I purchased a used Blu-Ray Combo optical drive from eBay (Sony Optiarc BC-5500A PATA). It was originally from an Acer Aspire 6920G 812G32Bn notebook that had been salvaged for parts. I have added this to a HTPC with the hope of playing blu-ray movies. Installed Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, which tells me that there are zero more times to select for Region (world region for viewing disks ... A, B, or C). I assume that either the previous user changed the Region setting 5 times and used up this option, or that somehow, by installing the BC-5500A on a different system this caused the firmware to default to zero options for changing Region.
I know nothing about firmware of optical drives, but I'm seeking advice. I found the firmware download for non-OEM BC-5500Ahttp://www.sony-optiarc.eu/supportservi ... 5500a.html
But this warns not to flash an OEM drive.
I'm guessing I'll need the firmware from Acer so that I can reset the Region settings, but my previous experience with Acer support has been very disappointing. I'm sure they will give me nothing since I don't have the original notebooks serial number.
Have I bought a useless optical drive that is now only good for a paperweight, or is there a way to reset the Region settings?
Hope someone out there can help.