Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MacBook Pro now Region Free (Matshita DVD-R UJ-868)

A while back I recorded how to make a MacBook region free. rpc1.org just released information on how to make some of the newer (the ones used in MacBooks and MacBook Pros) Matshita drives region free.

The process is even easier than it was before thanks to the efforts of Ben11 and ala42. You need to download the firmware for your drive. Check which firmware you need by going to:

System Profiler > Disk Burning

Read the drive type (for example, mine is MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868) and the firmware revision (again, mine is KB19). If you're as lucky as I am, then the rpc1.org firmware page will have a copy of the firmware for your computer.

You will need to download and run MatshitaFlasher (updated 4/20/2011) to allow you to install the firmware update.

Unzip MatshitaFlasher.zip and the firmware zip file. The firmware .zip file typically includes two firmware .dat files. In Finder drop the firmware .dat file you want to flash on the MatshitaFlasher application. A terminal window will pop up, listing drive and firmware ids and ask you if you want to continue flashing.

The Terminal window I saw after dropping the firmware .dat file on the flasher application looked like this:

simple_flash V 1.02 compiled at Jan 24 2010
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19

Continue? y (you need to enter this)

Firmware update running, do not interrupt ...
Finished

logout

[Process completed]

Make sure the RPC region on your drive is already set. You can check that with DVD Info X.

Reset the RPC region count back to zero with Region X.

Remember, you do this AT YOUR OWN RISK but it worked for me.

Now I can watch my legally bought UK DVDs on my legally bought US DVD Player.

I'm a happy geek again.

Edit: Link for instructions on how to use MatshitaFlasher in Lion (updated 12/13/2011).

242 comments:

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Vincent said...

dude, this worked a treat. thanks for fuckin' much for this tip. You just saved me a ton of cash.

Elie said...

hey all!
quick question.
any of u guys had problems burning CDs/DVDs after flashing the firmware?

thx!

Mac Hacker said...

Elie - I burnt a dual layer DVD with data as a test figuring that was the hardest thing I was going to throw at it. No problems at all.

Arnie said...

Thanks for the instructions! Worked like a charm.

Ganesh said...

Thanks a million!!!
I've searched in the net for hours but to no avail until I found your site...Thanks a million again!

Have a good weekend!

taliesin said...

I have the same UJ-868 KB19 in my mbp, and now it's rpc1

Thanks, man!

woohoo!

hugolausy said...

thanks so much for the detail instructions!!!!!
its works!!!!

Peace Freak said...

This has not worked for me... I have exactly the same drive, the UJ-868, firmware revison KB19.

First of all, as there are TWO firmware DAT files

KB19_rpc1.dat
KB19.dat

Which one should be used? Or should both be used and if so, in what order?

Next, after launching Region X, you say: Reset the RPC region back to zero with Region X. I do not see a zero option in the Region X window. Besides Regions 1 to 8, I see 'Not set'. Is this what I should choose?

Thanks!

Mac Hacker said...

Use KB19_rpc1.dat will make the drive region free. Use KB19.dat if you ever want to go back to factory (not region free) - typically used if you need to reflash to take your computer in for warranty work.

Reset the RPC region COUNT back to zero with Region X.

You need to set the region to whichever you need to view the DVD. This will happen automatically when you put in your DVD and you don't really need that function of Region X. If it is "NOT SET" then you haven't tried to watch a DVD on your computer yet or you somehow managed to automatically reset the count.

Hope that helps.

Peace Freak said...

Thanks for the more detailed instructions. I have got it region free now. Great!

I would like to confirm why you would want to use Region X to set the Count (Changes left) back to Zero (none). What you are saying is 'none' here means 'an unlimited number of changes'?

I just want to be clear about this and I am sure your future readers will benefit too...

Mac Hacker said...

You want to reset the drive so that it looks like it has never been set to a region (or that you at least have some rests available).

Unfortunately, you cannot set an unlimited number of changes so you need to keep Region X around to keep resetting.

Hope that helps.

C3Po said...

Hey, it seemed quite clear & easy but after dropping the dat file my terminal window popped this message:

calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/diegxxx/Downloads/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1/KB19_rpc1.dat

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Could not open device

Any clue what am missing?

Thx!

Mac Hacker said...

Sorry, no clue. On;y problems I've seen is if you have the wrong firmware. Try posting at rpc1.org.

Rafael said...

TOP MAN!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY FRIEND!! CROSSING THE OCEANS, YOUR POSTS ARE JUST MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY WORLDWIDE, BRAZILIANS FOLKS SENDING MANY REGARDS!

Seeker said...

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simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Could not open device

Any clue what am missing?
----------------

I got this too - try removing any disc in the drive and closing all programs that read the drive such as vlc, system profiler etc and try again.

leadintogold23 said...

Have exact same DVD drive (UJ-868, firmware revison KB19) in a 15" Macbook Pro 4,5. Flashed drive and can now play other region DVD's, but still cannot rip from Handbrake (just spins away saying it is scanning disc. Mac the Ripper ripped disc but when ripped files are played in Vlc, it is full of scrambled block pixels. The ripped files cannot be played in DVD player--says disc copy protection cannot be verified.

It is playing my region one disc in DVD player but not in Vlc. A region 2 disc can't be played in Vlc and in Dvd Player only plays title sequence. Do I need to use region x again each time I want to change disc region or should it play automatically?

