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How to Solve Wrong Region DVD During DVD Movie Playback

Author by Vita

Updated on Jan 19, 2024

You may run into the wrong region DVD when playing DVDs purchased in another country. This post gives solutions for the DVD region error. Here is a once-for-all DVD backup and playback option – WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. It can bypass any DVD region code and convert DVDs to high-quality digital files. Install it here:

What Does Region Code Error Mean on a DVD?

Wrong Region DVD means a mismatch between disc and player region codes. As a matter of fact, many commercial DVDs and DVD players contain specific region codes based on geographic areas. For instance, DVDs released in the UK are coded for Region 2, which can only be played on a DVD player locked in the same region code. If one plays these UK DVDs in the USA or other countries that adopt a different region code, the DVD says wrong region. Sony DVD Player error – Playback Prohibited by Area Limitations is also such kind of region error. At this point, you may readily know why the DVD region error occurs only when playing a DVD produced in other countries. Then, if you insist on playing a DVD from other regions, the following methods should be practical.

WonderFox doesn’t advocate any illegal duplication and distribution. This article is compiled only for personal DVD digital backup. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before ripping a copy-protected DVD.

How to Fix Wrong Region on DVD Player Errors?

Solution 1: Remove the DVD Region Code

Considering manipulability, cost, and applicability, removing the region code from the DVD and digitizing the DVD movie is the most recommended solution. In this way, you can play the converted video file on all sorts of mobile devices on the move. WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is a fast and easy tool for this task. Without complex settings and no need to purchase an expensive DVD player, you can benefit more from DVD digitization using WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. Below is the specific how-to guide. Before start, please free downloadfree download the software to get ready.

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How to Fix DVD Region Code Error by Converting?

Now, free downloadfree download the software on your PC and follow the simple steps:

Step 1. Insert a wrong region DVD into the DVD-ROM drive. Then, launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro and click “DVD Disc” on the main interface. Select the DVD drive letter and click “OK” to load it. The software will decrypt the DVD and automatically choose the main title.

Select the target drive letter

Step 2. Click the right-hand big format icon, and choose a digital video format therein. Since MP4 is the ubiquitous video format supported by all modern devices, you can select and export the movie as “MP4”.

Step 3. Click the three-dot button and choose a location for saving the converted file, and then click “Run”. With the GPU acceleration enabled, it will dramatically shorten the time to rip a DVD. After done, you're able to smoothly play the DVD movie without any DVD region error.

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Solution 2: Change the DVD Drive Region Code

If you happen to receive a region error on DVD while playing DVD movies on the computer, changing your computer DVD drive region code is a good practice.

However, most such devices can only be modified in limited times. Once the maximum limit is reached, the region code of the device will be the one you set up the last time for good. Here, I'll expound on how to change the DVD region code on Windows and Mac.

On Windows:  

Step 1. Head to “This PC” or “My Computer”.

Step 2. Right-click on the target DVD drive, then select “Properties”.

Step 3. Go to “Hardware”, select the disk drive you want to change region code of, then hit “Properties”.

Step 4. Click “DVD Region”. Under this section, you’re able to see the available modification times and the current region. Move the slider bar and choose the country that the DVD movie was purchased in, and the new region code will be displayed synchronously.

Tips. If you are not sure the region code number the DVD movie has, check out the back of the DVD package on which the region code is usually printed.

Step 5. Hit OK to save the modification and play the DVD again.

Change region error DVD

On Mac:

Step 1. Insert the DVD into the optional drive of your Mac. A dialog appears prompting you to choose a region code.

Step 2. Choose the region code matching with the DVD.

Step 3. Click “Set DVD Region” and “Lock” to save the change.

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Solution 3: Use a Multi-region or Region-free DVD Player

The physical DVD player is still many people’s preference. So to deal with the wrong region code DVD problem, you can also turn to a multi-region DVD player or even a region-free DVD player that can ignore the region code protection in a DVD. There are kinds of powerful DVD players that are capable of playing DVDs worldwide, for instance, ELECTCOM DVD Player, Sony All Region DVD player, LG All Multi Region Code Region Free DVD Player, etc., which range from tens of dollars to hundreds.

If you think purchasing an additional DVD player for the DVD region error is too costly, you may try some DVD region code hacks on your current DVD player to play DVDs from other regions. Because of different models and brands, the commands for hacking DVD players would be different. Check out the Videohelp forum to look for a targeted solution for your device:

In Summary

DVD region coding is a common tool for preventing DVDs from being played on other regions except for the region the DVDs released in. The ways to unblock the restriction are various and feature different traits. Just weigh your options based on the actual circumstance.

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