DR DVD JUNE
There are over 8 million deaf or hard of
hearing people in this country and I happen to be one of them. You can
therefore appreciate the enormous joy I have experienced in recently
acquiring a DVD player. It has opened up a
whole new world of entertainment with the availability of subtitling. So much
so, that I am a DVD Preacher! Everybody I speak to, whether deaf or of normal
hearing, I advocate the purchase of this superb format.
That being said, the quality of some subtitles
leaves me a little bemused. As I can also lip-read to some extent, I am often
able to ascertain that the text on screen does not exactly follow the spoken
word. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" being but one of the worst
examples. Also, accessing subtitles can be a pain in the butt with
unnecessarily complicated access screens i.e. I could not even find the
facility on "U-571" (which I returned to the shop although I am told
there is definitely subtitles available). Packaging can also be a problem. For
Christmas I bought my wife (who has normal hearing) a copy of "Bridget
Jones' Diary" and told her I was disappointed at the lack of subtitling on
such a new film. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that subtitles are
available - no mention of this on the packaging!!
I seem to remember reading somewhere that it
costs around £400 to put an hours subtitling onto a disc - not a great expense.
So why is the deaf and hard of hearing community sidelined when it comes to
wanting to collect DVDs of television programmes? It also disappoints me that
Director's Commentaries (that appear on almost every successful feature film
DVD) do not carry subtitles. I just cannot understand, especially as the
technology is there, why we have to be marginalised and treated as a
Jeff Castle, via email
Youíre right of course but maybe it is just
complacency on the part of distributors as pretty well all movies and most TV
programmes on DVD available in this country have English language subtitles but
thereís no excuse for the extras not having them. One way of checking if a disc
is subtitled is to visit the web sites of retailers like www.play.com and
www.dvd.co.uk, which list the subtitle languages for the discs they sell. Your
problem with lip-synching on Crouching Tiger is easily explained, this was a
Chinese language movie, dubbed into English, so the subtitles will never match
lip movement. One last point, the subtitle display is not a function of the
disc but of the player and perhaps this isnít well explained on your machine,
it may be worth re-reading the instructions on this point.
I have a Hitachi DVP 305e, which I have had for
about 18 months, however it has a problem
Whenever I watch a DVD I can take it for
granted that somewhere in the movie the picture will jump, almost like it
misses a few frames of film, this never happens in the same place twice and
happens on every disc I watch, even new ones. If I rewind it and watch the
section where it jumped again, it doesn't do it. This happens at least once or
sometimes twice on every DVD I watch, so I know it isn't the disc. Iíve cleaned
my DVD player with a lens cleaner disc but it still jumps. It isn't the layer
change, because it does it on single layer discs as well. I find myself
watching DVDs and waiting for the picture to jump! And it does!
I'm beginning to think either me and the player
have some kind of "Stephen King Shining" thing going on or Uri Geller
did it when said he was going to use the power of his mind to affect household
electrical goods, I knew I shouldn't have stared at the TV when he told
me to! All joking aside, what's wrong with the
player? And should I start looking for a new one?
T. De Havillan, via email
Youíve effectively eliminated disc problems,
itís highly unlikely to be anything to do with the TV and since Iím not aware
of any generic problems or bugs with this model my guess is thereís a processor
fault on your machine. Iím afraid the only way youíre going to fine out is to
have it looked at. Get an estimate, if it comes to more than £50 or so it might
be better to get a new player.
A LIQUIDITY PROBLEM
I have preferred not to buy any DVD Player for
the time being, although I do enjoy watching DVDs. I am using my PC system
instead. I find it easier to switch between Regions using free software instead
of paying extra for chipping. I have no problem at all with the performance of
my system. However, I did have a problem with one of the DVDs I bought a couple
of weeks back. This is a first in my 100+ disc collection, so it is bugging me.