I followed your direction to the letter and the only detectable difference was the reading in terminal

It read:
simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19

instead of:
simple_flash V 1.02 compiled at Jan 24 2010
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19

Really hope I didn't bollox the drive. Has anyone else tried using MactheRipper or Handbrake after the fix? If I re-flash it with the KB19.dat file will it set the drive back to the way it was?

Thanks for any advice you could give me.

leadintogold23 said...

Was able to get Mac the Ripper and Handbrake to work by removing the applications with AppZapper then reinstalling. So that is great. But still can't play the original disc in VLC player. Otherwise I am a happy bunny. Nice One Macbook Hacker and other fix architects.

Andrew said...

same situation as leadingintogold23. DVDs play, but handbrake ripping does not work. any help would be very much appreciated.

Mac Hacker said...

leadingintogold23 - glad to see that you got your problems solved. I'm not having an issue with VLC. Did you try uninstalling that app and then reinstalling?

Andrew - did you try leadingintogold23's trick of fully uninstalling the software using AppZapper, AppDelete, etc. (prgrams that also remove all associated files) and then reinstalling.

Daniel said...

Hi! thanks for this...i have been trying over and over... i have kb19 uj 868 drive and when i get the firmware(.dat file)...i click to open it with the matshita flasher and the screen blinks then nothing happens...any ideas? thanks so much for your help.

Mac Hacker said...

Don't click to open the .dat file. Open the flasher and then drag and drop the .dat file on top of that.

Daniel said...

I think something is off, when I click to open the flasher, my screen doesn't change. The upper left corner of my macbook pro shows "dropmatshita flasher", as if the program is open, but nothing appears on screen...so i'm not quite sure where to " drop the .dat file on top of that"...not sure if i make sense...maybe i've downloaded flasher from the wrong place...? it was from the rpc1.org file database...any suggestions? thansk again . appreciate any advice.

Daniel said...

sorry to insist, but i've been going at this for hours...i am not clear on where to "drop" the .dat file...i have the matshita flasher v 0.5...i sthis teh right one? using the KB19_pc1.dat file...no luck however, i am following the tutorial line by line...
thanks for any advice

Mac Hacker said...

The Flasher I used was v2.01. Follow the link in the article to get that file.

The direct link is http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=category&id=1847

Hope that helps.

Daniel said...

the link in the above article gives me a 0.5 version...am i the only person this is happening to?

Mac Hacker said...

For those that have problems with Handbrake or VLC (or I guess any other software) after the flash has been applied, try the following:

1. Fully uninstall the software and associated files using AppZapper, etc.

2. What you really need to ensure is removed are the preference files at ~/Library/Preferences/ so you don't *actually* need to remove all of the program....but that's often the easier route.

Mac Hacker said...

Daniel - the link posted is the one I used. I don't start the program, I just get the application sat on my desktop (little picture of a devil). Then, open the zip file to get the .dat file - use the one with RPC1 in the title and drag and drop that on top of the "little devil".

You might need to run as administrator if you are not.

You might need to fix permissions using Disk Utility if there are still issues.

Lucas said...

Hey man
Thanks for the tips about making a macbook pro a free region dvd player but on mine didn't work...
Is that any way that we can get in contact?
I get msn: lucasmcv@msn.com
and skype: lucascabral_

thanks

Lucas Cabral

Mac Hacker said...

I found this on the RPC1.org site for those having problems installing with the original set of instructions I posted:

You can start the flasher manually as a work around. Copy the simple_flash binary from MatshitaFlasher.app/Contents/Resources and the firmware KB19_rpc1.dat file you want to you to the desktop, start Terminal, run
cd Desktop
and start the flasher with
./simple_flash 0 KB19_rpc1

Of course, you still try this at your own risk.

Good luck.

alpog said...

Followed the instructions and everything works fine, including VLC/Handbrake, but not Mac the Ripper or Aimersoft DVD Backup. I did use AppZapper and downloaded the latest version of DVD Backup, but it still goes into waiting indefinitely. Any idea what that could be?

Mac Hacker said...

Did you ensure that the associated preference files had been removed. I'm not having a problem with Mac The Ripper but I don't use the other program you mentioned.

alpog said...

@Seems AppZap didn't get it all - now, after manual clean-up of preferences, MTR is happy, again. Thanks!

ash123uk said...

PLEASE HELP

I installed everything like i'm sure i should have.

I used DVD Info to see if it was set, it was set to region 2 with 4 changes left.

So i put a DVD in and when i was asked to change the region code, i did to 1.

Using Region X, i have changed the changes left back to 5.

put in a Region 2 DVD and it states that i have 3 changes left??? Even though i used Region X to make the changes i have left 5 again.

Please help me where i'm going wrong. i'm not great with computers but i am not totally useless, any help is greatly appreciated,

Thanks

ash123uk said...

PLEASE HELP

I installed everything like i'm sure i should have.

I used DVD Info to see if it was set, it was set to region 2 with 4 changes left.

So i put a DVD in and when i was asked to change the region code, i did to 1.

Using Region X, i have changed the changes left back to 5.

put in a Region 2 DVD and it states that i have 3 changes left??? Even though i used Region X to make the changes i have left 5 again.

Please help me where i'm going wrong. i'm not great with computers but i am not totally useless, any help is greatly appreciated,

Thanks

Mac Hacker said...

Ash123UK, DVD Info X should read:

DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive.

