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What can be done with region locked DVD Players?

First, make a note that if your drive is region locked, the region code within the decoders is insignificant as the DVD data won't even be read off the drive in the first place.

With that in mind, there are two types of decoders, software (software-only) and hardware (decoder cards).

Not all decoders can be made region free with ease. Some rely on the Windows 98 region code, which in itself is unique to the specific DVD Drive you are using (and thus can not be shared or modified directly). In those cases you will need to save/export the windows region code, let windows change it's region and then restore the exported code to return to the original region code when needed.

Certain hardware decoders store their region code on the card itself, and to bypass this protection you need hacked drivers, or a program to intercept the region queries.

And lastly, certain software decoders keep their region code hidden within the system registry, but with the right tools you can quickly bypass this.

Here is a list of programs and what can be done about their regional controls:

ATI Player v1.2 - 3.2:
The ATI Player uses the Cinemaster 98/99 engine (see CineMaster).

ATI Player v4+:
The ATI Player uses the Cinemaster 2000 engine (see CineMaster 2000).

Cinemaster 98/99 (Also ATI,DELL,ELSA,Gateway,Matrox):
The Cinemaster region controls can be bypassed using DVD Genie.

Cinemaster 2000 (Also ATI):
The Cinemaster 2000 engine uses the Windows region code which can be imported/exported using DVD Genie.

Creative Labs DXR2:
This decoder card can be have it's regional controls bypassed using a special loader called "Remote Selector" which can be found Here.

Creative Labs DXR3:
This decoder card can be have it's regional controls bypassed using a special loader called "Remote Selector" which can be found Here.

DVD Express:
DVD Express uses both the Windows region code and it's own special DLL, which differs with each region. It is not recommended to use this player.

Jammin DVD:
The Jammin DVD region controls can be bypassed using DVD Genie.

PowerDVD:
The PowerDVD region controls can be bypassed using DVD Genie.

SoftDVD:
Similar to DVD Express, SoftDVD has it's own region-specific DLL and possibly uses the Windows region code. It is not recommended to use this player. Certain versions of SoftDVD can be bypassed using DVD Genie, though most aren't.

SigmaDesigns Hollywood-Plus:
To bypass the Hollywood-Plus region code you need Universal Selector.

VaroDVD:
Certain versions of VaroDVD may have their region controls bypassed by using DVD Genie.

WinDVD (Also AsusDVD):
The WinDVD region controls can be bypassed using DVD Genie.

XingDVD:
The XingDVD Player uses both the Windows region code and it's own code. However XingDVD was discontinued due to legal issues and it's not really very stable on newer versions of Windows. You can change it's own code using DVD Genie, but you will still have to tackle the Windows code, and Xing may look for an older windows code, which is part of it's instability. Not recommended.


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