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I have tried searching before, but I hope things have changed in the
last few months.

Is there an external DVD (USB or Firewire powered?) which is either
Region-free, or can be hacked?

Thanks,

Mark

"Mark" <m@comparity.not.example.net> wrote in message

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>I have tried searching before, but I hope things have changed in the last
>few months.

> Is there an external DVD (USB or Firewire powered?) which is either
> Region-free, or can be hacked?

Any DVD drive can be region hacked.  Just install DVD Region Free from:

http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm

There are other products which do something similar, but the above one
allows you to copy audio CDs that have copy protection as well.  As a
further bonus if you copy DVDs (it even allows copying of CSS protected
using you normal copier), it will remove the user prohibitions.

It costs $40, but you can try it before you actually pay for it.  If you are
not interested in some of the bells and whistles, there is a 'lite' version
for $25.

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The statement "any dvd drive can be region hacked. Just install DVD
Region Free" is not true and I found out the hard way. This software, as
of today, does not work on DVD Ram drives.

--
John Doue

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"John Doue" <notw@yahoo.com> wrote in message

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I don't understand the 'as of today' bit.  It works with all of my DVD
drives (3) that support DVD-RAM.  Why should it suddenly stop working today?

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I meant exactly the opposite. AFAIK, DVD region FRee does not presently
work with DVD-Ram drive, but I of course keep hoping it will some day.

See this url: http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm
--
John Doue

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"John Doue" <notw@yahoo.com> wrote in message

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I presume that you are talking about a DVD/CD drive that supports DVD-RAM.
It would serve no purpose on a DVD-RAM only drive.  Which model are you
having trouble with?  It works perfectly with 2 LG drives (different models)
and with a Samsung.  Because of the way DVD region Free works, it should
work with any drive.  It is regularly updated, and little problems usually
get quickly swept up.

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In article <45c5d4ec$0$5743$afc38@news.optusnet.com.au>,

Mark  <m@comparity.not.example.net> wrote:
>I have tried searching before, but I hope things have changed in the
>last few months.

>Is there an external DVD (USB or Firewire powered?) which is either
>Region-free, or can be hacked?

The slimline NEC series are designed for internal use in a laptop, but
they are easily run inside those slim external USB-to-IDE boxes
specifically designed for drives of that form factor.

The recent ND-6750A (and the well-regarded and widely available
predecessor, the ND-6650A) have abundant RPC1 and riplock-disabled
modified firmware that can be flashed even through one of these external
USB cases.

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Did you by any chance check the url I indicated in my previous post? As
indicated on the corresponding page, Region Free does not work with I
quote " DVD-RAM, Matshita XX-8xxx, SW-9xxx series DVD drives, and
Torisan DRD-Uxxx series DVD drives". I happen to have a Matshita which
is not supported.

--
John Doue

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