Vendor: MATSHITA
Model: DVD-R UJ-868
Firmware: KB19
RPC-1 (region free)

Does yours say RPC-1 (region free)?

ash123uk said...

Thanks for getting back to me.

This is the info that is on the DVD Info:



DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE
capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive.

Vendor: MATSHITA
Model: DVD-R UJ-868
Firmware: KB19
RPC-2 (region locked)
State is SET
4 vendor resets left
3 region changes left
Region 1

Mac Hacker said...

So you're still RPC-2. That means your drive is not region free and Region X will not do anything. Try cracking again. Follow the steps in the tutorial. Ensure you are RPC-1 before you try to play disks from other regions again or you'll burn up another switch.

I don't *THINK* you can go region free if you've burnt up all your possible resets (from what I've read, not prepared to try for myself).

Good luck.

ash123uk said...

Hey i think i have sorted it.

i did the flashing again, and then DVD info stated:

Vendor: MATSHITA
Model: DVD-R UJ-868
Firmware: KB19
RPC-1 (region free)

so all i do is keep setting Region X to Not set, with 5 changes left and whatever region the DVD that i am inserting sets the region code to that of the DVD entered.

That's really cool! Thanks so much for you help and your great website :)

L&D guy said...

Bloody love you!

To clarify for others - I had firmware ka13, and have updated to kb19-rpc1 with no problems at all - got an unlocked drive now!

Andrew said...

Hey - just wanted to say Thanks - I looked into doing this a few months back and got nowhere.

For the Record I've got the UJ-868 firmware - revision KB19 - the flash worked flawlessly and I am now region free : )

Long live MacBook Hacker

TC said...

Thanks. It worked great. I am now RPC1 enabled. It worked great.

Mark_DaCouscous said...

I managed to flash the player and all and now it won't burn anything... It says (I'm french so I translate it approximately I guess) that the material was not able to calibrate the laser and it could not burn it...

Mac Hacker said...

Mark

I had a problem with my original DVD drive that required Apple replace it. However, I did not see the message you see. I'd recommend flashing back to the original software (also included in the same files) and test again. I don't know if there is something in the French language files that makes this different.

A French resource that might help you out is at http://www.macbook-fr.com/dossiers/dvd_dezonage_fr_article29.html

itinerantindigent said...

that worked! you rock! Havent tried a DVD yet, but DVD info showed what it should. Thanks.
Phil.

Luis Carlos said...

HI!
I've been trying this for days! Very handy tutorial thank you so much! But after getting this on the terminal window:

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Continue?

What should I do??? Nothing happens!!!

PLEASE, HELP!!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!

Mac Hacker said...

It's asking you if you want to continue.

Type Y if you do or N if you don't.

You probably want to type Y ;o)

Good luck

Luis Carlos said...

DUDE!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

DVD INFO SAYS REGION FREE!!!!

LETS SEE IF I CAN INDEED PLAY ANY DVD!!!

SERIOUSLY, THANKS A LOT!!!

Luis Carlos said...

YEAH! IT WORKS PERFECTLY!!!

I'M SO HAPPY NOW!!!

THE FUCKING APPLE PROGRAMMERS AND DESIGNERS WORK HARD TO MAKE US FEEL SUCH PAIN... BLOODY BASTARDS...

BUT THANKS TO SMART AND KINDHEARTED PEOPLE SUCH AS YOU, WE CAN FULLY ENJOY OUR MACS!!!

LONG LIFE TO MACBOOK HACKER!!

Mac Hacker said...

Making the drives region specific isn't Apple's call. They have to put in the code to tie the drive to one region because of the motion picture studios demand this DRM. PCs have a wonderful piece of software called "DVD Region+CSS Free" but those of us using Macs must hack our computers. Still, Apple would most likely prefer to not have to write this extra code.

Cristian Andres C said...

hi i have serious problem reading dvd dl what can i do i've tried to to restore the settings flashing with the file that you provide me but nothings happens. please help me. thx

Mac Hacker said...

Not sure what the problem is. Describe the symptoms and what you've done to your computer to get it to this state. OS version, etc.

wsw said...

THANK YOU +++

wsw said...

THX MAN +++

ReVeLaTeD said...

Those getting the notorious "could not open device" error, make sure you don't have any drives mapped, or dmgs mounted, or anything "drive" related besides the hard drive in the computer.

kmt279 said...

AMAZING!!!!!!! Can't say thank you enough!!!

Mac Hacker said...

Sara - if you're new at this I'd really recommend following the initial instructions as they are much easier to follow. However, if you are sure that you really want to follow the second set of instructions from the comments, then:

1. Get simple_flash binary from MatshitaFlasher.app/Contents/Resources. Do this by going to the application called "MatshitaFlasher" that you downloaded, control-click (or right click if you have a two button mouse) on the file and select "Show Contents". Dig down in that folder until you find the simple_flash binary.
2. Get the firmware KB19_rpc1.dat file you want from rpc1.org (see main post for the correct page).
3. Put both on your desktop.
4. Start the Terminal program located in your Utilities folder which is in your Applications folder (\Applications\Utilities\Terminal)
5. Type "run
cd Desktop". Hit enter.
6. Start the flasher by typing "./simple_flash 0 KB19_rpc1". Hit enter.

You should be set. This should all work but again, as you are a novice user, I highly recommend using the initial method if you are sure you want to do this.

Good luck.

Mac Hacker said...

