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Region X will allow you to change the region Apple DVD Player is set to, when and only when you play a movie from a region-free DVD drive. You will also be able to modify the left changes count. That is, you will be able to change the region as often as you want. Compatible with Front Row and Apple's DVD Player.

What's New

Version 2.1:
    Now checks correctly whether you have a RPC-1 drive or not.

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • A region-free drive is required.

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ZeroS5352 Member IconReview+0
ZeroS5352
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Please someone help clarify something, and then I will try the software and leave a detailed review.

Here's what happened to me: I watch DVDs from at least three regions, so when I bought my 2011 MacBook Pro, I flashed my Optiarc drive to RPC-1 without any problems. For the last two years, that was sufficient to watch ANY DVD from ANY region for the last several years.

However, when I upgraded to OS X Mavericks, my MBP began prompting me to change the drive region before I could watch The X-Files from Mexico (region 4). I refuse to do that, so I did some digging and found this software. I hope it will let me see DVDs from other regions again.

Anyway, right now, according to DVD Info X, my drive is flashed to RPC-1, but when I install Region X, it tells me that it can't determine the region status of my drive and to proceed with caution. Will using this software allow me to change the drive region (it currently says "no region" in Region X)? And will I be able to make further changes to the drive in Mavericks without using up the limited drive region changes that are allowed?

I really need to hear from somebody before I risk locking my drive and ruining my MBP for all intents and purposes. Any and all information is very appreciated. Thanks.

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Version 2.1
Ben-Marko Member IconReview+299
Ben-Marko
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Super useful! My wife is from Thailand and when we first married I locked the drive on my MBP several times ripping her DVDs.

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Version 2.1
Ochre Member IconReview+65
Ochre
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Still works on Mountain Lion 10.8.2.

And it's just saved my sanity. There's a prevalent bug in 10.8.2 that causes DVD Player (and any other apps using the same playback framework) to crash if the drive and disc regions don't match, without giving the option to change it. RegionX saved the day. Now we just have to wait for Apple to fix yet another glaring bug…

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Version 2.1
Neilio123 Member IconReview+1
Neilio123
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Great Little App

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Version 2.0
Ttrkwcz Member IconReview+4
Ttrkwcz
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After successfully flashing my Matshita 857E ZA0E drive, I can reset the region counter in Region X 1.8 but not in 2.0. What gives?!

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Version 2.0
Jmknoble
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Same here, MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898 in a MacBook Pro 15-inch mid-2010.

I had to regress to Mac OS X 10.6.3 (which shipped with my MBP) to flash the DVD drive's firmware; neither the flasher nor DVD-Info-X v1.0.2 would talk to the DVD drive's firmware under 10.6.4 or later. Once the firmware was flashed, it remains flashed under 10.6.6. DVD-Info-X v3.0a3 shows the drive as RPC-1 (region-free). But Region X v2.0 says it's not. :-( Guess I still need to use Region X v1.8, then.

Ttrkwcz
+1

@Jmknoble: have you tried MatshiyaFlasher, available here: http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=category&id=1847 - it wirked for me on 10.6.6!

Gazzmanzx6 Member IconComment+7
Gazzmanzx6
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Region X used to work fine for me but now with the new RPC-1 check it just states I don't have a region free drive and Quit is the only option.
I have 3 DVD drives, 2 internal and 1 external. One of the internal drives is region free, the other 2 drives aren't.

Back to the previous version for me.

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Version 2.0
Gazzmanzx6
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Version 2.1 fixes the problem

Scene_kid Member IconComment+0
Scene_kid
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hey, well the Region X, when opened indicates a warning saying that, your drive would be locked... But I would like to ask what to do so, so that my drive doesn't lock...

