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limepile
27-10-2009, 07:51 PM
We have quite a few dvds purchased in NZ but which are not region 4.

There is currently no app to keep the dvd drive from locking on the last region played, that we can find.

We used DVD43 under XP, and thought we'd try to run it in XP mode in Win7 64 bit.

No luck.

Any ideas ? Any great apps out there to help us watch legally .

wainuitech
27-10-2009, 08:00 PM
Whats make and model is the DVD drive ? there are places that you can get firm ware upgrades, that remove the region locking. BUT its always a bit of a gamble, if the firmware fails you have a very nice door stop. Interesting read (http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/rpc1.htm) - and of course its not breaking any copy right laws, as you are not making a copy of any DVD.

limepile
27-10-2009, 08:13 PM
Can't find anything on the net, but its an Asus M51sn, pretty much a generic drive.

gary67
27-10-2009, 08:16 PM
I have played dozens of movies from all regions using VLC and have never had a drive lock up on me

limepile
27-10-2009, 08:20 PM
Wife has an awful time playing thru VLC, were I have had no issues.

wainuitech
27-10-2009, 08:21 PM
Make VLC the default player for DVD's then away it goes :)

Speedy Gonzales
27-10-2009, 08:30 PM
DVD x player would probably play it, but its not free.

Blam
27-10-2009, 08:41 PM
Have you checked if DVD43 works natively in W7?

It works in Vista..

limepile
27-10-2009, 08:43 PM
Yeah, its not 64 bit compatible.

Or is there a way to run it that I'm not aware of ?

Blam
27-10-2009, 08:55 PM
Yeah, its not 64 bit compatible.

Or is there a way to run it that I'm not aware of ?

Even when you run XP mode XP is still in 64bit unfortunately:(

Don't think there are any free ones that work in x64..

gary67
27-10-2009, 09:05 PM
I'm using VLC in Win 7 64bit but not in XP mode as I have home premium

nmercer
28-10-2009, 08:51 AM
Even when you run XP mode XP is still in 64bit unfortunately:(

Don't think there are any free ones that work in x64..

XP mode runs 32bit Windows XP not 64 bit

There are 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows Virtual PC that run on top of Windows 7, but Windows Virtual PC runs 32bit guests

XP Mode is 32bit

Windows XP 64bit was a very niche product, actually built on top of Windows Server 2003 not a 64bit bit Windows Client product that came out at the same time as the 32bit versions ala Windows Vista and Windows 7

Blam
28-10-2009, 09:13 AM
XP mode runs 32bit Windows XP not 64 bit

There are 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows Virtual PC that run on top of Windows 7, but Windows Virtual PC runs 32bit guests

XP Mode is 32bit

Windows XP 64bit was a very niche product, actually built on top of Windows Server 2003 not a 64bit bit Windows Client product that came out at the same time as the 32bit versions ala Windows Vista and Windows 7

Ok, then what is the reason that even XP Mode 32bit cannot run 16bit?

I'm curious as to the diferences...:)

Chilling_Silence
28-10-2009, 11:05 AM
http://www.dvdidle.com/dvd-region-free.htm

Use that, it costs, but it's brilliant! :)

Agent_24
28-10-2009, 11:29 AM
Flashing your DVD drive with region-free firmware will be the best option.

Then it matters not which OS you are running or what DVD you are playing, and you don't have to pay for any extra programs

Are you sure the drive is Asus M51SN? That's a laptop apparently, not a DVD drive...

nmercer
28-10-2009, 04:20 PM
Ok, then what is the reason that even XP Mode 32bit cannot run 16bit?

I'm curious as to the diferences...:)

XP Mode can run 16 bit apps, 64 bit OS can't run 16 bit apps

i.e. I have an old DOS app from 1979 runnng on my Windows 7 x64 bit machine right now through XP Mode, that app won't run on Windows 7 x64 natively

x64 can run 32 bit apps through WoW Windows on Windows layer but not 16 bit apps.

Chilling_Silence
28-10-2009, 04:46 PM
That said, Dosbox works a treat, even on 64-bit Win7.

However I've got a few other apps that won't run in DosBox (16-bit apps) that DO run under XP-Mode :)

It's a great feature for all that legacy crap you just sometimes can't get away from ... !

Blam
28-10-2009, 08:16 PM
XP Mode can run 16 bit apps, 64 bit OS can't run 16 bit apps

i.e. I have an old DOS app from 1979 runnng on my Windows 7 x64 bit machine right now through XP Mode, that app won't run on Windows 7 x64 natively

x64 can run 32 bit apps through WoW Windows on Windows layer but not 16 bit apps.

Yea, I meant to say "64bit" in my post:p

Thanks for the clarification, makes perfect sense now:)

KarameaDave
28-10-2009, 08:51 PM
I use Windows 98se in Virtual PC.
Takes me back to the good ol bad ol days, he he
but does the job in Vista Ultimate 64 bit.:D
but DosBox is great, even a Portable App.
http://portableapps.com/apps/games/dosbox_portable