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Sony Vaio from Japan Optical drive not reading discs

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April 24, 2013 7:54:46 AM

I bought a Sony Vaio Z (vpcz11) from a US ebay seller and he said he bought it in Japan. It has a Japanese keyboard. The optical drive (matshita) is able to read and play burned dvds that were burned in the Philippines, but it won't read any DVD's : North America, even DVD R's that contain files and folders).

Is there a software fix for this? Will buying a replacement optical drive work?

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April 24, 2013 8:46:18 AM

DVDs are Region coded and America and Asia are two different region codes.

the lock is in the DVD drive's hardware; therefore, you should be able to switch the drive.
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April 24, 2013 9:04:57 AM

Emerald said:
DVDs are Region coded and America and Asia are two different region codes.

the lock is in the DVD drive's hardware; therefore, you should be able to switch the drive.


So it will only read burned data dvd recordables by optical drives that have the Asia region code, right?
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