The above was in reply to a question from Sara:

"Sara has left a new comment on your post "MacBook Pro now Region Free (Matshita DVD-R UJ-868...":

" You can start the flasher manually as a work around. Copy the simple_flash binary from MatshitaFlasher.app/Contents/Resources and the firmware KB19_rpc1.dat file you want to you to the desktop, start Terminal, run
cd Desktop
and start the flasher with
./simple_flash 0 KB19_rpc1"

Sorry I'm new to this.. what do you mean by simple_flash binary from....

Is that what you get from the terminal after typing it?

Again... new... sorry for the possibly stupid questions "

For some reason, the question didn't post but I got it in my e-mail. See the post above this one for my response. Good luck.

Sara said...

oh my gosh it worked haha thanks so much!!

the way you put it is so easy even for a novice like meto understand!!

thanks for the warning though.. i tried the 1st one even after making sure there are no drives and everything and it didn't work but this one did... i dunno if that's weird but whatever works :P

love your blog btw

Sara said...

oh last question...

does this way also work with the other file?
the one that changes it back to the original?
or should i just try to use the first one for it?

Mac Hacker said...

Sara - Both would work.

Ian said...

Thanks for the info. Tried this but get the following output from the MatshitaFlasher in Terminal:

"Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device"

Everything checks out in terms of my drive and firmware revision, no application accessing the drive, no disc in the drive, etc.

Any clues? Thanks!

Mac Hacker said...

I've not seen this problem. A quick search on Google shows that there have been some problems with Windows users and the driver not applying correctly. Perhaps re-updating the firmware (standard, region-locked) prior to attempting the region-free firmware.

Tomarsh said...

Hi,

Real simple and elegant post. Thank you very much. My only question is regarding the Region X (1.8) which does not have zero in it. As I understand it the Region X will lock my region. So I am not sure what is the point of it.
And also it does not show zero. It shows not set to 5 remaining and the list of regions on the other side of the window.

Mac Hacker said...

Tomarsh, this "region free" nomenclature is somewhat misleading. You do not really have a region free drive. What you have a drive that you can reset indefinitely which, in essence, gives you a "region free" drive. You need to set it to something.

Region X will allow you to reset the count. You can, if you wish, also set your drive to a region when you use the program. You wil have to when you watch a DVD. The maximum number of resets is 5 so setting it to 5 means you have not set a region (essentially setting it to zero).

Hope that clears things up.

purnnamu said...

Thank you so much. I came to watch my legal DVDs with two different region codes on my Macbook.

atticus said...

Hi. I tried this and the multi-region works but now I cant play any audio CD's. They whirr in the player then eject without appearing on the desktop. Any ideas?

Mac Hacker said...

Sounds like a hardware problem. If you go back (stop it being Region Free) are you then able to play CDs?

nigameash said...

I've got the same problem.

"Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device"

any fixes for this out?

Mac Hacker said...

Nigamesh - same problem as who?Is this when you try to burn a CD?

nigameash said...

I have the same problem as Ian. This happens when the terminal window opens up after I drag the firmware onto the matshitaflasher app.

atticus said...

How do I stop it being region free?

Mac Hacker said...

The firmware .zip file mentioned in the original article typically includes two firmware .dat files. One is to make the drive Region Free, the other will put it back to factory settings (not region free). Use the "other" .dat file to stop it being region free. Especially useful if you have to take the computer in for warranty work.

Russ & Irena said...

I note the following post from some months back:-

C3Po said...

Hey, it seemed quite clear & easy but after dropping the dat file my terminal window popped this message:

calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/diegxxx/Downloads/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1/KB19_rpc1.dat

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
Could not open device

Any clue what am missing?

Thx!
March 7, 2010 2:45 AM


I am now experiencing exactly the same issue. As no solution was offered back then, I have researched around as best I can (I am no expert, far from it). I would like your opinion of the best way please :)

From what I can see, it appears that my current MAC OS X 10.6.4 will not allow the Matshita drive to be flashed. There are 2 solutions I have picked up,
1) Revert to earlier OS X version like 10.6, Matshita Flasher should then work. Then Update OS X back to more recent version.
2) Use a Windows Matshita Flasher to add the K19_rpc1.dat file. But I haven't found a Windows Matshita Flasher app to do this with.

Can you give me any guidance here on the best way I should proceed?
Thanking you very much in anticipation of a cracker response.
Cheers Russ

Mac Hacker said...

From http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=46116&p=228965&hilit=matshitaflasher#p228965 I see that there is a compatibility issue with Mac OS 10.6.5. I will post a link to the new Matshitaflasher that is compatible with 10.6.5 when I see that it is available. For now, the solution suggested is to revert to an earlier version of the mac OS (use a bootable CD, for example).

Russ & Irena said...

Thank you very much for your assistance here MacBook Hacker. In your experience, how long before a Matshita Flasher compatiable with 10.6.5 is available?

Mac Hacker said...

Last update to Matshita Flasher was almost a year ago. I know that the group at rpg1 are aware of the conflict. I don't know if they will wait and see if 10.6.6 will fix the problem before they put effort into solving the problem.

Contact ala42 at http://forum.rpc1.org as I believe he was the last person to update the software.

atticus said...

Tried to flah back to factory settings. Now get this:


fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

logout

[Process completed]

any thoughts?

Thanks

Mac Hacker said...

Looks to be the same issue. You'll have to either downgrade your mac to an earlier OS version or wait until Matshita Flasher is updated. There's rumors that the next Mac OS will come out in a couple of weeks to support the Apple Store and that in-and-of-itself might fix the problem.