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Version 1.8
Cdelmar Member IconComment+1
Cdelmar
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Does anyone know whether the "reset the counter" portion of the software will work on a non-flashed drive? I really don't want to flash my drive; what I liked about the version of Region X that I ran for years on my old PPC Mac was that I could simply keep using the same five "allowed" region changes indefinitely by resetting how many were still available. If I load this on my new Intel Mac, will it do the same thing?

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Version 1.8
An.onymous Member IconComment+143
An.onymous
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As I said initially, there is a warning before one starts using this app : "Zone X works only on zone free readers (RPC-1) ... otherwise the reader will be blocked".

That's a fact that anybody can verify.

The rest of garadabout's vague, confused and pretended skilled argument does not resolve the issue.

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Version 1.8
Outer
+1

OK, after following this thread I came upon this page:

< http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=46116 >

and downloaded both MatshitaMemoryDump

< http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=view&id=5742 >

and MatshitaFlasher v2.01,

< http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=category&id=1847 >

as well as the associated RPC1 file for my installed Matshita
HJ-898_HC10.

MatshitaMemoryDump dumped nothing, so far as I can tell,
and MatshitaFlasher was unable to locate or detect my drive,
failing with a message about "... selected drive = (null)".

This was on a MacBookPro6,2 under OS X 10.6.6.

These programs were run under both an admin and a non-admin
account. I'm guessing 10.6.6 has broken (fixed?) something.

outer

An.onymous Member IconReview+143
An.onymous
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There is an absurd warning before one starts using this app : "Zone X works only on zone free readers (RPC-1) ... otherwise the reader will be blocked".
What is the use of an application that removes zone dependene only on zone free readers ????????????????????????????

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Version 1.8
Penguissimo
+7

The point is that once a drive has been flashed with region-free firmware, you then need software to actually change the region of the drive…for example, if a disc will not play on a drive set to "Region Free", then this program can be used to set the drive to the region of that disc. It does what it does quite well and with a simple interface, but please don't confuse this function with the actual flashing of a drive with region-free firmware.

An.onymous
+1

Thank you for clarifying my statement GHLBTSK.
To sum :
- "Region Free" drives are not region free
- It is much easier to rip the movies into region-free movies (whatever the drive's so-called "freedom") than to bother having so-called "free" drives plus a software to make free drives work freely.

Ochre
+4

@AN.ONYMOUS: Here's your mistake:
"What is the use of an application that removes zone dependene only on zone free readers ?"
That's not what this software does. As it says in the description:
"Region X will allow you to change the region Apple DVD Player is set to [and] you will also be able to modify the left changes count."
It doesn't remove Zone Dependence---that's what RPC-1 firmware flashing does. It's a subtle difference, but an important one. It's a complicated subject and I don't claim to understand it fully (though I did read something somewhere that clarified the whole thing). Suffice to say it's all down to the film industry's continuing attempts to control DVD distribution.
EDIT: Here's a helpful link to explain the situation:
http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=239

An.onymous
+3

To sum :

1. Do not buy a zone-free reader to overcome the zone limitation of a Mac. It won't work because the Mac has a chip that will keep requiring to respect the zone it is assigned to

2. Do not buy this Region X, because it ONLY WORKS ON ZONE FREE READERS, a machine you would never have bought for the reason explained in point 1.

Ochre
+4

*sigh* Chances are An.Onymous (probably a troll, to be fair) will respond poorly to this reply also, but I'd like to assure anyone who's unsure: using your Mac's drive as a multi-region DVD player is possible and, once properly implemented, simple. Frankly, ignore An.Onymous's summations---he doesn't seem to have the expertise or the knowledge necessary to make them.

1) There's no evidence to suggest buying an RPC-1 drive for your Mac will not allow you to watch DVDs from more than one region. If anything, Region X's existence strongly suggests the opposite---the second-layer of region protection is implemented in software, not a chip.
2) Region X is free.

Also, I accidentally gave An.Onymous's post a smile instead of a frown, so ignore his post's +1 rating. This is my last reply to this thread, simply to avoid being dragged down by a possible troll.

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