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How To Unlock Region Zones On A DVD Player

Updated on May 16, 2007

I am a huge anime fan, and many of the series that I follow have not been released in the United States yet, so if I order them on DVD from Japan, I would not have been able to play them on my DVD player because of the Region Zone. That is, until recently.

For those that may not know, DVDs are hard coded for world use through zones. The current codes are as follows:

  • Region 1 - US and Canada
  • Region 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, and Greenland
  • Region 3 - S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Parts of Southeast Asia
  • Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America (including Mexico)
  • Region 5 - Eastern Europe, Russia, India, and Africa
  • Region 6 - China
  • Region 7 - Reserved for Special Use
  • Region 8 - Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc.
  • Region 9, 0, or All - Uncoded for Worldwide use

There are many reasons why this encoding is in place - licensing issues, censorship, but mainly money. Studios release movies at different times across the globe, and if it is available on DVD in the United States before it is released in France, they could potentially lose out on box office receipts if the consumer could purchase the DVD.

Consumers are often told if they have a Region 1 player, it will not play Region 2 disks. That is not truly the case. Most DVD players can be unlocked using a simple code from the remote.

In order to unlock your DVD player, you need two things: your DVD player model number and the hack found at VideoHelp.com/dvdhacks. This site is a search engine that lists thousands of hack codes to unlock your DVD player.

The latest player that I unlocked was a CyberHome CH-DVD 300 that I got from WalMart for $29.99. The process was simple and painless. Here are the steps I had to take to set it to uncoded or worldwide use:

  1. Power On
  2. Open Tray
  3. Press Menu, 1, 9
  4. Change Zone to 0 (third line from the bottom)
  5. Press Enter
  6. Press Open/Close (Eject)

Voila! One uncoded DVD player capable of playing DVDs from anywhere in the world. One word of warning: Using any hacks on your player can void your warranty, so try this at your own risk.

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      rose 7 months ago

      hello there, i am needing to change the regional coding for my sylvania sdvd 6655-b. any help would be amazing.

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      Terry 13 months ago

      How can I unlock a Sony DVP-SR320?

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      Jones Lee 18 months ago

      You can try these steps below to unlock your Sony DVP-SR510H machine:

      1. Switch on player.

      2. Open tray compartment.

      3. Using the remote enter 2812.

      4. Press 9 on key pad and then enter or Nav Ctr button.

      5. Press CLEAR to exit.

      If it doesn't work, an alternative way is to rip your wrong-region DVD's to your computer hard drive and play the digital copies from there. This site, http://dvd0101.com, offers a solid DVD digitizing solution.

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      Steve B 2 years ago

      How can I unlock a Sony DVP-SR510H?

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      sanjay 2 years ago

      How to unlock dvp-sr500h

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      Debbie 2 years ago

      I will try it thanks !!!

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      Dok 2 years ago

      Can you please tell me the code to unlock my Samsung dvd theater system. Model is HT-F453HRK.

      Thank you

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      eddie moon 2 years ago

      Pleas Ihave a Sony BD player BDP S 1200 I want to make it freezone, Do you help me?

      Many thanks in advance

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      marcelo villasis 2 years ago

      Hi, am sorry the model number is HT-F453HRK instead of HT-453HRK in my previous coments

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      marcelo villasis 2 years ago

      Hi , I have a samsung dvd player model HT-453HRK and want it region code free.

      Anyone could help will be much appreciated

      Thank you in advance

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      amanda 2 years ago

      Please help im in region 1 usa trying to watch a region 4 australia dvd on a magnovox dp100mw8 cannot figure anything out ... Please and thank u

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      Patrick 2 years ago

      I have a sony dvp-sr320 has anyone got an unlock code for this player

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      sam 2 years ago

      Hi I have a Ferguson model F2202LVD 22"tv/dvd player and want to watch scrapbooking from all over world and it saying wrong region please help me oh and no remote

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      DARREN 2 years ago

      I JUST BOUGHT A PANASONIC DMP-BD81 BLURAY PLAYER I WANT TO MAKE REGION FREE CAN ANYONE HELP ME.THANKS

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      Kim Gill 2 years ago

      I have Panasonic DMR-XW390 need to unlock it to play region 2. Cheers ☺

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      hermione1983 2 years ago

      LGDP561B how to change from region 2 to region 0 (region FREE)??