Carsten said...

I have the same question and hope that a new version of the matshita flasher will be available soon. Otherwise I will buy an external DVD drive for my MacBook Pro 15".
Has anyone a good recommendation which external Drive works well with Mac Book Pro?
Thx C

Babette said...

Hi,
I am actually on RC 1 (which is not my home region) with my Macbook Pro - version 10.6.5 carrying a Matshita DVD-R UJ-858 and KB19 firmware.

For I have nearly used all my region code change options I need to make sure, that my last change - to get a region free dvd player - really works. Worst case scenario would be to be stuck in the wrong region.

If I would boot with my OSX-DVD (in case I find it), what do I have to do after that? My English might not be sophisticated enough to get everything that is written in the how-to, so please be kind and explain it step by step!

I'd love to use it again around Christmas...

Thanks!

Mac Hacker said...

Babette - as it stands now, you need to downgrade your OS to 10.6.4 and then follow the instructions in the post.

67 GTO said...

Thank You Mr MacBook Hacker, Not Only Did I Have No More Region Switches Left, But I'm In Budapest and almost All of My DVD's are Region 1, And My First Year MacBook Black Intel Was Left As Region 2 after My Wife Played a DVD From Here in Budapest. Not Only Did It Work But I Now Have No Problems Playing Any Region DVD, In The Windows Portion of My MacBook. THANK YOU You Saved My MacBook, That I Love More Than My Quad Core PC. 200% Totaly Awsome You Rule From Tech at PoorBoyTech,com

67 GTO said...

Thank You Mr MacBook Hacker, Not Only Did I Have No More Region Switches Left, But I'm In Budapest and almost All of My DVD's are Region 1, And My First Year MacBook Black Intel Was Left As Region 2 after My Wife Played a DVD From Here in Budapest. Not Only Did It Work But I Now Have No Problems Playing Any Region DVD, In The Windows Portion of My MacBook. THANK YOU You Saved My MacBook, That I Love More Than My Quad Core PC. 200% Totaly Awsome You Rule

k1m3r4 said...

Can i fix the "laser calibration error" with this firmware modification?

k1m3r4 said...

Can i fix the "laser calibration error" with this firmware modification?

Mac Hacker said...

k1m3r4 - I seriously doubt it.

k1m3r4 said...

Damn, do someone knows about this common problem? Someone says it's caused by the last firmware update and i think it is possible, cause after that day i had problems burning the same dvds i was burning before...

guy said...

surprised no one has mentioned this yet. If you are running bootcamp use the very easy (and similar) instructions here

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=46246

from windows.

Worked a treat for me running Windows XP SP3

Chris said...

i got a strange message:

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

logout

[Process completed]

what do i do!? i have no idea any more....

Mac Hacker said...

Chris - You must be running 10.6.5. Downgrade to 10.6.4 or see the post above yours which talks about using Boot Camp.

Babette said...

Hi, I am back again.
please explain how I downgrade from (now) 10.6.6 to 10.6.4 or wether I can use Parallels too instead of Bootcamp and how I would fix my region code problem throught my windows platform?

I would love to use my DVD-Player again, because VLC does not work properly...
Thanks again!

Mac Hacker said...

Perhaps the easiest way to use an older version of the OS is to use an external bootable disk with an earlier version of the MacOS on it.

I have not tried the Windows route (Parallels or Boot Camp) but the instructions are presented here: http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=46246 (thanks to Guy).

The flasher has not been updated to counter the issues seen with 10.6.5 which persists with 10.6.6.

I would ensure that I had a good back up before I tried anything though.

Spookpadda said...

I'm from Australia and live in South Africa. I've bought DVDs online from South Africa, UK, Japan (all R2), Australia (R4) and USA (R1). To me region locking is a complete waste of time: a hassle for the customer but minimum bother for mass production pirates - it probably also contravenes GATT international trade regulations. Anyway, I've just followed your recipe and it seems to work a treat (I haven't tried ripping or writing yet). My system is a Macbook Pro 15", OS X 10.6.3, Matshita DVD-R UJ-898 HC10. Hamba Kakuhle MacBook Hacker

christoff said...

I did everyting like you said. My system profiler said I have a MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868: with KB 19 firmware. However when I flashed the new KB_rpc1.dat file the terminal window said :



fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

logout

[Process completed]

What now?

Mac Hacker said...

You need to be running a pre 10.6.4 version of the OS. There are Agee alternatives discussed in the notes but that's the easiest route to get this to work right now.

nicholas aujalay said...

Hi
I guess I am not the most computer savy around... I am now running 10.6.6
thus, do I need do revert my machine to 10.6.3 do proceed with the region free instructions as mentioned above? How to go about that?
When i tried initially to open Matsushita firmware changer it said I needed to install Rosetta... And this I did not manage to do... maybe I am a lost cause...
any help appreciated
Nicholas

Mac Hacker said...

Easiest way is to boot from a DVD with an earlier OS on it.

deborah_ho19 said...

Hey!

I'm using a Matashita UJ-898 HC10 drive and I have absolutely no clue how to make the dvd player region-free. I tried searching for a firmware for it as per your instructions but couldnt find anything. Could you please help? I'm totally lost and stuck at square 1.

Thanks a lot!

Mac Hacker said...
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dvinas said...

Yes there is one for UJ-898 HC10:

http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=view&id=5768

It's referenced on this page:

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=46116

Mac Hacker said...

dvinas, thanks for the update.

