DR DVD SEPTEMBER
I have recently bought a Grundig 620 DVD player
which is connected to my Goodmans GTV76WZ 32" widescreen TV. I have used
the handset hack detailed in your magazine but I have a bit of a problem with
the picture quality of my region 1 discs. Once I set the player to either
region one or nine and the video setting is PAL, the actual image is fine but
the motion is jerky (presumably the difference between NTSC and PAL). If I
change video setting to NTSC or auto then the motion is fine but the image
Previously I owned a Samsung 709 DVD player,
which I could handset hack two different ways. One way was fine but the other
resulted in the jerky motion. Is there a different way to hack the Grundig or
can you offer any suggestion to cure my problem?
Donny Wooller, via email
I don’t think this has anything to do with the
way the player is hacked and incidentally, I would be interested to learn of
this ‘alternative’ hack for the Sam 709. There are basically three ways a
hacked or chipped DVD player handles a Region 1 NTSC disc. The optimum method,
involving the least picture disruption, is to play the disc as-is in NTSC, but
this requires a TV that is able to handle a ‘raw’ NTSC video signal. Method
two, which is by far the most common, is for the player to do some partial
conversion on the colour components of the video signal and output a
525-line/60Hz video signal. This is known as PAL 60 and it depends on the TV
being a fairly recent model and able to display the 525-line picture (which
most can, nowadays, thanks to the widespread use of multi-format processing
chips). Since the picture is still basically in the NTSC format the picture
still looks fairly normal. However, in the third method, where the player fully
converts the NTSC signal into PAL the difference in the number of lines and
frames does result in a jerky picture. The picture flicker you mention sounds
very much like normal 50Hz picture processing, which is more noticeable on a
widescreen display. It may just be that you’ve become more aware of it when
you’re looking for other picture defects. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can
do about screen flicker, apart from lashing out on a 100Hz TV.
I bought 'V' the original mini series"
thinking it would be the complete series, which I remember from years ago. My
first disc came with what I thought was only about half of the series. It was a
flipper with 2 parts of 34 and 29 chapters, but only took us to just after they
had started to fight back. The disc is R2, 189 minutes (about half of the
I sent the disc back and they (play.com)
promptly sent me another disc. Unfortunately this was the same. I can
definitely remember the visitors being driven away at the end by a biological
red dust scattered into the atmosphere by balloons, and also the birth of the
hybrid baby, not to mention the lovely Diana trying to "convert" the
resistance fighter Julie (sad, I know)... Have I been duped, is there another
disc, or have I just been thinking of something else.
No, you haven’t been misled, and your memory is
not playing tricks. The mini series was actually a five-parter, you have parts
one and two made in 1983, this was followed a year later by the concluding V;
The Final Battle three-part series. The two-disc DVD containing parts 3, 4 and
5 has only just gone one sale in the US (mid June), so it may take a while for
it to reach us in Region 2 unless you have a R2-capable DVD player, in which
case it’s time to pay a visit to your favourite on-line store.
I bought a copy of AI artificial intelligence
from HMV in Birmingham. I have a Wharfedale 750 DVD player, the menu screen on
disc one comes up and the interview at the end plays but if you click on play
the movie the player does not recognise the disc at all and turns off?
I have tried other R2 copies of the disc and
still the same problem, yet the movie plays on all other people’s players, even
my copy? I have not tried disc 2 to see if the same problem exists. I did mail
Time Warner UK and US about this but after two months give up waiting for a
reply could you help?
No easy answer on this one, it sounds like an
iffy disc, but AI has a reasonably clean bill of health, apart from a clumsily
positioned layer change. It’s just possible there’s something wrong with the
player though more likely it’s another one of those irritating processing
glitches but since the disc plays all the way through you’re unlikely to get
much of a reaction from either the disc maker or deck manufacturer, who I
suspect will simply blame each other.
CRACK CODE CORNER
I have a Goodmans DVD3500PK and I was wondering
if there is a way to convert
it to multi-region playback?
Stuart, via email
We’ll kick off with a simple one, all you have
to do is open the disc tray and then enter the code ‘9817’ on the remote, this
should reveal a hidden service menu with a region change option (1 to 6 or 9
for all regions), and there’s also a switch for Macrovision, exit the menu and
it’s done. Incidentally, you may need to switch to PAL output in the setup menu
if your TV cannot handle raw NTSC video.
I have recently purchased a standard DVD player
as I was told when I bought it that Multi-Region DVD players did not exist in
this country due to export issues (i.e. getting cheap DVD's from the
A nice Sales Assistant from HMV told me just
last weekend that my LG DVD player, model number DVD4210, is actually capable
of playing multi-region DVD's if a specific code is entered.
Would you be able to help me find this code or
tell me which one of your back issues I could find it in?
Chyrelle Mitchell, via email
I have just purchased the above DVD to find I can
only play Region 2 discs. Is there a code or hack I can use to play multi
Helyna Quartermaine, via email
Good news for both of you and the same hack
works for both models. Switch the player on and make sure there’s no disc in
the tray, next, press Pause then 314159 on the remote. In the player’s front
panel display you should see the word ‘code’, all you have to do now is enter
the region number (1 to 6 or 0 for all regions), press the Pause button again
and switch the player off, count to ten and switch it back on again.
