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Repair or replace Matshita UJ-840D drive.

\015 30 March 2009\015\012Hi,\015\012I have a Sony Vaio which I bought whilst travelling in the USA about 4 years ago. The only problem I have is that the DVD drive [Matshita UJ-840D] has locked at Region 1 for DVD movies. I used up all the changes because I have travelled extensively since retiring and I do tend to use the laptop as an entertainment centre and I now need region 2 for the foreseeable future. I contacted Sony who have said the only solution is to replace the drive. Can that be done and if so at what sort of cost? I am slightly confused about the exact model I have. The label on the back says it is PCG-7A2L. However, Sony say this is not the right number and that it is from the VGN-FS600 series. According to the bar code label the model number is 28198233 and the serial number is 3402460.\015\012Can you advise please.\015\012Thanks.\015\012JIM FLOYD\015

Answers :

The region code can only be changed up to 4 times and after the 4th change it locks onto that region.
\015\012You may be able to update the firmware to make the DVD drive region free, but if you make a mistake then you have a piece of junk.
\015\012The best solution :-
\015\012You can install software that defeats the region code, there may be some free programs on the Internet but I use RegionFree from
\015\012www.dvdidle.com it is not expensive.
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