CHRISTINA said...

Hello,
First off: I am a techno-tard. Not very pc, but very accurate. I've no idea what almost anything is or what to do - bearing that in mind: I followed your instructions to the letter and everything worked a treat. All the prompts and everything happened the way you said it would. The whole Region X "count to zero" thing was very confusing till i read in the comments that setting the "changes left" to 5 = setting the count to zero. I also changed the "Region" to "Not set" in hopes that it would automatically change when I put a dvd in. So, I put my legally purchased in the uk region 2+4 dvd in my legally purchased american mac and nothing happens - the disc spins, but no windows pop up and the dvd player can't play it, and then the spinning stops and I can't eject. I have to restart the computer and hold down the trackpad to get it to eject. I even tried setting the region to region 2 using Region X and *then* putting the dvd in, but the same thing happens. I noticed you said that this only works for drives with some writing capability - that may be why the regular mac dvd player won't work but how do I play the dvds then? Like you, I simply want to play the dvds i legally purchased on my mac (I have macbook pro 15" matshitadvd-r UJ-868 KB19) but maybe I need a new way to play them??
Please help a hopelessly analog person out!
Thanks so much in advance! - Tina

CHRISTINA said...

Hello,
First off: I am a techno-tard. Not very pc, but very accurate. I've no idea what almost anything is or what to do - bearing that in mind: I followed your instructions to the letter and everything worked a treat. All the prompts and everything happened the way you said it would. The whole Region X "count to zero" thing was very confusing till i read in the comments that setting the "changes left" to 5 = setting the count to zero. I also changed the "Region" to "Not set" in hopes that it would automatically change when I put a dvd in. So, I put my legally purchased in the uk region 2+4 dvd in my legally purchased american mac and nothing happens - the disc spins, but no windows pop up and the dvd player can't play it, and then the spinning stops and I can't eject. I have to restart the computer and hold down the trackpad to get it to eject. I even tried setting the region to region 2 using Region X and *then* putting the dvd in, but the same thing happens. I noticed you said that this only works for drives with some writing capability - that may be why the regular mac dvd player won't work but how do I play the dvds then? Like you, I simply want to play the dvds i legally purchased on my mac (I have macbook pro 15" matshitadvd-r UJ-868 KB19) but maybe I need a new way to play them??
Please help a hopelessly analog person out!
Thanks so much in advance! - Christina

CHRISTINA said...

Amendment to my earlier post: feeling very foolish here, I closed out everything and the minute dvd info x was closed the dvd player started and the computer asked me if I wanted to change the region to play the dvd (warning I only had 5 times to do this). I just ended up agreeing and switching to region 2 from region 1. Does this mean it worked? Or did I simply change the region and now have only 4 more changes available before it locks? How/Where can I check this on my computer? Specifically I need a way I can tell whether I can now change as much as I like or if I'm still at square one. Step by step would be most appreciated as I'm obviously rubbish at this. Thanks!

Mac Hacker said...

Christina: If the Mac told you that you have only five changes left then it thinks that the region has never been set (per your comment that you set the count to "Not Set"). It looks like it worked. Try going back to Region X and set it back to "Not Set" and then play another disk - you should get the same message.

Also, if you ran DVD Info X and look at it, the last line should read "RPC-1 (region free)". That would also confirm that your Mac is region free.

Without being able to see your computer, the description that you have given suggests that it all worked for you.

Let me know if I've misinterpreted your posts and you need some more help. My apologies for the slow response, I've been on the road for a few days.

NicBee said...

Mate, you are a total life saver. Had mistakenly used up all my DVD play lifelines before I realised I had a problem. Trawled forever for info and you're the only one with an answer that has worked! MANY THANKS. FYI for others with similar prob... I had to reinstall OSX 10.6.3 (from 10.6.6) and followed the instructions for MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898 HC09 (using firmware HC10). Has worked a treat and once one knows what to do - relatively painless! Thanks to all who have contributed the software fixes for this one. APPLE better get a better fix for this one in the future!

Mario Cassettari said...

Hi,

I'm from Brazil.
I have MATSHITA UJ-898 HC09
I made a lot of downloads and nothing works.
Can you help me.

Tks
Mario
cassettari.mario@gmail.com

Mario Cassettari said...

Hi,

I'm from Brazil.
I have MATSHITA UJ-898 HC09
I made a lot of downloads and nothing works.
Can you help me.
Tks
Mario

Mac Hacker said...

Mario, I think you need to first update the firmware to UJ-898 HC10 and then download the software to make it region free from http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=view&id=5768.

The second issue might be the OS that you are running. You need to be at a version prior to 10.6.4. Either revert to an earlier version or run from a DVD with an earlier OS.

Good Luck.

Rodrigo said...

hey dude!

i have a huge doubt...

my firmware is matshita dvd-r UJ-898 HA07

i already found the firmware and also downloaded the matshita flasher...but when i tried to run the .dat the message that appeared was:

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898 HA07
fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

honestly i don't understand what it means or what could i do...so i ask for your help!!

thanks!

Rodrigo said...

oh i forgot to specify that my mac is just a macbook of 13'', not a macbook pro...

Mac Hacker said...

Rodrigo, if you get a message that says "fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device" then you are most likely running an OS too new. You need to be running a version 10.6.3 or earlier.

