Sunday, 4 April 2010

Globalisation - My DVDs Bought In The US Won't Play

Aaarrrgghhh I bought DVDs in the US but back in Europe noticed I can't play them, not even on my PC as the region code differs. Can I change the region code of the DVD drive on my PC?

The short answer is: yes. But don't do that unless you only need the PC to play DVDs coming from one specific region. You see, the number of times you can change a drive's region code is limited, usually to 3 to 5 times, and then it sticks, done, finito, you can't change it anymore.

If you look around on the web you might find firmware (the software that operates a piece of hardware, your DVD drive in this case) that has been altered to make the drive region-free. However, there is an associated risk: such firmware will not have been created by the drive's manufacturer and may lead to more severe problems, like killing your drive.

If you don't mind spending a buck - you already spent some on DVDs anyway - you might consider Slysoft's AnyDVD software. You can download a 21-day trial version from their site - check it out.

AnyDVD runs in the background and you don't even notice it unless you want to (and tell it so). It works like a charm and plays any kind of DVD (okay that was pretty obvious) you feed the PC - no need for hardware changes.

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