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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
What's New
Version 3.0b5:
  • Corrected: now also for PPC.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later







  • Region X
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 27 Jan 2011
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. :-)
[Version 3.0a3]

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Xvi (developer) replied on 29 Jan 2011
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.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 29 Jan 2011
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.
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Xvi (developer) replied on 30 Jan 2011
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.
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Outer replied on 15 Feb 2011
@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.
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Xvi (developer) replied on 16 Feb 2011
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 reviewed on 10 Oct 2005
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)
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Jan 2005
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?
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Nov 2004
Yep, definitely something else going on here... Uses full CPU% until quit. Otherwise seems to work ok.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Nov 2004
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...
[Version 1.0.2]


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pauldefty had trouble on 02 Jan 2005
l got Lacie DVD so how can l back region 2 ?
[Version 1.0.2]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:24 Feb 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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