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Does anyone here know how to circumvent the 5 x change limit Apple has imposed on computers?

I first played a Region 2 DVD on my iMac and had to switch the setting from Region 1 to 2, then at a later time I played a Region 1 DVD and had to switch back.

Now the message I got was that I had used 2 of the 5 possible changes and therefor only have 3 left.

Surely there must be a way to get around this?

Any help is appreciated.

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Does anyone here know how to circumvent the 5 x change limit Apple has imposed on computers?

Apple did not do any such thing, any more than other computer manufacturers do. The manufacturer of the optical drive did that (Pioneer, Matshita, Panasonic, etc.). It is a worldwide lock that applies to every computer DVD drive ever sold. This lock is called RPC (Regional Playback Control), pushed by the DCCA, a front for the big studios in California.

RPC-1 (version 1) was used with software checks only. This was found to be not secure enough, as special software could reset the counter.

RPC-2 (version 2) uses the hardware of the optical drive itself, the firmware to be more precise.

Old DVD drives were sold as RPC-1. Until the development of RPC-2 was complete. Then every new drive was RPC-2 out of the factory.

 

There is more to it, but I don't want to be censored by Roxio.

 

One example of a perfectly legal way to be able to view Region 1 and Region 2 DVD content, is to have two drives: one for each region. I know of a few people that have such a setup.

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