
told can be converted to play DVDs from any region. Is this true, and if so,
how does one do it (words of one syllable for non-techies please)?
J. Coultham, via email
It is true and you'll be pleased to know it's
especially difficult. Press the Setup button on the remote handset then go to
the player's front panel and press the following keys: Stop, Previous, Next. If
all's well a service menu should appear. Using the cursor buttons on the
handset select regions 1 to 6 or Bypass for all region replay. Exit the menu, switch the player off and
back on again and the job's done.
Please could you tell me if there is a region 1
hack for a Cyberhome AD-N212 DVD player? I would be most chuffed.
John Yates, via email
What you get up to in the privacy of your own
home is of no concern to me but I can help you with your other little problem.
Open the disc drawer and press 76 SEL on the remote, the secret setup menu will
now appear on the screen and you can change to region codes 1 to 6 or 13 for
all-region playback. Exit the menu and it's good to go.
I have recently bought a Phillips DVD622 and
have available to me a large collection of Region One disc, which I am unable
to play. I know this is a reasonably
new player and wondered if you have come across a hack to enable me to play
other region discs or will I have to stick with Region 2? Ian, via email
In order to use this hack you will need an
OneForAll 4 or 5 'universal remote control'.
Configure the OFA first by entering setup code 0539 and press the Magic
button. Point it at the DVD and press 085. If it has worked the player's front
panel display should be showing a row of 11 dashes. Now switch to the player's
own remote and enter the following code: 222 222 005 255, then press the Play
button. If it has worked you should see No Disc on the screen, switch the
player off, count ten and switch back on again.
YOU’VE HAD YOUR FUN…
There are rumblings coming from inside the DVD
manufacturing industry that there could be a crackdown on ‘unlicensed’ players.
For the past eighteen months the market has been flooded with cheap players,
many of them made in China and most of them with disabled or easily hacked
region locks. Members of the DVD forum have become increasingly concerned about
the impact these players, which are not produced under licence, are having on
the market and Philips has published a web site (www.licensing.philips.com/),
warning dealers and importers of potential problems with patent infringements
and the possibility of delays or seizures of unlicensed players by Customs
MORE RCE WORKAROUNDS
If your DVD player is set to all region replay
you may well have been experiencing problems with discs containing RCE (region
code enhancement) data. This is a simple set of commands on the disc that
checks to see if the player is set to Region 1 only playback, if not it
displays a warning message saying that ‘This disc is intended for play on
non-modified players’. The usually solution is to change the player to region 1
only replay but this isn’t always possible, however, there are a number of
workarounds that will allow the disc to play on some machines. Try playing a
non-RCE disc first, then without switching the play off swap it for the RCE
coded disc. Method two, the warning message is simply a ‘branch’ on the disc
menu without any navigation controls to allow you to exit, however, a lot of
players will allow you to jump from the warning message to a chapter on the
disc, using the players title or chapter selection keys. However, don’t return
to the main menu or it will lock up again.
No hacks I’m afraid this month for the
following readers and their players: Richard Clarke (Sony DVPNS300), Lola Sanwo
(Pioneer DV-525), James Whitam (Pioneer DV-737), Jagger (Samsung MAX-DN55),
Roger Tegg (JVC-XV-522), Hannaby (Aiwa DVR-120), David Comber (Toshiba SD-110),
Andy Philips (Aiwa XR-DV700), Mark McKay (Sharp DV-740), Jem Tugwell (Sony
DVP-S3361), Julie Matthews (Sharp DV-600) and Gerard (Panasonic DVD-RV31). As
usual I’m only too happy to be proved wrong so if anyone has a crack for any of
these machines please drop me a line at the usual address and I’m sure the
editor can come up with a suitable small reward for your trouble (be warned,
they will be tested…).
Ó R. Maybury 2002,