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      Jonnie 2 years ago

      Hi Guys,

      Need a Region hack for an LG BP440 Bluray plare.....PLEASE!!

      Thanks

      J

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      sirak 2 years ago

      can anybody please tell me how to unlock sony DVP-FX770 portable dvd player?

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      mistic 3 years ago

      Im in need of a hack for Magnavox dvd/vcr player code DV220MW9 have movies from London i want to watch in the us. Please help,thanks

      Misticskies@hotmail.com

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      josh 3 years ago

      Have a sony dvd 200srp and I'm trying to unlock it to multi region I need help

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      ERIC 3 years ago

      ANYONE GOT THE HACK FOR SAMSUNG HT-E4550K? HELP!!!!! send it to distribution@momoviez.net THENX

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      Bonnie White 3 years ago

      I have a Sony DVD player DVP SR 500H How do I unlock it to play a DVD purchased from England?

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      p prakash 3 years ago

      i have a samsung dvd-P192/xtl can any boby help me to unlock region for

      pp

      thanks,

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      Nikki2238 3 years ago

      I have a Magnavox MDV2300 dvd player that I can't find codes to change the multi region.I need it quickly,so anyone that can help, would be much appreciated!

      Thanks, Nicollette

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      jamie 3 years ago

      hi,

      i have a samsung dvd-sr27om xeu dvd player and i can't find codes to change it to a multi region player anywhere. if there is anyone that could help, that would be the best!

      cheers,

      jamie

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      Bri66 4 years ago

      Can someone please let me know how to make a Sony BDV-E980/E880/E380 region free for DVDs please?

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      funloving001 5 years ago

      Hi I have a VIEW DS-360c, region 2 dvd player. Does anybody know how to make this region 0 please?

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      prantik 5 years ago

      can any boby help me to unlock region for LG HB 906.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Pam I need help to unlock a Philips Home theatre system for the South Africa region. It shows region 6 on the scree.

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      Chris 5 years ago

      How do I crack a Philips DVD player with a wrong region error message. I bought the DVD here in south Africa but had been able to watch my comedy Mind your Language since I bought but was playing fine with the previous dvd

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      weetom86 5 years ago

      Any ideas for an unlock on Don't BDV-EF200?

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      sam 5 years ago

      i have a "JPEG" dvd player can anyone help how to make it a multiregion zone thanks

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      thomas 5 years ago

      I have a sony DVP SRP how do I unlock it

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      Dunnwu 5 years ago

      Can someone please share the code for Samsung c350. I have tried the code posted but only sets to use region one. I want to be able to play all regions from region 3.

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      Ruby 5 years ago

      How do I unlock my Sony portable CD/DVD Player DVP-FX930 bought in the US 3 years ago and brought home to the UK but cannot play any British CDs

      or DVDs?

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      Sony homi 5 years ago

      How do I unlock

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      Kathy 5 years ago

      I bought a Sylvania dvd player for the car model

      SDVD8727 in Usa and I need to use it in Switzerland

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      Bakang 5 years ago

      coding for HT-C350 please soonest.. I am in south africa but it still doesn't want to play Code 2 dvd's which it played before..

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      Yogesh 5 years ago

      Magnovax MDV3000 , MVD2015/2016 dvd player hack

      1. Turn ON the player

      2. Press setup

      3. Press 9999

      4. You will see number 1 on the top. This is region code. Use side arrows and change the codes. Use 255 for all.

      I can play DVDs from India as well as DVDs from USA.

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      Dennis 5 years ago

      I purchased a Mistral Select dvd player ($20 TOTAL!) on eBay, and it's a fabulous machine. It's region-free out of the box, and it has one unique and very appealing feature: it bypasses the FBI warning, the trailers and all the other annoyances and goes straight to the opening credits. Of course, if you want to view those things, you can press the MENU button to see them. NOTE: when you first hook it up, it might be rolling and in black & white on your monitor. Remedy: push NB on the remote several times to normalize the picture. Then press SETUP on the remote control, find LAST MEMORY and turn it off. Now you're open for business! You'll love the player. One more nice feature on the machine: there are control buttons on the front of the player. Unlike many dvd players that can only be controlled via the remote control, if your dog eats the remote, you can still play dvds or cds.