As a matter of interest regional coding never
had anything to do with buying ‘cheap’ DVDs, it was built into the DVD
specification on the insistence of the major Hollywood studios, which wanted to
maintain control over movie release and distribution, and as an aid for
countries or regions with censorship requirements.
Please could you send me a region hack code for
a Matsui 120?
L. Morrow, via email
This is another really easy one. On the players
front panel press and hold the Stop, Skip and Open buttons for the count of
five, a service menu appears with a Region Change option, enter your choice and
exit the menu.
recently purchased a Medion 4210 DVD player. Is there a remote control hack so
I can play region one discs on it?
this will work, press Open/Close on the remote handset to open the disc tray
now press the Setup button, enter the new region code (1 to 6 or 0 for all
regions) and to finish off press Pause, Skip Back, Skip Forward, Setup.
I've bought a home theatre package from
Sainsburys for £220. It’s a Synn
DVHT3080, which contains a Synn DVD8034 and Synn JSP200 speaker system. Can I
change the region using the handset? As
a bonus, can Macrovision be removed using the handset too?
Mark Wain, via email
The DVD player in this system is actually a
Limit DVD-8080 and the hack is to switch on, press Open/Close 8421, use the OK
button on the handset to change the region code and finish off by pressing
FERGUSON DVD 400
Can a Ferguson DVD 400 be hacked to play all
regions through the remote?
Keith Pritchard, via email
Yes it can and to get at those forbidden fruits
on the remote handset press Menu 167, select the region of your choice – 1 to 6
or Mute for region free and exit the menu. By the way, there’s a bonus hack for
this machine, to enable VCD playback, load an audio CD, and on the handset
press Menu, 1, Index, Open, 1 and it’s done.
I was given this address by a friend who told
me that you could give a code to put into my DVD player to make it multi
region. The make of my player is Orion.
Matt, via email
Right address, but your friend forgot to tell
you that including the model number of your player would have been helpful as
there are several Orion players. You might be lucky though, I believe only the
DVD-2000 is available in the UK, in which case there are two possible hacks,
depending on the firmware version, but you’ve got to promise to buy your own copy
of the mag from now on.
Assuming that you’re now a paying customer the
first one to try is the hack for the Ferguson DVD-400 (above) and if that
doesn’t work, press Menu, 9, Open/Close (the tray should stay shut), 5, Mute
and the region selection menu should appear. Make your change and press OK,
Exit. If successful ‘All’ will appear on the on-screen display.
a Proline 2500; do you know of a hack code for this model?
Mark, via email
machine that can be hacked using the Ferguson DVD 400 codes.
a Wharfedale DVD-M5, which only plays region 2 much to my dismay. I have been
thinking of selling it and buying a new multi region player but before I do I
thought I would ask your advice, just in case there’s a hack for my machine?
Coates, via email
that sale! There is a hack for the M5 and it’s dead easy, just press Setup 6283
and a service menu with the region setting will appear. After you’ve changed it
press the Setup button to save the setting.
HACK FREE ZONE
Here’s this month’s list of players that I
can’t find a hack for, I’m fairly sure the only way to get these machines to
play R1 movies is to have them chipped but I (and the player’s unfortunate
owners) am only too happy to be proved wrong. This month’s unlucky wannabees
are: Sharp’s DV7 and DV620 (Colin Cummings), Toshiba SD 110 (Uday Thakkar),
Panasonic A360 (mactitus), JVC XV-S42 (James Hough), Samsung DVD-907 (Simon
Buckingham), Sharp DV-NC55H (Mike Wilson), Sony DVP-S735 (Jon C) Sanyo 7201
(Rob Williams, JVC XV-S302 (Linda Burgiss).
PHILIPS RCE WORKAROUND
If you’ve disabled the region lock on your
Philips DVD player but are still having problems playing RCE (region code
enhancement) protected discs, try this. Load the disc then repeatedly press the
Stop button, to stop the disc loading and displaying the RCE ‘world map’ page.
Now press the T-C (time/chapter) button twice and the display should show a row
of dashes. You can now get into the disc by entering a specific time, or it may
just start if you press the Play button.
PC DRIVE SOURCE
If you thought the situation with region code
hacks for DVD players was complicated pity anyone who wants to watch R1 movies
on their PCs and laptops. Nevertheless, help is at hand and for those who know
their way around Windows and Mac OS then there are firmware ‘patches’ for most
makes and models of DVD-ROM drive. For a really comprehensive list of what’s
available have a look at the following web site: http://perso.club-internet.fr/farzeno/firmware/
and heed the warnings! They’re not kidding when they say you could turn your
drive, and even your laptop into a very expensive paperweight…
HITACHI RCE WORKAROUND
This trick seems to work quite well on chipped
Hitachi DV-P250 players. Load the troublesome region 1 RCE disc, wait for the
map to appear, press Stop and Direct Search buttons and enter Title 1, Chapter
1 and 1 second then press Play and the movie should play from the start. You
can access chapter skip and trick play functions as normal, but you won’t be
able to go into the Menu.
Ó R. Maybury 2002,