The disc is called Liquid Sky, produced by
Wintertainment in Region 0. The disc starts well, I see the Main Menu very fine
and than the screen just turns green every time I make any selection from the
Menu. I bought it from Amazon.com and they very helpful and sent me a
replacement within a week. Same problem with the second disc, too. When I
informed them about the case they did not hesitate at all to send me a full
Kosta Ceran, Istanbul
Iíve trawled around and come up with big fat
zilch on this one. If Liquid Sky has any problems itís to do with the plot, not
the DVD transfer, which leaves me to conclude this is one of those inexplicable
incompatibilities that turn up from time to time. Itís no consolation but I
wouldnít mind betting itís fine on a regular DVD player; maybe itís about time
you got one, instead of having to squint at a PC screen?
CRACK CODE CLINIC
Can a Logix 3300D DVD player be region Ďonedí
via its remote control or does it have to be chipped?
Loco Pig, via email
It can and the procedure is as follows. Step
one, press Open then Setup on the remote handset, enter the Region number (1 to
6) or 9 for all region playback. Next, press 2 010 then Step, Shuffle Next.
There have been some firmware revisions for this model and you may need to try
a different code, if 2010 doesnít work, use 3010 and if thatís no good try
My cousin is coming over from Canada to good old
Blighty shortly and has said he will bring some of his new DVD's with him. We
have a Sharp VCR/DVD combination model DV-NC55H. Is there anything I can do so
that the discs will be watchable?
Neil Lover, via email
Sorry Neil, Sharp players are a bit variable in
their hackfulness, this model needs chipping to play R1 discs but Iím not aware
of anyone marketing a conversion just yet.
I am going to America shortly and wanted to
know if US DVDs will work in my JVC XV-522 DVD player, or is there a code to
make them work?
Smirnoffice, via email
No luck on this one either, Iím fairly sure it
is hard coded but I found a couple of references to a hack using a One For All
remote. Iím a bit dubious but if anyone can shed some light on it I know quite
a few owners of this machine would be very grateful.
Could you please repeat the hack for the
Tom Bennet, via email
No problem, this is a popular machine and itís
worth repeating. Begin by Ďcold startingí the player Ė i.e. putting it into its
virgin, first-time condition Ė by pressing the front panel Stop and Play buttons. The
language menu should appear, select 1 for English. Next press Repeat on the
handset and the code 38767. You should see the current region code setting on
the screen (i.e. '02'), next enter the new Region code (1 to 6 or 9 for All
Region), press Open on the Player and Standby on the Remote. To change back
from Region 1 you should substitute the code 29334 after pressing the Repeat
I have recently purchased a JVC XV-S42 player,
can you tell me if there is a remote control hack for the player, or do I have
to get it chipped?
Andy Mortimer, via email
Sorry, Iím only aware of one hackable JVC
player, and this isnít it!
PHILIPS DVD 711
I have a Philips DVD 711 DVD player and I was
wondering if you could tell me the region hack code?
John A. Gibson, via email
I am looking for a region hack for a Philips
DVD 622 player. Have you any advice on a hack for this particular model, to
change it from region 2, to a multi region player?
P Wilkie, via email
I havenít tried it myself but I have it on good
authority that the classic DVD-750 hack works on both of these machines, in
which case you will have to get hold of a One For All 4 or 6 Universal remote control handset.
Program it with the set-up code 0539 then press the Magic button and enter the
code 085. The display should row of dashes, swap over to the playerís remote
and tap in: 222 222 005 255. Donít worry if the last digit doesnít show on the
display, finally press Play on the remote and the display should now show ĎNo
Discí. Switch off, wait a few seconds and switch on.
My brother in the USA has bought a Toshiba
SD1600 so for Christmas presents we sent him some DVDs, but they don't work.
When he inquired nobody seemed to know about ways of recoding or replacing the
chips, could you please tell me how to make his player multi regional?
Claudio, via email
Fraid not, itís chipping or nothing with this
Some time ago I purchased a Hitachi DV-P250,
recently I bought your magazine for the first time and found it very
interesting. I was wondering whether you have a code crack for my player.
