Please don't ask for help on this thread, let's keep it clean. Any posts that are not instructions or suggestions will be deleted.
Instructions in this thread:
- DVRFlash for MacOS X - By LasVegas
- Lite-ON Windows Flashers
- mtkflash.exe (MediaTek)
- NEC DOS Flash Tools by The Dangerous Brothers
- RFlash (Ricoh)
- ROMUPG.exe (VIA)
- sfdndos.exe (Samsung)
- sfdndosm.exe/flash.exe (Samsung)
- sfdnwin.exe (Samsung)
- LC897490 ATA Task Flash Programming Utility for MS-DOS
Q: Where can I find THE ULTIMATE DVD FAQ?
A: Find it here: http://dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html
Q: What is the purpose of making a DVD-ROM drive region free?
A: If you have to ask this, then you probably don't need to patch your drive. All recent DVD players of any kind are required by the DVD Forum to have a region counter built in. This counter decreases each time a DVD from a region different than the previously played DVD is inserted. There are a maximum of five changes allowed before the Player is locked on the region of the last played disk.
Q: How do I tell whether or not my DVD-ROM drive is region free (RPC-1)?
A: There are three main tools that you can use; DISC Info, Nero InfoTool, and Drive Region Info.
Q: How do I find out my current firmware version?
A: You can use the same tools above used to find out if a DVD-ROM drive is region free, or if you are using Windows 98/ME you can find the Revision under the drive's properties in Device Manager.
Q: How do I flash my drive?
A: This question definately cannot be answered in a FAQ, so please do a search on the forums or read the readme included with the file if there is one. If all else fails, then ask on the forums.
Q: I flashed the drive with a region free (RPC-1) firmware, but I am still prompted to change the region when I play a DVD in XYZ DVD Player, what went wrong?
A: On a Windows computer with a RPC-2 DVD-ROM drive, there are always at least three region counters that must be taken care of. The first region counter is the Hardware region counter. This counter is removed by flashing a drive with a patched (RPC-1) firmware which has had the region counter removed. The second counter is the Windows Region counter. This kicks in when you play a DVD through Windows Media Player and you have a region free DVD-ROM drive. The third counter is that of your DVD Player Software which is usually either WinDVD or PowerDVD. The last two software region counters must be taken care of with tools like Region Killer or DVD Genie. Note that WinDVD Platinum is immune to these two tools. . WinDVD Tweaker is required for this version of WinDVD.
Q: When will a patch be released for XYZ drive?
A: When a firmware is either read out of a drive or published as an update and someone with the skills and motivation to patch it does it, it will be available. You can try to motivate the patchers by requesting a patch in the Request Firmware forum, but please read and follow the Request Rules