DR DVD OCTOBER
In What DVD issue 38 there was a report on the Alba DVD 113. It stated
that this machine would play region 1 discs. Alba tells me this is not the
case. Could you please clarify this for me? Also, I notice the report refers to
NTSC playback as well. I have heard that region 1 and NTSC is not exactly the
same thing. Is this so?
Philip Conroy, via email
The facility to replay Region 1 discs is an unadvertised feature and
strictly speaking it’s not permitted under the DVD licensing agreements that
manufacturers enter into so it tends not to be something they publicly admit
to, nevertheless the two Alba 113's I've seen were both all-region enabled out
of the box. However, there's nothing to stop a manufacturer disabling this
feature at any time, because it doesn't officially exist!
It is possible that current machines are now being shipped set to R2 only –it’s
not the sort of thing they announce… – but I've come across a hack, which might
work. Switch the player on and press Pause 314159. The display should show
‘COdE - -‘, enter the required region code (1 to 6 or 0 for all) then Pause and
switch off, count ten and switch on again.
Regional coding and TV standards are two quite different things. Regional
Coding is designed to stop discs bought in one country playing on decks in
another, for the purposes of timed releases and local censorship. In other
words it allows Hollywood to retain control over international movie release
and distribution. TV standards are the technical specifications for a country's
television broadcasting system. It just so happens that most DVD players sold
in the UK can replay both PAL (most of Europe etc) and American NTSC discs, but
regional coding prevents a UK (R2) player from playing US (R1) NTSC discs, it
could however play a Japanese NTSC disc, because Japan is also Region 2.
I am finally getting round to the idea that I need to purchase a DVD
player, however, I am most un-knowledgeable in this field and need some help. I
want a good quality model that can play multi-region discs that can also work
in Canada as I am hoping to relocate there in near future. I have heard they
are on a separate electronic frequency?
Tony Wallbank, via email
I suspect you are referring to the fact that Canadian mains supplies,
like their next-door neighbours operate on a frequency of 60Hz, as opposed to
the 50Hz supply we use in the UK and throughout most of Europe. However, this
isn’t a problem, it’s the fact that the US and Canada have a 110 volt AC supply
whereas ours mains is nominally 230 volts. If you tried plugging most Euro
players into a US socket it simply wouldn’t work. There are a handful of DVD
players that have switchable 110/230-volt power supplies and some can operate
on a 110 to 230 volt 50/60Hz supply. Moreover just about any DVD player can be
hacked or modded for all-region playback but I think that in the end you would
be better off buying an all-region or hackable player locally. Apart from
anything else prices are very slightly cheaper out there, you won’t have so far
to go to get it repaired if it goes wrong, and you’ll have a wider choice of
models since you won’t have to worry about checking the players power supply.
You’ll also have less bother sorting out AV connections since few, if any,
US/Canadian TVs have SCART sockets.
I have one of the original Wharfedale 750 DVD players from Tesco, which
have had for 2 years and been quite happy with. I used the region free hack and
have regularly imported and played region 1 discs. However my latest purchase
of Fox’s 'There’s no Business Like Show
Business', which is part of the Marilyn Monroe Diamond collection just will not
play. All I get is a caption saying 'This disc is not formatted for your
region'. Is this an RCE disc? There is nothing on the sleeve to say and I do
not get the RCE map on the screen. Also I did not think Fox used RCE and I did
not expect it to be used on such an old (1954) film. Any thoughts on how to get
John Sheppard, via email
I don’t think this is an RCE issue, as you point out, you would expect
to see the ‘world map’ logo if that were the case. However, the message you’re
seeing does suggest a region code problem. Obviously this shouldn’t happen if
the player is set to all-region playback, and it’s behaving normally with other
R1 discs, so that leaves us with two possibilities. The first and least likely
is that Fox has come up with a clever (and secret) new tweak to defeat all region
playback, or, the more likely explanation, which is that you have a duff disc,
or at least the data that tells the player what region code the disc is using
CRACK CODE CLINIC
I bought a Samsung M105 DVD player and for some reason, it is not
allowing me to complete the first step in hacking the region code. I have
entered the code and that’s as far as I get.
