How do I make my DVD player region-free?

Posted on 2009-02-23
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

    Author Comment

    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
    flags RAW_CODES
    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
    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

    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

    Thanks for trying to help, but nothing worked.
    * The link you sent me at did not have a firmware for my DVD player
    * The link you sent me at does not work
    * Power DVD does not work on Windows 98

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    I figured it out. It's explained here:

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