How do I make my DVD player region-free?

Posted on 2009-02-23
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Last Modified: 2013-11-06
I have a Pioneer DV-410V region 2 DVD player. How do I make it region-free? I found this website:


yet I don't understand it. I need someone to walk me thru it please. Thank you
Question by:shlomofu99
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Author Comment

ID: 23718158
My motherboard does not have an irda connector. I found this product
and if the product works on my Windows 98 system, I found clear instructions on how to modify the firmware to make the DVD player region-free.

Below  are the instructions. So I just need to know:

* would the product work? I have a Windows 98SE computer, witth a 1.1 usb port
* in the lines below it says to modify certain ini files. Where can I find those files? (Are they installed automatically when I install the above usb device?)

Thank you

First you have to modify some ini files:

1) Remove folowing strings from netirsir.inf:

%*PNP0510.DevDesc% = PNP, *PNP0510
%*PNP0511.DevDesc% = PNP, *PNP0511

and replace




2) Add to msports.inf to section [Std]:

%*PNP0510.DeviceDesc% = ComPort, *PNP0510, *PNP0511 ; Communications Port
%*PNP0511.DeviceDesc% = ComPort, *PNP0511, *PNP0510 ; Communications Port

to section [Strings]:

*PNP0510.DeviceDesc = "Generic Ir Serial Port"
*PNP0511.DeviceDesc = "Generic Ir Serial Port"



to section [ControlFlags]

When you do this windows will recognise irda port as : Generic Ir Serial Port
If you modified the ini files and windows didn't recognise your irda port as Generic Ir Serial Port then remove the irda port and restart your pc. Windows will now find a new hardware (Generic Ir Serial Port) and install it.

Then type the following in a text file:
# Make your Pioneer DVD Player Region Free Easily
# Region Free remote codes by KyriacosMETAL

begin remote

name pioneer
eps 30
aeps 100
ptrail 0
repeat 0 0
gap 35000

begin RAW_codes
name region
8575 4211 576 1547 576 1547
576 493 576 493 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 493 576 1547
576 1547 576 1547 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 493 576 1547
576 1547 576 493 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 1547 576 493 576 493
576 1547 576 1547 576 493
8575 4211 576 1547 576 1547
576 1547 576 1547 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 493 576 493
576 493 576 1547 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 1547 576 1547
576 493 576 1547 576 493
576 1547 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 493 576 1547
576 493 576 1547 576 1547
end RAW_codes

end remote


Save this text file under the name pioneer.conf

Then download Winlirc from http://winlirc.sourceforge.net/ 
Put the following settings in winlirc:
Reciever type: RX
Virtual Pulse: 300
Speed: 115200
Transmitter Settings: Unselect hardware carrier and select TX
Config: Choose the pioneer.conf file

When you do all these, close the settings page. Choose Pioneer remote and then click: "Send Code"

Your pioneer DVD player n now region free. Enjoy!
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Expert Comment

ID: 23741950
You probably can't get round it with that, not all DVD-ROM drives can be made region-free by the way
having only usb 1.1 doesnt help you either.
You can use a patch to upgrade your firmware to regeon free
The Pioneer Region Free DVD firmware page
Another work around is to get a  regeon free dvd player then you wont have to touch the DVD rom at all
 My work around was to buy the full pack of Power DVD, it can change the regeons for your DVD rom instead.
Even though it is supposed to lock after 5 times I found mine continues to give it

Author Comment

ID: 23742286
Thanks for trying to help, but nothing worked.
* The link you sent me at http://pioneerdvd.rpc1.org/ did not have a firmware for my DVD player
* The link you sent me at http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/region_page3.html does not work
* Power DVD does not work on Windows 98

Accepted Solution

shlomofu99 earned 0 total points
ID: 23742335
I figured it out. It's explained here:

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