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DVD Drive - Can they play DVD's that are NTSC or from a different region?

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March 24, 2014 11:42:41 AM

Hello everyone.

So I am a peasant when it comes to this kind of thing.
I'm wondering if the DVD drive in my computer [which is most likely to be PAL since I am from Western Europe, also the model is: ATAPI iHAS124 D SCSI] can play DVD's that are from the NTSC region? I would try it out for myself but I don't want to waste my money on an NTSC DVD that isn't playable in my region.

Thanks! c;

tl;dr: Is my DVD drive for my computer compatible with multi-region DVD's?
a b G Storage
March 24, 2014 12:06:17 PM

Hi

Most DVD drives can have the region code changed a few times
( usually 5)
With the correct software you can then play the DVD
But after a few changes the drive is stuck in that region

You drive is SCSI which means it is very old
( or you are mistaken it will not be atapi & SCSI )

A newer ATA or sata DVD drive is cheap nowadays about 15 to 20 uk pounds ( sata drives are cheeper as ATA dvd's are now rare)

( check if you have spare ATA or sata port)
If you have a tower case a second DVD drive will allow you to buy us video DVDs

Regards
Mike Barnes
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a c 909 G Storage
March 24, 2014 7:52:39 PM

Typically you change the region in your dvd playback software. You drive is a lite-on that is still available so it should allow up to 5 changes as stated.

ps - I'm in the states an get dvd's from my relatives in Germany and don't have any problems playing PAL dvd's in my pc. I do have to convert them to NTSC and burn them to play in my moms standalone dvd player. (the kind that just connects to your tv)
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