When you setup your dvd drive for the first time it will ask you what reigen you want to set.

Each time you put a dvd from a different reigen into the drive it will ask you to change again.

But you are only allowed to do this 4 times, once you've exhausted that is there any way to change it back ? Or are you now stuck - ie. not able to play dvd's from any other region ?

  • AFAIK, the last region change sticks. Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 18:17

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AFAIK, the last region change sticks, so you won't be able to play DVD from another region from then on.


This is pretty troublesome to change the region code everytime you load a different DVD. For me, I would choose to make a digital copy of all my DVD collection without region code and then load into DVD drive, it does not ask for region anymore.

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