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    DVD Region Changing
    Ok, I have some DVD's from the UK, and obviously the region is wrong. I am afraid of using up my limited number of region changes on my MacBook Pro. Is there any way around this limit, or am I stuck once it's reached?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty Loco View Post
    Ok, I have some DVD's from the UK, and obviously the region is wrong. I am afraid of using up my limited number of region changes on my MacBook Pro. Is there any way around this limit, or am I stuck once it's reached?

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    You could get an external DVD drive specifically for your UK DVDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty Loco View Post
    Ok, I have some DVD's from the UK, and obviously the region is wrong. I am afraid of using up my limited number of region changes on my MacBook Pro. Is there any way around this limit, or am I stuck once it's reached? Thank you
    In addition to what schweb suggested (which by the way is a good suggestion) you can do this:

    Open System Preferences, click on CDs & DVDs. Where it says, "When you insert a video DVD", choose "ignore".

    After doing that, download and install the free VLC player.

    Now when you insert one of your UK video DVDs, select the VLC player to play it. No region setting required.

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    VLC has recently updated their FAQ to include information on newer model DVD drives. Apparently the newer drives will do a firmware check before attempting to play media, and VLC can't circumvent it, nor can any other software at this time. VLC is free, to trying it costs you nothing, but if it doesn't work, you'll need to consider either a region-free drive or one devoted to UK media.

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    Ahh yes! I already have and love VLC! Why didn't I think of trying that?

    Thank you!

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