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  1. #1
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    Problems with regionset tool

    Hi,
    I'm trying to use regionset to change from region 1 to region 2 and have one change remaining. When I type 'regionset' into Terminal with a valid (region 2) DVD in the drive I am given the option to change and I select region 2. It then asks me to verify the new mask. If I say no then I get no further options but if I say yes I get an error message and I don't know why.
    This is all the info I have-


    becca@becca-laptop:~$ regionset
    regionset version 0.1 -- reads/sets region code on DVD drives
    Current Region Code settings:
    RPC Phase: II
    type: LAST CHANCE
    vendor resets available: 4
    user controlled changes resets available: 1
    drive plays discs from region(s): 1, mask=0xFE

    Would you like to change the region setting of your drive? [y/n]:y
    Enter the new region number for your drive [1..8]:2
    New mask: 0xFFFFFFFD, correct? [y/n]:y
    ERROR: Region code could not be set!


    Or if I tell it that the new mask is incorrect I end up with this instead-


    becca@becca-laptop:~$ regionset
    regionset version 0.1 -- reads/sets region code on DVD drives
    Current Region Code settings:
    RPC Phase: II
    type: LAST CHANCE
    vendor resets available: 4
    user controlled changes resets available: 1
    drive plays discs from region(s): 1, mask=0xFE

    Would you like to change the region setting of your drive? [y/n]:y
    Enter the new region number for your drive [1..8]:2
    New mask: 0xFFFFFFFD, correct? [y/n]:n
    becca@becca-laptop:~$


    Is there any way of changing the region?

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    Oh and I forgot to say I get the same problem with sudo prefixed to the regionset command... sorry for the double post and being such a newbie!

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    You do realize that after this your drive will be locked at region 2 and without a vendor reset will stay that way for good. The chances of getting a vendor reset range from slim to none, and if you have a mashitu drive then you'll only be able play region 2 dvds from now on.
    Why don't you run sudo lshw -C disk and post the drive model and if still inclined i'll suggest a way that may make that last reset.

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    I get the following -


    becca@becca-laptop:~$ sudo lshw -C
    Hardware Lister (lshw) - B.02.12.01
    usage: lshw [-format] [-options ...]
    lshw -version

    -version print program version (B.02.12.01)

    format can be
    -html output hardware tree as HTML
    -xml output hardware tree as XML
    -short output hardware paths
    -businfo output bus information

    options can be
    -class CLASS only show a certain class of hardware
    -C CLASS same as '-class CLASS'
    -disable TEST disable a test (like pci, isapnp, cpuid, etc. )
    -enable TEST enable a test (like pci, isapnp, cpuid, etc. )
    -quiet don't display status
    -sanitize sanitize output (remove sensitive information like serial numbers, etc.)



    I'm OK with only being able to play region 2 DVD's but thank you for the warning!

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    should have coded it , sorry
    Code:
    sudo lshw -C disk

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    Here's the output from that -

    becca@becca-laptop:~$ sudo lshw -C disk
    [sudo] password for becca:
    *-disk
    description: ATA Disk
    product: Hitachi HTS54161
    vendor: Hitachi
    physical id: 0
    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/sda
    version: SBDO
    serial: SB3D04E5JW4Y6E
    size: 111GiB (120GB)
    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=e249fa65
    *-cdrom
    description: DVD-RAM writer
    product: DVD-RAM UJ-850S
    vendor: MATSHITA
    physical id: 1
    bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
    logical name: /dev/cdrom
    logical name: /dev/dvd
    logical name: /dev/scd0
    logical name: /dev/sr0
    version: 1.10
    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=open
    becca@becca-laptop:~$



    It also briefly showed PCI (sysfs)
    And I can't believe I was so stupid the first time!

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    This may work, mashitu drives lock disk access when there's a region mismatch. Try putting either a region 1 dvd or a cd (of any type with data on it) in the drive and then running regionset. I've never run the count down so I'm not sure and the only mashitu drive I have I live with fact it only plays and reads from the set region.
    If it doesn't work and I come across info on how to force the last change on mashitu I'll post back.

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    I get the same thing with a CD-R containing .jpg files and a Region 1 DVD (the region it's currently set to) both with the DVD playing and not playing.
    This could be a challange I'll have a look online to see what other movie players are compatible with Ubuntu... I'm sure I read somewhere that some freeware will play DVDs regardless of region but of course I could be wrong.

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    @rc54in case you ck. back
    I'm sure I read somewhere that some freeware will play DVDs regardless of region
    That's absolutely true, most open source players are unaffected by region code mismatches except when certain structure protections are also present on title.
    The problem is that most matshita drives of recent years enforce RPC 2 beyond what's required, when a disk from another region is inserted the drive allows no access to encrypted sectors at all. No playback, ripping or reading. Basically case closed. The only exception atm for these drives (yours included) is on some mac laptops the drive can be flashed to RPC 1 (unlimited resets)
    The only other choice is replace the drive or have a vendor reset done by manufacturer - unlikely they'll do it anyway

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    Re: Problems with regionset tool

    I've sorted this by using a different Region 2 disk but I don't know why it wouldn't accept the first one... so I won't mark it as solved.
    Thanks for the help!

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