What am I doing wrong?
Simon, via email
I have a Samsung DVD-M105 can you help me with multi region hack?
Doderinde, via email
No problem, and Simon, pay attention, especially to model to numbers!
All together now on your handsets press Repeat 57538. You must press the Repeat
button, NOT A-B Repeat, it won’t work if you do that, Simon… All being well
‘02’ should be displayed in the top left corner of the screen; this is your
current region setting. Now, quickly enter your region code selection, 1 to 6
or 9 for all regions. You only have a few seconds to do it, and this means you
Simon… If you’re too slow you have to start over. To finish off press Open on
the remote – again don’t hang about – count 15, switch off then back on again.
I am looking for a
code to make the Samsung
DVD-511 DVD player region free.
Sarah Wheeler, via mail
This is the other common Samsung hack (which Simon – see above – may
have tried to use). The first step is to cold start the player, which puts it
into factory-fresh condition, do this by switching on (disc tray empty) and
press and hold the Play and Stop buttons on the front panel for a few seconds.
The language selection menu should appear, choose 1 for English then press
Repeat 38767, then the region number (1 to 6 or 9 for all regions). To store
the setting press Open on the player and Standby on the remote. By the way, to
get back to R2 from R1 it’s the same procedure but this time use the code
I have a Goodmans DVD3500PK can it be "hacked" to make it
Chris Spencer, via email
GRUNDIG GDV 620-HT
I was wondering if you have a Multi-Region code for my Grundig GDV 620.
Louisa Kattenhorn, via email
Indeed it can and all you have to do is open the disc tray, tap in 9817
on the remote and a service menu should appear, with the option to change the
region coding. The choices, as usual are 1 to 6 or 9 for all regions. Exit the
menu and it’s done.
Having read the April edition of What DVD and in particular your advice
on converting a Cyberhome AD-N512 to multi-region, I need help! I got into the
hidden set-up menu OK and then drew a blank when it came to changing
the region. Any further advice you can give me would be very much appreciated.
Jane Messenger, via email
I’m not aware of any problems with this hack (open disc tray, press 76
Select to fire up the hidden service menu). It’s possible the manufacturers
have changed the Firmware – the software that controls your player – the
published hack is okay on firmware up to version 9.8. This should be shown on
the service menu, if it is a different version then I’m afraid you may be in
for a wait, possibly a very long one, but I’ll keep looking.
PHILIPS DVD 711
Would you have a hack for the
Philips DVD-711 that would switch off RCE? I have already hacked the machine
but now find that region 1 AI and Hearts in Atlantis only plays in black and
white. Or do I have to have the machine chipped to alleviate this problem?
John Wright, Hampshire
This is not caused by RCE (Region Code Enhancement), which would
prevent the disc from playing altogether. The reason the picture is in black
and white is because this player outputs a ‘raw’ NTSC signal from an R1 disc,
your TV either cannot display NTSC or it hasn’t been set up to do so. Check the
manual (the TV’s that is…) and see if there’s an option in the configuration
menu, or possibly an NTSC input on one of the SCART sockets.
Could you tell me is there any way of making my Philips DVD-750 RCE
The surest way I know to circumvent RCE coding is to set the player to
Region 1 playback, rather than all regions. By the way, only try this on
Philips players if you are using the One 4 All hack, the standard Philips
remote hack will cause the machine to lock up after 25 changes (it can be
unlocked with the One 4 All hack). There’s also a rough and ready RCE
workaround for Philips players that I mentioned in issue 41’s Geek Zone’.
Briefly load the disc and repeatedly press the Stop button, to prevent it
loading and displaying the RCE world map. Then press the T-C button twice, the
display shows a row of dashes and you can now start play by entering in a time,
or try pressing the Play button.
Do you happen to know of any remote hacks for the LG DVD5083, allowing
me to play region one discs?
