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DVD/CD Rom drive plays music OK but no CD/DVD vids

By pentrex ·
My Pioneer DVD-RW DVR K17LF drive on Toshiba Satelite A215 is OK when playing Audio CDs but does not read DVDs. Diagnostics shows no errors and Harware Manager shows the drive is OK. Reinstalling(deleting the drive and rebooting) the drive did not help either. This problem happened when I changed DVD region several times. Could it be a reason for the failure? What might be a cure for the problem?

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limit to number of region changes

by oldbaritone In reply to DVD/CD Rom drive plays mu ...

I believe there is a limited number of times you can change the region of the DVD drive, then it bricks.

That's why you're supposed to set the region and leave it.

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What can be done ?

by pentrex In reply to limit to number of region ...

So, you're saying it caused the problem?

If so, is there a way to fix it?

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replacement is the only option . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to What can be done ?

as oldbaritone said the region can only be changed a few times

the usual number is 5 region changes
(you can thank the DRM crowd for that)

when the region is changed the last time allowed then the Drive is set on that region forever and no DVDs from other regions can be used in that drive again

the drive is basically scrap from the point of using it for DVDs if it's set to the wrong region for the DVDs you have

I prefer not to set the region at all, and I haven't had any problems with DVD playback on Drives where the region is not set

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I have 'heard'

by NexS In reply to replacement is the only o ...

Of an application which nullifies regions...

Not that I've used dodgy applications like that *cough*.

But I think SlySoft have an application for sale called AnyDvd.
Might help?

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NEXUS!

by santeewelding In reply to I have 'heard'

You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

(thank you)

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replacement is the only option

by pentrex In reply to replacement is the only o ...

Thanks for the reply.

Sad if replacement is the only option.

But I don't get it - what the "DVD region" is about ? Does it mean that if my DVD drive is set for the US region then I cannot use CD/DVD vids ,say , from India? Why a DVD drive needs to be set for a certain country region?

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DVD Regions . . . that info is in my post . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to replacement is the only o ...

(you can thank the DRM crowd for that)

"But I don't get it - what the "DVD region" is about ? Does it mean that if my DVD drive is set for the US region then I cannot use CD/DVD vids ,say , from India? Why a DVD drive needs to be set for a certain country region?"

it's a crap method to attempt to prevent piracy and force you to buy DVD movies from your area rather than say buy them from another region and have them shipped to your region for a fraction of the cost.

if the region is set you can't play any DVDs from another region without changing the region setting again;

here's a page that may be of some interest:
http://www.mvps.org/marksxp/WindowsXP/dvd/regions/regions.php

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You need to re-format your hdd...

And then install All of your programs etc, etc.
Though you would have to give your drive a LOW level format to remove any traces of the software that is blocking your DVD region(s).
Go here for more info:
http://www.dvdregionmaster.com/

Or go here:
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/dvd-unlock

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the DVD region is changed in the firmware . . .

by Who Am I Really In reply to You need to re-format you ...

on the optical drive itself
and has nothing to do with the OS

if the regions have been changed the maximum number of changes allowed the last region set is the only region available

formatting the HDD will not fix the region problem

there are tools that may or may not be able to reset the region count and which also may or may not completely brick the drive making it useless for anything CDs included

here's a quote from the site I posted in my last post:
http://www.mvps.org/marksxp/WindowsXP/dvd/regions/regions.php
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RPC 2 drives come normally with a 5 change limit on regions, once the counter gets to 0 your drive is permanently locked to the last region it was set to.



Even if you reformat or move the drive to another system it will still be locked to the last region.



There are ways to get around it, some models have resetting tools made by 3rd parties to reset the change limit back to 5 and some also have firmware patches to remove the region lock. Using either of these will invalidate your drives warranty and particularly the later can turn your drive into a paperweight, though if your prepaired to take that risk these can normally be located by searching on google for your dvd drive model and the word firmware.
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help desk questions tisk tisk....

by CG IT In reply to DVD/CD Rom drive plays mu ...

so this is a twofer post 2 fer questions.

first question answer: yes

second question answer: buy a new drive.

third and fourth questions: what's the odds the dude will do it again? and who's betting?

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