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January 16, 2010 5:05:42 PM

Are there issues in Windows 7 where changing the region on one of your DVD drives will also change the region on the other drive?

I have a LiteOn iHAS424-98 drive and a Sony CRX300E drive (legacy IDE). The Sony drive was left in the system to play region 2 discs. I set the Sony drive to region 2, but that apparently changed the region setting on my Lite-On drive. When I changed it back on the Sony drive, my Lite-On drive stayed region 2, so I had to change it back also. I would prefer to use only the old drive for my region 2 DVDs.

I can't play with this too much or I'll run out of times that I can change the regions. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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January 16, 2010 6:36:29 PM

I tried disabling the Lite-On drive through the Device Manager, then changing the Sony drive's region, and finally re-enabling the Lite-On drive. That seemed to work. I have no idea how or why the Lite-On drive had its region setting changed the first time I tried it, though. I'd hope that those extra steps aren't necessary...
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January 16, 2010 6:41:01 PM

what do you mean by regions?
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January 16, 2010 6:57:38 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Have you tried something DVD Genie?


I use Windows Media Player for my DVD player, and all of the DVD region-free software I could find wouldn't run in Windows 7.
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January 16, 2010 7:06:49 PM

I use Media Player Classic or PowerDVD9 and have not had any region problems (yet), so all I can suggest is that you change the software that you use for playback.
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January 16, 2010 7:17:27 PM

It's working fine now without the software. I'm just curious why my region settings got changed on my new (Lite-On) drive when I only changed them for the old (Sony) drive.
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January 16, 2010 7:24:39 PM

Probably because WMP likes to control EVERYTHING that is connected to the OS.
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