regionset allows you to check and set the region code of DVD drives.
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What the hell are region codes?
Video DVDs contain most often a region code flag indicating the geographical
region where the DVD was published (enabling the film industry to control
the distribution). There are eight region codes possible, currently six
- North America (USA and Canada)
- Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Japan
- Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea
- Latin America, Australia, New Zealand
- Former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, etc.), rest of Africa, India
On delivery, most DVD drives have no region code set. The drive firmware
allows you to change the region code, but on nearly all drives you are limited
to five (5) changes. After the fifth change, the DVD drive will stay fixed
on that code -- on some drives you can upgrade the drive firmware and have
then additional five changes, on other drives you won't be able to change
the region code any more.
There are a couple of region code free DVDs on the market, but some drives
will deny playing them without setting a region code for the drive first.
After setting the region code, the drive will refuse playing any Video DVD
(perhaps also Audio DVDs, I never had one to try out) with a different region
code than its own.
If you set a DVD drive to region code 2 (RC2), you'll only be able to play
region-code-2-DVDs from Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Japan -- the
drive will definitively not play any US or Canadian DVD, nor Austrailian or
Chinese. So if you cannot play a DVD because of the wrong region code, there
is nothing the DVD player software can do about but changing the region code
of the drive if you have any changes left.
So always be very very careful changing the region code, it could be your
last try before you're forced to buy a new drive (or play foreign DVDs
Just unpack the package then call "make". After compiling, you'll find the
binary "regionset" in the directory which you should copy to /usr/sbin
(as root, of course)
How to use the programm
You need write access to the DVD drive, either by group or by being root.
The more, there absolutely definitively and in any case *must* be a readable
Data CD or Data/Video DVD in the drive -- it does not matter if it's your
favourite Windows CD, a video or a DVD with your last backup.
By default, regionset will use /dev/dvd to find your DVD drive. You can
adjust this by entering the path to the DVD device as first command line
parameter (please absolute path!).
If everything goes well, regionset will show you the current region code of
the drive, how often it has been changed and how many changes are left.
If there are any changes left, it asks for the new region code (see table
above). After confirmation, the new region code will be set -- if you enter
the same region code as the current one of the drive or just break the
programm, regionset will just exit without setting the new code.
On successful change of the region code, you'll get a confirmation.
regioncode.c was written by Christian Wolff <email@example.com> from
Convergence and published as part of the package dvd_disc_20000215.tar.gz on
the Convergence homepage. Due to changes of the german copyright law, the
package was removed because it had some relations to CSS and copying DVDs.
There were no mirrors (at least none I could find), so I decided to pack
regionset.c and a CSS free version of the UDF functions together and
redistribute it. Oh, I added some outputs, nothing to speak of, and rated the
whole thing as version 0.1. I plan to add some command line arguments to make
regionset more scripting-friendly in later versions.
Hope you find the tool useful,
Zuletzt geändert am 01.01.1970