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xine/region issue?

TobyEggitt
Well, the new machine seems to be largely running with minimal issues. However, I have tried to get xine/libdvdcss to do it's thing, with only partial success.

I have several DVDs that are region 1, and they work fine. However, I also have some that are region 2, and those don't want to play. I thought libdvdcss was essentially "region free" and indeed it reports some success with the key management, but also reports at least one failure. It sometimes plays some piece of a header/intro, but then fails. Sometimes it doesn't play anything before reporting failure.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Simon
 
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Re: xine/region issue?

John Andersen
On Thursday 09 November 2006 22:23, Simon Roberts wrote:
>  I thought libdvdcss was essentially "region free" and indeed it reports
> some success with the key management, but also reports at least one failure

I was always under the impression the hardware itself held the region.
You can buy drives with no region code set, but windows won't let you
work that way, but Linux will.  (Well, at least SuSE 9.3 did).

But if your drive has it s region set, your screwed.  Try swapping the
drive from your old machine in - or is this a laptop?

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Re: xine/region issue?

Joe Morris
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Simon Roberts wrote:
> Well, the new machine seems to be largely running with minimal issues. However, I have tried to get xine/libdvdcss to do it's thing, with only partial success.
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Just to make sure I am reading this correctly, this is a new computer
(laptop?).
> I have several DVDs that are region 1, and they work fine. However, I also have some that are region 2, and those don't want to play. I thought libdvdcss was essentially "region free" and indeed it reports some success with the key management, but also reports at least one failure. It sometimes plays some piece of a header/intro, but then fails. Sometimes it doesn't play anything before reporting failure.
>
>  
It sounds like your drive is region locked.  This may get sticky.  You
could:
1. Only play region 1 DVDs since the drive is region locked, or
2. Search to see if there is a firmware update for that drive to make it
region free (RPC 1), but replacing the firmware could invalidate your
warranty, maybe only on the drive, maybe the whole computer.

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