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      Serena 5 years ago

      I have magnavox mdv2100. Any answers?

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      Lee 5 years ago

      Funny how I'm not having any trouble playing a region 3 dvds on a region 1 player without an hacks whatsoever. Could someone possibly tell me why this might be? I'm not complaining but I'd like to know if its just a fluke with one disk or if I can run out and buy some JP/HK movies to watch without having to worry if they will be blocked. I have a Panasonic dvd-F65 and a Yamaha both region 1 and they successfully played Rob-B-Hood HK special edition which is a region 3 movie.

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      luitzen 5 years ago

      a have a samsung BD-D5100 blueray unit and i am trying to unlock the unit from region 4 code (australia) to region free.the player loads and then refuses to shift from stop on the player.i have purchased a AK59-104 remote with a repeat button,but no luck so far.can you please help,luitzen.

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      caroline 5 years ago

      I NEED HELP WITH OUR TOSHIBA HDMI. HOW DO I UNLOCK THE REGION FOR MY UNITED STATES DVDS. THANK YOU.

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      Reinhard 5 years ago

      Anyone know the code for a Sony BDP-BX18?

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      steve 5 years ago

      i have just got a panasonic sa-btt270 bluray surround sound system can anyone tell me how to unlock it

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      alfredo fredericksen 5 years ago

      I have SAMSUNG C-360. Do you know the code for this player? I need unlock...

      Please, if you know...send me a e-mail to: alfredericksen@gmail.com

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      joe 5 years ago

      anyone know to hack SONY BDP S570 BLURAY player for region free codes?

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      Wayne Davies 5 years ago

      Anyone know the Unlock code for a currys essentials C1dvd10 player as i cant seem to find the code ANYWHERE

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      kavitha 5 years ago

      I appreciate if anyone helps me to unlock "Sony portable cd/dvd player DVP-FX810" which I bought from US. Mail ID : kavi_k83@yahoo.co.in

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      Marc 5 years ago

      I also have a SONY BDV-E380 BlueRay DVD.

      I wish to make the DVD part Region-free/Multiregion.

      Does anyone know how to do this..? Thanks.

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      Martin, DK 5 years ago

      To PANDA.

      I found some info on how to unlock some similar Pioneer products at this link: http://www.fixya.com/support/t9093929-region_code_...

      I hope its a help.

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      panda 5 years ago

      Anyone know how to unlock a Pioneer DVD-266?

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      Martin, DK 5 years ago

      Hi.

      I have the SONY BDV-E380 BlueRay DVD-Region 2/BD-Region B.

      I wish to make the DVD part Region-free/Multiregion.

      Does anyone know how to do this..? Thanks.

      The Blueray player in the "BDV-E380" is the same as in the "BDV-T58", "BDV-E980", BDv-E880" & "HBD-E580", if its any help.

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      jodie 5 years ago

      u r a GENIOUS MMWWAAHH

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      region code for Sony SLV-D380P please? I am not able to find in any search engine :(

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      Dave 5 years ago

      Can you unlock a player without a remote?

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      GT 5 years ago

      I have a Sony DVP-FX750 and need to change it from Region 1 to Region 2 for Europe, please help anyone? e-mail g_tomasdottir@hotmail.com

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      Jeff Rodriguez 5 years ago

      Is HT-C350 and DVD 350 the same??

      how can I get the codes to unlock the HT-C350

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      Emilio Copiapo 5 years ago

      Hi i need unlock a DVD - Vehicle entertainment system form my honda ridgeline truck, only player dvd zone 1, i need zone 4, thanks

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      Bossie 5 years ago

      I have a Samsung digital home enternainment system HT-D453HK and would like to unlock it from the region it is in but are unable to fimd any info about how is there anybody who can help me please

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      haydenandtash 5 years ago

      Can anyone help unlocking a Panasonic SA-PT980??

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      Mark 5 years ago

      Any clues on how to unlock a Magnavox MDV3000/F7?

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      Chris Salter 5 years ago

      GOOD STUFF MATE, WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!

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      Aisling 6 years ago

      Hi all,

      I'm looking to unlock a portable DVD player, Digital Electronics model no:10F-0002 can't find any information anywhere, please help.