Anthony said...

i have used the rpc1 for my matshita dvd-r uj-868 kb19 and i have this message in terminal any comments thanks in advance

Last login: Wed Apr 6 22:51:18 on ttys000
Anthony-Nammours-MacBook-Pro:~ anthonynammour$ /Users/anthonynammour/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher.app/Contents/Resources/call_simple_flash ; exit;


calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/anthonynammour/Downloads/Applications/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1 2/KB19_rpc1.dat

simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB19
fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

logout

[Process completed]

Mac Hacker said...

If you get a message that says "fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device" then you are most likely running an OS too new. You need to be running a version 10.6.3 or earlier. Either revert to an earlier OS or boot from a CD running an earlier version. Good luck.

852f2f12-6635-11e0-9cc3-000bcdcb5194 said...

Updated version of MatshitaFlasher confirmed working up to 10.6.7 here https://rapidshare.com/files/457842304/MatshitaFlasher_0.6.zip

Stephan W. said...

Updated Mashitaflasher worked like a charm for me.

Early 2011 MBP, OS X version 10.6.7 and MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898 firmware version HE13.

Files for this firmware version downloadable via: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ipygdpak3dpl774/UJ-898_HE13_Stock_RPC1.zip

Cheers!

Stephan W. said...

Making my early 2011 MBP region free with updated Matshitaflasher worked like a charm.

OS X version 10.6.7 and MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898 firmware version HE13.

Files for this firmware version downloadable via: http://www.mediafire.com/file/ipygdpak3dpl774/UJ-898_HE13_Stock_RPC1.zip

Mac Hacker said...

Thanks Stephan W. I updated the link in the original post to reflect that the new Matshitaflasher works with an OS post 10.6.3.

Mac Hacker said...

Zalmund: It means you need to reset the count after 5 REGION CHANGES, not 5 DVD plays. Now, if the DVDs you play are all from different regions, then that number will be the same but it is the number of region changes that is important. Also, the MAC will warn you that this is your last region change and you should reset the count before making the last change.

d said...

HI MacBook Hacker thanks for this resource but im getting this error

calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/MBP/Desktop/KB19_rpc1.dat

dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022
/Users/MBP/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/call_simple_flash: line 7: 985 Trace/BPT trap ./simple_flash 0 "/Users/MBP/Desktop/KB19_rpc1.dat"

logout

[Process completed]

Ive not seen this error in your blog and have no idea i tried the older flasher as well as the newer one. on the older flasher from early last year i get the cannot open device error and with the newer one i get this error running MBP UJ-868 OS X 10.5.8 any ideas.

d said...

Hi hope someone can help im getting this error:

calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/MBP/Desktop/KB19_rpc1.dat

dyld: unknown required load command 0x80000022
/Users/MBP/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/call_simple_flash: line 7: 985 Trace/BPT trap ./simple_flash 0 "/Users/MBP/Desktop/KB19_rpc1.dat"

logout

[Process completed]

This is with the new 0.6 flasher, when i use the older flasher from last year i get the "Could not open device" error

Im on MBP 2009 10.5.8 UJ-868 with KB19 firmware.

I have been having problems with burning though lately but can read dvds and cds...

Any help would be appreciated.

Mac Hacker said...

d: Problems with burning may mean a problem with the drive (I had a problem with my drive burning). I took mine to Apple to be fixed under warranty.

niccopav said...

Worked perfectly to me following this instructions: http://app-cloud.blogspot.com/2011/01/region-free-macbook-pro-matshita-dvd-r.html
Macbook Pro 13" unibody, Mac Os X 10.6.7, MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868 firmware KB19. Thank you very much.

Mac Hacker said...

Well it should NiccoPav as those are the same instructions posted here...but its still a nice way to advertise your blog anyway. :D

Some good content there. Good luck with it.

callmebecs said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Nothing worse than fluffing your pillows, settling back on a Sundee night, flipping open that shiny new mac... and being greeted with that goddamn 'region' countdown crap!#@!@ grrr! Your step by step guide to MBP Region Free was awesome - big ups to Stephan W who provided the link to UJ-868 HE13 that I needed (http://www.mediafire.com/?ipygdpak3dpl774) ... chaps, I am so grateful!

callmebecs said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Nothing worse than fluffing your pillows, settling back on a Sundee night, flipping open that shiny new mac... and being greeted with that goddamn 'region' countdown crap!#@!@ grrr! Your step by step guide to MBP Region Free was awesome - big ups to Stephan W who provided the link to UJ-868 HE13 that I needed (http://www.mediafire.com/?ipygdpak3dpl774) ... chaps, I am so grateful!

Aaron said...

What about not being able to burn on Verbatim -R DL??? I am so pissed about this. I've tried all possible tricks. With these new (10 pcs) pack of Verbatim -R DL it won't even read them... trying for a minute or two and eject.
Hacker, do you have any suggestions?

Aaron said...

Hacker, I've tried 4 new Verbatim -R DL, and now my f@#$%^ Matshita, won't even read em. I am so pissed... I just want to take my MacBook Pro and through in on the river... Damn.

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

Hi, I have Lion installed and it doesn't run on PowerPC apps, can you help me please? the flasher is PowerPC application :S

Mac Hacker said...

K3V1NL3$$Y - try booting from your earlier CD and then installing. That should work. I cannot test until I can get my hands on a copy of Lion which is not readily available through legal channels to me yet.

Mac Hacker said...

Aaron - have you tried another brand of disks? Is the problem the same or is it just the brand you mentioned?

