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Can I change my region code on my Magnavox DVD player model…

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Can I change my...

Can I change my region code on my Magnavox DVD player model # DV220MWS?

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Magnavox Model DV220MW9 sorry for the mistake

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First DVD that gave me a region error code

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All others work

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Recorders and Players
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Electronics Technician: Nathan, Technician replied 11 months ago
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Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.

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Electronics Technician: Nathan, Technician replied 11 months ago

Honestly, there isn't anything you can do in this case. The problem here is that the player is designed for and locked to a specific region while you're attempting to play a disc from another region. These region codes were set up by the movie studios to help prevent piracy, and there is no easy way around them. While you may see some “hacks” online, they are not applicable to all models, as most do not have the ability to be overridden by a software adjustment, including yours. For US market players, and especially for combo dvd/vcr units, it is virtually never possible to adapt them.

This region coding protocol is physically built into the hardware (chips on the control board) of the player, and changing it would require physical modifications to the player (swapping out chips) that would void the warranty and often permanently damage the player.

Your best options are to re-purchase the discs you want to play in your country with the proper region code, or buy a purpose made region-free player that does not have this hardware restriction.

I'm sorry there isn't a more optimistic answer here, it's simply a design limitation of the player.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Can I buy a DVD player that will play these movies?
Electronics Technician: Nathan, Technician replied 11 months ago

Yes, you can purchase a multiregion (region free) player, here is one I'd suggest: http://amzn.to/2yhBjFx

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Thank you, ***** ***** a nice day,

Nathan

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