Cannot change region code for DVD drive.

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Cannot change region code for DVD drive.
Jim Hillier
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March 2, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I have two Pioneer DVD/CD ROM drives installed, identical models (DVR-215). Not sure when this happened or what caused it:-

I noticed my number one drive was not auto starting a DVD when inserted. Went to [b:aucnzit2]Properties>DVD Region[/b:aucnzit2] (tab) and saw it was set to Region 2 (should be Region 4). No idea how it changed all by itself?

It is showing 4 changes left, so I select the new region (4) and click [b:aucnzit2]OK[/b:aucnzit2], then click [b:aucnzit2]OK [/b:aucnzit2]again to confirm and I get this error message:
[attachment=0:aucnzit2]DVD Region error.png[/attachment:aucnzit2]

So I obey orders (as always) and insert a Region 4 DVD, wait until it has finished reading and then try again.....same result.
[i:aucnzit2](NOTE: Drive number two is fine with all correct settings retained)[/i:aucnzit2].

Plenty of reports of this issue around the net but, as usual, zero solutions...not any good/helpful ideas either.

Please do not tell me to install VLC, I already have that installed and know how to 'get around' this issue, what I am looking for is a reason why and a proper fix?

Another Win7 bug maybe??


Chad Johnson
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March 3, 2011 - 10:44 am

why are you using a DVD player you should use VLC!??!? Ha ha.

Honestly, I've never seen this error before. I've never really messed with regions on my DVD devices either. So my help won't be much.
I would suggest the basic troubleshooting though (which I'm sure you've already done):

Remove the DVD device from Device Manager and Reboot. Let Plug and Pray find it and reinstall.
Reseat the DVD Drive (unplug the cables, plug them back in).

Maybe Dave knows? Dave knows all after all.

Jim Hillier
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March 3, 2011 - 3:24 pm

Hey Zig - Thanks for replying mate.

[quote:2qod0ycf]Plug and Pray[/quote:2qod0ycf]
LOL....I like it!!!!

Yep, done all that mate.

It's a strange one. I set AutoPlay to "Play DVD using VLC" but still nothing happens. Also, whenever I put a disc in that drive, it plonks a shortcut icon on the desktop. If I double click on that desktop icon the DVD plays but with WMP????

Seems this one has a mind of its own.

Thanks again mate,

David Hartsock
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March 4, 2011 - 7:05 am

Jim, I'm gonna be out for a couple days, but give this a try...

I assume that both drives are SATA, so swap cables. This should tell you whether it is a drive problem or a Windows problem and you can go from there.

Jim Hillier
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March 4, 2011 - 7:31 am

Have a safe trip mate!!

Good idea, I'll try that and report back with the results.....should be ready for you when you return.

It's no biggee, I can easily work around it BUT I just hate not knowing the whys and wherefores.


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