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 it 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 degredgation to the picture is to replay the disc as-is in
NTSC, but this depends on the TV the player is connected to being able to
handle a ‘raw’ NTSC signal. Method two, which is bar far thee 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, but with PAL colour
information, this is known as PAL 60, and it relies 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 NTSC format motion is unaffected, however, in
the third method, where the player converts the NTSC signal into PAL the
difference in the number of lines 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’re more
aware of it when you’re looking for other picture defects. Unfortunately
there’s nothing you can do about that, apart from getting 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. disc is R2, 189 mins (about half of the series
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 ‘V’ was actually a fiver-parter, you have
parts one and two, which were the original series, 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 Wharfdale 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 peoples 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 a
dodgy 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 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
There is indeed, 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.
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 pres 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.
I've bought a home theatre package from
Sainsbury's 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
FERGUSON DVD 400
Can a ferguson dvd 400 be hacked to play all
regions through the remote?
Keith Pritchard, via email
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 (ie, getting cheap DVD's from the internet!).
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 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
regional. the make of my player
SHARP DV620 & SHARP DV7
I would be very grateful,if you could send me a
code to make,
these models into multi region: 40
colin cummings, via email
TOSHIBA SD 11
I have just bought a Toshiba SD 110E, with a no
knowledge of restrictions, I now realise I can't play Region 1 discs. Can you
tell me how I can play Region 1 discs?
I bought your magazine (June 2002) and got all
excited when I saw on the cover about conversions to region one. When I got
home and read it, my machine wasn't listed. I have a Panasonic A360EB-K, is
there any chance you have a hack for it?
Mactitus, via email
I read JVC model XV-S42your article on crack
codes in issue 37 of what DVD. but I nosiest that you did not have any cracks
for JVC in particular the JVC model XV-S42. I was wondering if you could send
me the codes or a web site I could get it from, if you now of any?
I have a Samsung DVD-907, which a friend gave
to me whilst I was in America. It is a US machine. I am now living in London
and would like to be able to play European disks to a PAL TV. Is it possible to
hack this machine? I saw your reply to a letter on the Samsung DVD-M105, but
this machine has a rocker switch for Play/Stop so doesn't work.
Simon Buckingham, via email
I wonder could you help me please. I am trying to
find out if the type of DVD
that I have got can be converted to play all
regions by code or has it got to
Paul, via email
I bought this DVD/VCR combi for reasons of
space. Do you know if there are any
ways of making it multi region? I seem to be able to pull up a screen of
regional codes but there does not seem to be any way to change them.
Mike Wilson, via email
Can you give me any hack info on the Sony
DVP-S735? I actually have the SE Asian model (DVP-S745D) but I know it's
basically the same.
Jon C, via email
( R. Maybury 2002, xx