I recently imported a pair of Invision Slim Line SL7 headrest DVD players from the US to the UK and am trying to make them Region 2 or Region Free. I couldn't find anything in the DVD Hack List for these players, so tried a couple of the more common ones.
By luck, I found that entering 1-3-7-9 in the Setup>General menu popped a hidden menu with versions etc where the Region setting is also displayed, highlighted in green (1st pic)
I also found that entering 1-3-7-9 on the Setup>Preferences menu popped up another menu showing just the Region Code in a grey box (2nd pic)
On either screen, no matter what I press on the remote control, I'm not able to change the region code. I would guess this firmware/OS is used in lots of portable DVD players, so I was hoping someone in this forum might be able to give me some pointers on what to try next... Any suggestions??
(I've already tried entering 2-9-6-0 on the Setup>Exit menu but that doesn't do anything!)
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I wish you luck as you've already gotten farther than I would guessed but you need to consider the very real possibility that this will never be unlocked.
1) Speciality players, including DVD/VCR combos, TV/DVD combos, portables, and car players have always been almost impossible to unlock under the best of circumstances and today is no longer the best of circumstances for anything sold in the USA.
2) Most USA/Canada sold DVD players are incapable of doing anything constructive with PAL video. So it would not surprise me at all even if you are somehow able to unlock it (which I still think is unlikely) that you will find that it is unable to play any PAL DVDs. I'm sorry but the harsh reality is what we tell you UK guys over and over again when you buy electronics from the USA and post here asking how to unlock it - you probably wasted your money. There's no push for region free stuff over here because 99% of consumers are both uninterested in "foreign" video formats (ie. PAL) and unaware that there even are differences. Plus, US manufacturers have just assumed for years that "nobody wants to play DVDs from other regions". Add to that the fact that Hollywood puts enormous pressure on all manufacturers to not make any region free players available in the USA and Canada and you are facing some long odds on this task.
Thanks for the reply jman98 !
I've been able to play PAL DVDs in these units without any problem - they can be set to either PAL, NTSC or 'Auto'. This makes me think that the units are not just sold in the US and therefore should be able to have their region code changed. Also, in the first pic it shows "VID = Lite-On", who manufacture DVD drives and players sold around the world.
I'm still hopeful I'll be able to get these players recoded, and avoid having to make backups of my DVDs!
Should != Can
Well, the fact that it can play PAL is rather remarkable. Still, don't hold your breath on changing that region code.
Did you get any further? I have the same problem.
We bought an Ford Explorer and our car has Invision Revolution IIG dvd players in the headrests. Naturally Region 1. I am also trying to get the information on how to set them to Region 2 or Region = (plays both regions)
The reason behind the Regions is the fact that in the past (now not any more!!!- so there is no reason for these regions anymore) was that films were released in the US 6 to 9 months before they were released in Europe. To avoid that people in Europe would buy the already in the US available dvds of new films before they were released in the cinemas in Europe was the reason behind these region codes.
Now films are in cinemas in US and Europa at the same time, so the grounds for regions are not there any more.
Then for us there is even an other reason: We now have the capability of playing region 1 in Europe, what was not wanted.
so what is the ground for a manufacturer to not assist us here to give us the codes and how to change the region.
Now I connect a European DVD player to the Invision player in the car and then the film can be seen though the Invision players in the car.
Not really convenient. But it shows the players do show PAL, Also it says in the manual VIDEO DISPLAY SYSTEM : NTSC / PAL
So you are right the are capable of playing PAL (For Europe the importer seems to be in Germany - have not found out who they are yet).
WhenI find out how to change the region I will directly inform you, hope you will do the same for me.
Thanks for the reply, ExplorerEurope.
I still haven't been able to change the region code on these players yet, but if I ever do figure it out I'll be sure to let you know! Do your screen menus look the same as mine in the pics above? If not, there's no guarantee that a fix for mine will be the same for yours....
Anyway, it's kind of ugly but you do always have the option to rip your region 2 DVDs and reburn them (shrinking them down to single layer size before burning if you need to or want to). Ripping will make them region free. If you don't have to do it a lot it might be manageable to do this from time to time just burning to DVD+/-RW discs and using those when you're in the car.
Make the following:
turn on the dvd
With the screen showing (monitor A or B)
Set via remote control:
Press 77 Play
scroll to your region code (from 1 to 6)
Repeat the steps for the second screen if necessary
Hi maxedge - thanks for the post and the PMs.
I've tried the steps you suggested above, but nothing happens after entering 7 > 7 > Play > Enter on the remote control so I am unable to scroll to a region code or anything.... Can you confirm this is what I should be doing, and on exactly which screen?
I sent you a e-mail.
Is it possible you can send me instructions via email, as I'm having the same problem as matho...
Unfortunately maxedge's instructions above only seem to work on the Invision Revolution model, not on Invision Slim Line SL7. We are trying some other routes to find out how to do this, but if anyone else already has the answer then please post below!
I'm still trying to get more info for you. I haven't forgotten! I called to the authorized seller in the U.S. and he told me that they don't sell your dvd model. I'd like to post the picture I took of the screen that appears after the procedure that I gave you. May it give you some clue. How can I upload it?
I don't believe that the procedure for unlocking your DVD be very different from mine. May be we can try the same sequence with another numbers. My God! So near so far. Unbelievable!
Sorry but you are wrong. I bought my invision at Ford dealer in U.S and they gave me the whole procedure for unlock my Invision Revolution. I was just trying to help Matho but unfortunately we found out that there are differents unlock procedures for differents Invision models
Last edited by maxedge; 8th Nov 2012 at 12:35.
This is the screen that I found after the unlock procedure. I'm still trying to get more info for you. I haven't forgotten!
Hi Max edge.. Im trying to watch region 1 videos on my region 4 system here in Mexico.. I tried the 77/play/Enter but nothing happens... could you send me instruction you emails to other readers in the past?