Changing the region code of DVD-Drive

Fabian Keil freebsd-listen at
Mon Oct 17 10:21:07 PDT 2005

Garrett Cooper <youshi10 at> wrote:

> On Oct 17, 2005, at 2:19 AM, Thomas Linton wrote:
> > mplayer works (beside the sound, but this is a different problem).  
> > xine,
> > ogle and totem are not working on my box. If I boot winXP and look
> > at the properties of the DVD Drive it says region code 0. Up to now
> > I didn't change the region code, because you can only change it 5
> > times.
> >
> > I was just wondering, if there is a tool available under freeBSD to
> > change the region code of a DVD Drive or at least a tool which  
> > gives you
> > the current region code of the drive.
> >
> > Is it necessary for xine, ogle, and totem to have a region code set?

>      Sorry, but you exceeded the max number of DVD region changes  
> hardware-wise, where you cannot change your region since it is  
> something built into the firmware and software in your OS. 

I don't think so, he just hasn't set the Region Code yet.
Region Code 0 is the factory default.

There is a region code setting program for
"Operating System: All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes)" at:

But as I use mplayer and mencoder I have never tested it.

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