On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 01:47:14PM +0100, Fabian Keil wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Nov 2008 13:37:26 +0100, Roland Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 12:46:03AM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> > > 
> > >   Do any of you guys know why the DVD version of HIGH NOON won't play on 
> > > my
> > >   computers?  I've tried everything I can think of.  Zero.   I watched the
> > >   *original* in the theater (I think); then have watched the tape in '98,
> > >   and the DVD just now.  I'm not that nutty to waste a DVD-R on it; I'm
> > >   just wondering my none of my players won't play it.
> > 
> > Different region? Most players are locked to a certain region, and won't
> > play disks from other regions. Although it is possible to install
> > upgraded or modified firmware that removes the region encoding, that
> > usually needs a windows program. And it can brick your player when done
> > incorrectly.
> IIRC respecting the region is only necessary for players with a
> licensed CSS implementation. If the player cracks CSS anyway,
> it usually ignores the region as well so messing with the firmware
> shouldn't be necessary.

OK, that's nice to know. All the DVDs that I have play fine with
mplayer, but they're probably all region 2 disks. So I should be able to
play region 1 disks with mplayer?

There seem to be other benefits to updating the firmware, like allowing
faster burns with selected media. There is a firmware update utility for
NEC / Optiarc burners that also works under linux. It's called binflash
[http://binflash.cdfreaks.com/]. There is no source code available, though.

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