Hello and good day!
I am an American who's now living in Europe with the US military. I have a collection of DVDs that are American region and have bought a couple European region dvds. The AAFES store sells region-free DVD players, so that is not an issue. But when I am playing them on my laptop, it says I only have so many times I can switchc back and forth between regions before it locks.
I was wondering is there a way to do an unlimited amount of changes, because it's not really fair cos I don't have a way to buy only one-style of region dvds. OR is there a way to have it set on one region and to play the other region through another program?
Thank you so much, I appreciate any help that you can give!
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Does VLC support DVDs from all regions?
This mostly depends on your DVD drive. Testing it is usually the quickest way to find out. The problem is that a lot of newer drives are RPC2 drives these days. Some of these drives don't allow raw access to the drive untill the drive firmware has done a regioncheck. VLC uses libdvdcss and it needs raw access to the DVD drive to crack the encryption key. So with those drives it is impossible to circumvent the region protection. (This goes for all software. You will need to flash your drives firmware, but sometimes there is no alternate firmware available for your drive). On other RPC2 drives that do allow raw access, it might take VLC a long time to crack the key. So just pop the disc in your drive and try it out, while you get a coffee. RPC1 drives should 'always' work regardless of the regioncode.
This is in the MAC forum? Sorry....didn't notice that till now.
RPC-2 (Regional Playback Control v2) firmware get permanently locked to the last region after 5 changes. Drives with RPC-1 firmware are not locked in hardware (but in software, also after 5 changes). Depending on the brand and model of your laptop's DVD drive, it may be possible to replace the RPC-2 firmware with RPC-1 firmware, so that the number of region changes that are still left, may be manipulated with certain software.
Originally Posted by glocherfan