By nhiep_nguyen ·
I recently bought DVDs in South East Asia, and find that while I could play the discs on a living room DVD player but not on my computers.
The Discs are not even recognized in the drives by Windows Explorer.
I would like to know whether this is normal, if not I would return the Discs for a refund, because I bought them mainly for watching on my laptop when away from home.
Also is there a way to solve the issue.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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Region codes.

by seanferd In reply to DVD

Windows is more restrictive with DRM than DVD players, sometimes. Note that when you can change your region, frequently this is limited to a certain number of changes.

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Region Codes

by nhiep_nguyen In reply to Region codes.

I know about the region issue. My computers have DVDIdlePro that makes them read DVD without the region restriction.
As said I can read the first two discs without problems.

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by ameack In reply to DVD

I had similar issue and I ran out by changing Region settings on my XP Machine
Then I installed thid DVD region free and it runs fine.
I dont have to worry about changing Region everytime i get another ZONE DVD.

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This is because DVD and now Blue Ray

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to DVD

Have what are called Region Codes to prevent their use in other parts of the world.

This is supposed to prevent cheap copies bought in Asia from working in other regions where the cost of the Disc is greater.

You can change the Region Code on the DVD Player a limited number of times before the Drive gets locked to 1 region or use something like one of the many Region Free like Utilities the one here

Or you can just copy the Disc and remove the Region Codes so that you can play the copy on most DVD Players.


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You have to be **** about discs

by santeewelding In reply to This is because DVD and n ...

In order to do that...which, I guess, many are.

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No not really

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to You have to be anal about ...

I have young Nephews who destroy Disc's so I always make a copy and let them wreck the copy.

Of course it doesn't do the Player any good at all when they coat the DVD with Peanut Butter and then insert it into the drive. They are not quite that bad but they also never clean their hands before handling DVDs so it's just easier to let them wreck the copies. Not to mention lots cheaper.

OH BTW this is my exercise Bike

One or two modifications but the one I really like is what they call a Poo-Poo Pipe. Supposed to give another 10% increase in Power. So with all that extra Power I fitted a smaller rear sprocket down to 36 Tooth from 44 so I can go faster.


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DVD Region Free

by nhiep_nguyen In reply to This is because DVD and n ...

I have region free apps on my computers.
The whole question is how to copy the discs since they are not recognized on the computers' drives.

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Well start off by looking at the Data Face of the Disc

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to DVD Region Free

If they are Gold or a Silver Color the Drive should read them. However some Blue Faces can not be read by some DVD Drives.

But other than Dye Lots not being suitable the most obvious is that the Region Code has been overused and locked the Drive from reading those Region Disc's.

If other Disc's work in that drive and Generally Speaking if a DVD Reader can read a Disc then a Computer should be able to read it unless Disc's are left in the Computers Drive for long periods of time in which case the LED that Generates the Laser Beams to read the Disc loose intensity and you then need to replace the computer drive. Just remember here that CD's and DVD's use a different Color LED to generate the Light so it's perfectly possible that one type of Disc can be read while the other type can not.

But if it's related the the Region Codes that have been locked the only real answer is to reload/Rebuild the system.


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by nhiep_nguyen In reply to Well start off by looking ...

Thank you for your input.
I just want to say that I have not changed the region code of any of my drives (4 in three computers). My DVDIdle Pro app takes care of that and I have consistently read lot of DVDs from various regions.
The Dye is silver color.
Of the same story that spans on 19 discs, I can read the first two on any of my computers or on the living room DVD Player while from the 3rd on none is recognized on any of the drives while play fine on the DVD Player? Could it be a DVD protection scheme that aims solely the drives and not the players? If yes how this can be done? I mean on which parameters they achieve the feat?
Also the LEDs of the drives are working with all other DVDs.

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by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to DVD

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