Mick Rymer, via email
Unfortunately not but it can be hacked if you have access to the
Internet and a PC with a CD writer. All you have to do is download a small file
called LG500zip, you can get it from: http://downloads.come2store.com/AllanC/LG5000.zip,
this contains a small Readme file with instructions, when you extracted the
file and burn it to the CD-ROM just pop it in the player and follow the
prompts. Incidentally, only use a standard 650Mb CD-R disc. It won’t work if
you user the higher capacity 700Mb discs, and if all that sounds like
gobbledegook, get a PC savvy friend to help.
MICO CLASICA 20
I recently purchased a Mico Clasica 20 DVD/SVCD/CD/MP3 player, is there a code
to make this multi region?
Mark Simmons, via email
It’s another easy one. On the remote handset tap in the code 2917
Enter, up pops a service menu and you can make your changes, 1 to 6 for a
specific region or 13 for all regions. Exit the menu to store the change.
I have just purchased a Matsui DVD-125 and would like to know if
there was a way to alter the region coding? I saw in the latest edition of What
DVD that you answered a similar query for someone who had bought a Matsui Model
120 and I wondered if the method described was the same for my model?
I also read somewhere that the region coding for the UK was 2 and that this
also included Japan, is this true? I’ve also see some DVD's
’No regional coding, will play on all machines’. Is this also
true? Sorry for so many questions in one e-mail but I am new to
DVD and need all the help I can get!
Tony Martin, via email
Ask away, that’s what I’m here for. Firstly, yes and no; yes I have a
hack for the DVD-125 and no, the one for the DVD-120 won’t work. The correct
procedure is as follows, with the disc tray empty press Menu 167 then the
region number you want to change to (1 to 6) or Mute for all region, store the
setting by pressing Exit.
Japan is Region 2, so disc will play on most DVD players sold in the
UK; the only point to watch out for is that Japanese discs, like those sold in
the US, use the NTSC video standard. Most players helpfully convert this to a
form that most recent UK TVs can display (PAL 60) but a few simply output a raw
NTSC signal, and not all TVs can handle that, and you may end up with a black
and white picture. There are a growing number of ‘Region Free’ discs on the
market and yes, they will play in all players (with the same NTSC proviso if
they’re American), but usually they’re back-catalogue titles and it’s unlikely
many new releases will appear in Region Free format.
NO LUCK YET…
Here’s this month’s list of sad hackers. I really don’t hold out much
hope for handset hacks for machines from the likes of A-brand companies such as
Panasonic and Sony but as usual if you know of a way to help any of these
unfortunates please drop me a line. Andy Wood (Samsung SV-DVD3E), Mick Hilton
(JVC XV-E112), R. Carteledge (Grundig GDV-230), Andy Bakes (Panasonic XV10), Jim
Barnes (Sony DVP-S725), Colin Sproul (Sanyo DVD-SL20), Natalie Webb (Sony
DVP-NS400), I Fincham (Sony DVP-S535).
TOSH TRICK FOR RCE
If your multi-region Tosh player is troubled by RCE coded discs here’s
another workaround for you to try, to fool the player into accepting the disc.
It doesn’t work with all models, but give it a go anyway. Load the disc and
straight away press Stop, then press the T button twice. The display should
show ‘Time Input’, enter 1 (second), press Play and cross your fingers…
NEW RCE THREAT
There are reports that MGM has developed an ‘RCE-like’ coding system to
prevent R1 discs working on players set for all region playback. Little is
known about the system at the moment, or even how well it works but the code
was added to early pressings from one of its Japanese plants on the following
movies: Another Woman,
Antitrust, Magnificent Seven, Magnificent Seven Ride Again, The Princess Bride and Salvador. Apparently the
experiment has now been curtailed but if anyone has had any interesting
experiences with these titles I like to hear from you.
A little over a year ago electronics manufacturers in China
quietly announced they were working on the development of a new optical disc
system called Advanced Versatile Disc or AVD. It was thought at the time to be
a bargaining tool, to help Chinese manufacturers get a better licensing deal
for the players they make. More recently there’s been news of yet another
system, this time backed by 19 Taiwanese firms, called EVD (Enhanced Versatile
Disc), which would be compatible with AVD. Its not clear AVD/EVD decks would
play DVDs – either officially or unofficially -- but there’s little doubt that
DVD patents are under very close scrutiny
Ó R. Maybury 2002,