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      Ela 6 years ago

      Hello, I am looking how to unlock a Toshiba D-VR60DTKF...any clues? Thanks!

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      HIEIEOW 6 years ago

      I have a sony dvd player model DVP SR500H,I can't see dvd region 4, what can i do

      pleased help me

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      hh 6 years ago

      i really need help with my dvd player...samsung DVD C450K...just cant find any hacks on google..could really appreciate anyone's help..thanks!!

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      Bomvu 6 years ago

      Fantastic

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      maorisjrc 6 years ago

      No, I'm waiting for answer "maorisjrc@hotmail.com"

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      nicomaru 6 years ago

      maorisjrc ,, how so you unlock DVP FX750 Thanks

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      maorisjrc 6 years ago

      I have a reproducer sony DVP-FX950 and DVP-FX750 as I can unblock the zones and return it multiregion

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      sri 6 years ago

      I have sony dvp-fx820 not able to make it region free. Any ideas? thanks

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      Waner 6 years ago

      Do you khow how to unlock a dvd player RCA DRC99731?

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      popularelect 6 years ago

      110220electronics.com got the region free dvd player http://www.110220electronics.com

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      gustavo 6 years ago

      hi !!

      any hints regarding the sony DVP- FX 750 ??? it runs only on region 1 and i need it with regions 2 and 4 !!! heeelp !!!!

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      UNevaNo 6 years ago

      Hi Justice, try this:

      1.With the DVD player turned on, press the 'Setup' button on your remote control, to enter the system menu.

      2.Press the right arrow button on your remote control until you have the 'Password Setup Page' displayed.

      3.Then press '8888' using your remote control. This will subsequently display a 'Region Code' screen.

      4.Using the up and down arrows on your remote control you can specify the region you require. To enable multi-regional play we recommend setting the unit to: Region Code 0.

      5.Press the 'Enter' button on your remote control to confirm

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      JUSTICE 6 years ago

      I WANT UNLOCK CODE FOR TEVION 40656

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      John 6 years ago

      I have an Electrohome TV Model 20ET201F. 20" with VHS and DVD players incorporated. It will not play UK zone DVD's. Is there a code for this Model?

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      koroszlan 6 years ago

      Hi!

      I just get a DVP-FX750 from SONY. I bought it in the States, for a Christmas present for my sun. I didn't know anything about that region code, but unfortunately it doesn't works in Europe. Can anyone help me to unlock it?

      Thank you and I appreciate

      Koroszlan

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      Manna 6 years ago

      how to unlock Samsung P191 DVD/CD player

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      domeng 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I am wondering if there are unlock codes for a Panasonic DVD A7D player.

      Thanks and appreciate any help.

      domeng

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      Adam 6 years ago

      I have a Sony AVD-C70ES. Could anybody tell me the code for region free?

      Thanks,

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      crystal 6 years ago

      i have a today's girl tv/dvd 2 in 1, and want to unlock it as the person i bought it from said it is region 1 locked but we are region 4 in aus. any help would be appreciated.

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      mel 6 years ago

      please help i cant get my samsung h1080 dvd unblocked

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      Chris 7 years ago

      Can anyone help me? My unit is Samsung HT-x725. I used to play the DVD Barney for my kid and just recently the same DVD do not play anymore and it says Region Error. I tried the instructions in one of the sites several times but with no success. Is there any otherway to unlock the region. Need help badly. Thanks.

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      João 7 years ago

      Please, how to unlock a Sony DVP-SR500H

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      peter l 7 years ago

      Hello how do I unlock region code on my Panasonic Blu-Ray dvd player SA-BT222

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      Mike 7 years ago

      How do you unlock region code for Samsung DVD-P181

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      Russell 7 years ago

      Hi. How do I unlock the regions for an LG HT503TH-A2 DVD player?

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      ADTC 7 years ago

      The comment(s) above has instructions which I thought will make the region-3 player become region-free. But it only changed the player to get locked to region-1. I found out when I tried region-1, region-3 and region-6 discs. Only region-1 played. Once I returned the numbers menu to the original default setting, only region-3 played.

      I had received an anonymous comment in my blog with alternate instructions. I tried the alternate instructions (after returning the numbers menu to the original default), and found that my DVD player Samsung DVD-C350 is now region-free. I could play all the three discs of different regions without any "Wrong region" message.