Ralph Willingham, via email
Thereís not a handset hack as such but I
understand it is possible to reprogram the playerís firmware using downloaded
files and a PC with a CD-burner. It sounds really risky to me but if you want
to know more have a look at: http://www.theironduke.plus.com/HitachiSyndicate/Files/files.html
Please help me with a hack for my Grundig
GDV620. I am sure there must be oneÖ
Steve Gat, via email
Try this: open the disc tray the enter the
following code on the handset 9817, next select the region code (1 to 6) or 9
for all region and itís done.
I have finally found a fix for the Samsung
M-105. The problem is the firmware V5.02E, which requires a different code.
Switch on your player. Ensure the tray is closed and no disc is inserted. The
Samsung (or Thomson, or Hitachi) splash screen should be visible on your TV
screen at this point.
Press REPEAT on your remote control (not REPEAT
A-B!) followed by a five-digit sequence, which corresponds to the currently set
R1 - 29334 (DVD-x09 and clones only)
R2 - 38767 (If you have a DVD-M series player,
e.g. DVD-M105, with firmware 5.02Ee, use 57538 instead)
R3 - 56732
R4 - 76884
R5 - 53814
R6 - 24462
If you've done this correctly, 0x will appear
at the top left of the screen where x is the currently set region. You can
change this to a region of your choice by pressing the appropriate digit on
your remote control (1 to 6), alternatively, you can set "auto-region"
mode (even for RCE discs) by pressing 9. To store the new setting press
OPEN/CLOSE or EJECT (either on your remote or on the player itself) to open the
tray - you must do this before 0x disappears from the screen. When the tray is
open, wait at least 15 seconds, and then press DVD POWER (may be called POWER,
or STANDBY) on the remote to close the tray and put the player into Standby
mode. Some firmware versions apparently require a slight variation of the
above, namely pressing MENU before you press REPEAT.
David Lau, Glasgow
Many thanks for that David youíve made a lot of
people very happy.
I hope you can help me; I have recently
purchased a Rowa 280 DVD machine from Asda. I was wondering if there was any
code to unlock the multi region programme,
Gary Jones, Liverpool
There are two versions of this machine, one
made by Pioneer, which has to be chipped and the other, made by Minato, which
can be hacked for multi-region replay. If yours has a PAL/Auto/NTSC switch on
the back itís the former. To hack the other on the remote one press:
Open/Close, Zoom, A-B, Cursor Up, Cursor Left, Cursor down and Cursor right,
and thatís all there is to it.
LOOSEN THAT LAPTOP
We continue to receive pleas from PC and laptop
owners troubled by the region locks on their apparatus. Itís not really our
department Ė there are plenty of computer magazines out there Ė but for the
general good of the DVD community hereís a web link to DVD Genie, a brilliant
freeware program that can unlock many of the most popular hardware and software
If it works for you donít forget to make a donation to the author who puts in a
lot of his spare time working on the program, itís only fair.
RCE Ė KNOW YOUR ENEMYÖ
We might not like it but youíve got to admire
whoever dreamt up Regional Code Enhancement (RCE), which prevents Region 1
discs working on players chipped or hacked for all-region playback. Itís
elegantly simple and exploits the Region code check that is carried out by a
DVD player whenever a disc is loaded. A small program or Ďscriptí on the disc
interrogates the playerís SPRM (system parameter) registers, asking if it is
set to Region 1, the script then asks if it can play discs from any other
region? If the return is yes the player is instructed to Ďbranchí to a static
page or stop screen, showing a graphic of the world and a message warning that
the disc is intended for play on Ďnon-modified playersí, and for good measure
it locks up the Playback controls.
Owners of multi-regional Pioneer DVD-717
players have been having all sorts of problems playing Region One releases of
Holloman, which has RCE coding. There is a simple workaround, wait for the stop
screen (world map) to appear then press the Stop button on the handset,
followed by CHP/TIME and Play, the movie should now start and you should be
able to access the menu as normal.
” R. Maybury 2002,