Is there a safe way to remove the limit (6?) of DVD region switching on the MacBook Pro? I'm a multi-region kind of guy and this 'feature' dives me nuts. On the interwebs I see many 'tools' that scare me...

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You can reflash the DVD drive's firmware to make it region-free,


I've used this on a Macbook Pro without any issue, but be cautious, and make triply sure you use the right firmware for your drive

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    My driver version is not listed, and I've submitted my firmware dump. Hopefully something will come of this. Sep 12, 2009 at 10:59

Try using VLC to play DVD's, I believe it ignores region (although I don't have the means to check)

  • No go...it did not work. Sep 12, 2009 at 9:51

As mentioned, using VLC should let you get around the region limitations in software.

As far as the switching goes, that is a hardware-based limitation, and no, you can not change it.

  • Just because it is hardware based does not mean it is not possible. See dbr's answer. Aug 25, 2009 at 14:37
  • Additionally, VLC cannot get around it. I've tried. Sep 12, 2009 at 9:52
  • VLC used to be able to get around it. I was able to do so with Tiger, but I can't get it to work with Leopard.
    – donut
    Oct 29, 2009 at 7:26

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