region code in cdrecord
chuckr at chuckr.org
Sun Apr 24 11:10:36 PDT 2005
Tim Kientzle wrote:
>>I may be completely off base here (no experience with making DVDs
>>other than as enormous CDR's for backup), but does it need to be
>>region coded at all? Even region-locked players should be able to
>>play a dvd with no region code. I think 'no region code' might
>>actually be region 0, but it amounts to the same thing.
>>IMHO there's nothing dishonest in taking whatever steps you need to
>>play a piece of legitimately purchased media.
I should have answered earlier, but I had a mail disaster (really,
caused by losing a raid volume) but I'm finally back, and miraculously
enough, no lossage, even. I only get these disaster because I play so
much with it. The mail quoting above I had to put together by hand, I
wish the archive could be prodded into resending mail, but I haven't
seen that yet.
Anyhow, I had a bunch of answers like this. They are all assuming, I
guess, that I'm a total idiot (and I think that sometimes I have given
folks reasons why, but I hope not that often). Anyhow, the disk is
(like I said, but in roundabout fashion I admit) region 2, so suggesting
that I ignore the region is silly, it's there already. My dvd (and that
of my friend's, I tested) both immediately choke on trying to play this
disk, they don't even open a menu. I need to change that encoded region
value from 2 to 1. Having software here that coded, say, a null value
(if that's possible) would be ok, it's not what's happening today, the
copy I made says region==2. That's why my dvd player says anyhow, I
don't know where to look at the source files to figure it out.
There was one suggestion that I go find out how to change my player. I
guess that's a possibility, but I would really far, far rather produce a
disk that has region==1 encoded onto it, than break my player by telling
it that I'm in region 2 everytime I want to play that disk.
k3b is just great at copying the disk. I understand that k3b really
uses either cdrecord or cdrdao to burn the disk, so if I could convince
the disk that I am region 1, I would be in fat city. I spent quite a
long time reading the docs on cdrecord and cdrdao, and although I didn't
learn enough, I learned more than I started with, like there is a config
file named /usr/local/etc/cdrecord (and *.sample, a duplicate, for
me)but of all the variables defined there, of the form CDR_<varname>, I
didn't find anything really convenient like CDR_REGION. I figure that
the right words in that file would likely do the job. I went into the
source code of cdrecord, but didn't find anything that looked really
likely to work. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist, maybe I just didn't look
I think that my two dvd records (one a Sony, it's really only a player)
the other is a HP420i, and it's definitely a recorder, but I bet that
the region is actually encoded right there in the hardware somehow.
Maybe I need to hunt the HP website and find it?
If anyone has any more info, they'be be welcome. Forget the really easy
notions, I'm dumb, but not that dumb.
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