      Click my name in this comment (not previous comments) to go to my blog post where I have posted the alternate instructions. The original comment by the anonymous person is also available. Thanks a zillion to Anonymous!

      The above instructions could also work for DVD-C350K, DVDC360, DVD-C450 and DVD-C450K since they're in same series.

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      ADTC 7 years ago

      I have a Samsung DVD-C350 that's locked to region 3, and I wanted to play a region 1 disc. After trying everything I could find, I discovered that this works:

      Make sure no disc is in player. Press Power button on player (not remote) to turn on player. Wait for No Disc message on TV screen. (The following buttons are on the remote.) Press Repeat (plain, not A-B). Press Fast Rewind (two arrows to left, no line). Press Next Chapter (two arrows to right with line). Press Fast Forward. Press Previous Chapter. Press Play.

      You will get a menu full of numbers.** I don't know what any of the numbers mean but taking clues from instructions available for H1080 DVD players, I highlighted all numbers from 1 to 9. Use arrow buttons and Enter button to highlight or unhighlight numbers.

      ** NOTE: I recommend you backup the original highlights in the numbers menu by noting it down on the back of the player's manual or some place safe. You may want to revert to the original settings when you want to send the device for warranty or if something goes wrong.

      Press Play button (on remote) to save the new highlights. The player will turn off. Wait 5 seconds then press Power button on player (not remote). You will get a Language menu. Select English (or any language) and you can pop in a Region 1 disc immediately.

      This worked for my region 1 disc and my C350 DVD player played it like a piece of cake! I'm not sure if the above arrangement of highlights will work for other regions, but the instructions I found says it will make the player region-free. Do let us know if it works for you!

      The above instructions could also work for DVD-C350K, DVDC360, DVD-C450 and DVD-C450K since they're in same series.

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      ADTC 7 years ago

      MODERATOR, please reject previous commment. I will post corrected comment after this.

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      ADTC 7 years ago

      I have a Samsung DVD-C350 that's locked to region 3, and I wanted to play a region 1 disc. After trying everything I could find, I discovered that this works:

      Make sure no disc is in player.

      Press Power button on player (not remote) to turn on player.

      Wait for No Disc message on TV screen.

      (The following buttons are on the remote.)

      Press Repeat (plain, not A-B)

      Press Fast Rewind >|

      Press Fast Forward >>

      Press Previous Chapter |||

      You will get a menu full of numbers.** I don't know what any of the numbers mean but taking clues from instructions available for H1080 DVD players, I highlighted all numbers from 1 to 9. Use arrow buttons and Enter button to highlight or unhighlight numbers.

      ** NOTE: I recommend you backup the original highlights in the numbers menu by noting it down on the back of the player's manual or some place safe. You may want to revert to the original settings when you want to send the device for warranty or if something goes wrong.

      Press Play button (on remote) to save the new highlights. The player will turn off.

      Wait 5 seconds then press Power button on player (not remote).

      You will get a Language menu. Select English (or any language) and you can pop in a Region 1 disc immediately.

      This worked for my region 1 disc and my C350 DVD player played it like a piece of cake! I'm not sure if the above arrangement of highlights will work for other regions, but the instructions I found says it will make the player region-free. Do let us know if it works for you!

      Could also be true for DVD-C350K, DVDC360, DVD-C450 and DVD-C450K since they're in same series.

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      MARK 7 years ago

      Also trying to unlock samsung dvd-c350.... anyone?

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      DOUG 7 years ago

      anyone know how 2 unlock dvd samsung c350???

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      Jose Tinag 7 years ago

      How did you make your DVD (Sony DVP FX930) possible to use for all regional codes?

      thanks

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      Corin 7 years ago

      I just bought a Sony DVD portable for my kid: Sony DVP-FX930 It only plays DVD's region 1, which is not good for them as I need Region 2. Can you please help?

      I really appreciate that.

      Thank you.

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      alexgagliano 7 years ago

      i have a bd player sony bdp-s1 , it's possible to unlock for region free? thanks

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      Jason 7 years ago

      How did you make your DVD (Sony DVP FX930) possible to use for all regional codes?

      I really appreciate that. Actually, it plays DVD's region 1 only.

      Thanks a lot.