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I have a combined DVD / HD-DVD / Blu-ray drive on my machine (yeah, I'm very much the big man) which is all great and everything.

However, I've got quite a few region 1 DVDs that it won't play. I know I can switch my drive's region but this is limited to 5 times only.

Is there a way I can make the drive permanently multi-region or lift this limit, the same way you can with most DVD players?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

If you don't live in the 'land of the free' you can also install DVD43 which decrypts DVDs in the background and shows them to the player as region free.

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That's great thank you, will give it a go. – jammus Jul 17 '09 at 8:38
Remember that when you play a DVD that you have bought legally on a computer you own - you are talking Learjets from the mouths of poor starving artists. – Martin Beckett Jul 18 '09 at 2:45
LOL @mgb. Upvoted. s/talking/taking/ – Alexander Burke Mar 21 '10 at 6:18

AnyDVD HD can strip the region codes from (most?) HD and Blu-Ray disks. I do not believe either DVD43 or VLC will do that, I think they only work on DVDs.

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Most drives will not let you do this - but you should be able to use a program like VLC to get around the regions in software.

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