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DVDInfo X 3 is a small utility that scans your Mac for DVD drives and displays their RPC (Region Playback Control) status. It supports multiple drives.

A RPC-1 (region free) DVD drive will play movies from any region.

A RPC-2 (region locked by the RPC Phase II scheme) DVD drive's region may be changed 5 times, then it will be locked.

Once locked, it can be reset by the manufacturer (or vendor), so you'll have 5 changes left, again. Only 4 vendor resets are allowed, then the drive will be definitely locked. It can only play movies authorized for the region it belongs to.

What's New

Version 3.0b5:
  • Corrected: now also for PPC.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+648
B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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A one trick pony but a neat trick it is. I had no idea what the region settings are on the internal Sony DVD drives in my Mac Pro. RPC 1, region free, plays movies from all regions. Good news. :-)

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Version 3.0a3
Xvi (Developer)
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Good news for you. Don't forget you will the need Region X for switching the (now OS enforced) region settings of Apple DVD Player.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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And there's the rub. DVD Info X reports my two Sony DVD drives as RPC 1, region free. But Region X says I have no region free drives and warns me against tampering with them. I found out, after doing some experimenting, that though DVD Info X has been updated to work with no disc in the drives, Region X has not. Once I put a disc in one of my drives, Info X shows all 8 regions checked, which is consistent with the drive being region free, but this report is different from what it shows with no disc in the drive - only region 1 checked. This can be confusing until you realize they are substantively the same. One other difference is that Info X accurately reports the number of available changes when the drive is empty, but says NA with a disc in it.

And, with a disc in the drive, Region X will show the drive with all options available, including available changes. For some reason my drives are set to only 4 changes, even though I've never changed the region on either of them. Why this is so I can only speculate, but it doesn't matter at the moment because I have no reason to change the region on the drives; and, with region free drives apparently I never will.

How all this relates to DVD player, though, I don't know. I don't mean to criticize the developer - after all he provides these apps for free. But I do recommend using them carefully.

Xvi (Developer)
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You're right, there is some issue. I am working on a correction on both DVD Info X and Region X. Thank you for reporting and for your help.

Outer
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@Xvi : it looks like "Region Display" from your page is having the same sort of problem with 10.6.6 - I burned to a CD, as instructed, but DVD Player only plays a 10-second loop consisting of the opening scene and the "... if this gets stuck ..." screen, over and over, with no Good/Bad region screens. Yes, I am using what DVD Info X 3 claims is an RPC-1 drive.

Xvi (Developer)
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Outer: no need to burn it to a CD, just double click on the .iso file. But then, Region Display is a pure DVD. If your DVD player is standard, it should work. Anyway, contact me by mail if needed.

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Anonymous
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Working Fine on Tiger / Panther.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE:

http://homepage.mac.com/jibee/macetvideo/DVD_Info_X_1.0.2.zip

(From Mac And Video)

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Version 1.0.2
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Anonymous
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I've tried several times to download DVD Info X 1.0.2 but it is not possible. I either get the message "server not found.." (on the Mac) and "page cannot be found.." (on the PC0. Any ideas why? Where else can i find it?

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Version 1.0.2
pauldefty Member IconComment+0
pauldefty
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l got Lacie DVD so how can l back region 2 ?

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Version 1.0.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Yep, definitely something else going on here... Uses full CPU% until quit. Otherwise seems to work ok.

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Version 1.0.2
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Anonymous
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when starting up the program mu cpu meter goes to 100% and stays ther until the proggy is closed...

something is wrong...
but otherwise it works...

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Version 1.0.2
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Downloads 75,430
Version Downloads 17,518
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 Feb 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free
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