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

Alright, that sounds a good idea...

Thanks :D

fabia distefano said...

i have a macbook pro with this info: MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-8A8, Firmware Revision: HA13.
can you guide me in the right direction where i find what i need to make it region free?
thx, fabia

Mac Hacker said...

Sorry Fabia. That firmware is not available yet. See http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=category&id=692 for a full list of available Matshita files. Yours will be posted there when it is available.

Jorge said...

Hi Mac Hacker,

i got a Problem i´ve followed the steps for flashing with the instrucctions and when i check with the RPC state it show this up:

DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive.
no vendor
no firmware
nothing more
what can be wrong?
Thanks

Mac Hacker said...

Jorge - Looks like you have a disk in your drive. You need to eject the disk for Info X to work.

mattti said...

Thanks for the article, it worked like a charm!

Anonymous said...

Hello - DVD Info needs to be updated version X-3 [http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16366/dvd-info-x-3/] for 10.6.7 to one in instructions
----
I am not technical, so please verify posting - this is what I did and it WORKED
----
Snow Leopard 10.6.7
UJ-898_HC10_Stock_RPC1.zip
HC10

1 there were 2 files in my unzip of "UJ-898_HC10_Stock_RPC1.zip" - I chose UJ-898_HC10_RPC1.dat

2 Dropped this file onto app - Terminal confirmed [process complete]
----
3 DL and unzipped app
DVD_Info_X_1_02 using your link
http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=view&id=5720

error:
Cannot open DVD_Info_X_1_02 as it may be damaged or incomplete.

Got latest version of DVD Info
from:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/16366/dvd-info-x-3/

DVD Info ran and confirmed RPC-1 region free
---
Ran Region X
and could NOT FIND a ZERO (0) or X setting

Instructions say:
"Reset the RPC region count back to zero with Region X."

So I choose:
"Not Set" under Region Column
and it switched Changes left column automatically to 5

-----
Question:
Does this mean I need to complete this process each time I get to 1 left?

thankyou for a super duper blog!!!!

Mac Hacker said...

Anonymous - yes it does. It's not really a method to produce a region free drive but rather a hack to allow you to reset the number of changes left. You will need to reset when you get down to 1 or 2 changes left.

Anonymous said...

Any Idea if there is a Firmware available for UJ-898 HA07??

thanks so much,
m

Mac Hacker said...

Anonymous - I could not find a firmware upgrade fro UJ-898 HA07

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much again.I used your again for my new MBP (2011).I had a Matshita DVD-R UJ-898 Firmware Revision:HE13.I simply downloaded UJ-898_HC10 file and just went ahead to change the region.Voila!It worked and now I can enjoy my DVDs from around the world.Thanks again! (-;

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Works perfectly for me!

MacEs said...

Thanks so much for your admirable patience and willingness to help everyone of us, Mr Macbook Hacker. For me it worked as well (MacOs 10.6.8, matshita UJ-867 FW HA13), after having committed some errors like not dropping the right file on the flasher or having a dvd inserted... :-) But after some retrying and restart it finally worked, thanks a lot!!!

Mac Hacker said...

MacEs - Happy to help just as others helped me. Shame we have to though. Enjoy your movies.

Coyote said...

I have a (probably stupid) question. I flashed the drive ok, but when I ran DVD Info X, nothing happened. I just got a popup saying "DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE
capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive."

Where did I screw up and how do I fix it? I'm fairly new at this Mac thing, so I probably made some beginner mistake...
Cheers

Mac Hacker said...

Coyote. Evidently there is a problem with DVD Info X and 10.6.5. If it was me, I would try Region X and set the count back to zero (Not Set) to ensure that worked.

Coyote said...

Mac Hacker, thanks much for your help and instructions. It seems to have worked (touch wood).

Ariane said...

Hi all
Lion does not allow the Matshita flasher to run "power pc app"... any ideas? thanks.

ariane

Mac Hacker said...

Ariane - it will still work if you boot from a DVD running an earlier system. Also, hack the drive before you update to Lion. Lion was only just released so there will be an update to Matshita Flasher in time.

Saiman said...

Hi I am currently having media write errors when trying to burn. I have used three kinds of new media and no luck.

Would doing this region free thing help me? I am on KB19 too.

Thanks :)

Saiman said...

Hi I am currently having media write errors when trying to burn. I have used three kinds of new media and no luck.

Would doing this region free thing help me? I am on KB19 too.

Thanks :)

Mac Hacker said...

Salman - most likely not. It sounds more like a hardware problem. If you're computer is under warranty, I'd take it to the Apple Store.

kariiinx said...

Thank you sooooooo much for this, my mac is UJ898 HE13 and finally after a whole day I can watch my Region 1 DVD'S I'm from Chile but most of my DVD'S are bought in USA so I'm very happy, thanks again to you and to the guy who post the update that works for my Mac :)

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

Hey, I have a bother drive but it's on RPC 2, the firmware is available to download, tried to bypass the matshita thing but it won't let me, can you help me Mac hacker?

Thanks,

Mac Hacker said...

I can try. Post details of the drive that you and the OS you use.

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

Thnx for the quick reply, it's matsh*ta dvd-r uj 857E firmware ZB03, RPC2 on mac 10.6.7

K3V1N

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

hey, in case my last comment didn't go through, thnx for the quick reply, that laptop is a mac os x 10.6.7, Matshita DVD-R UJ 857E, firmware ZB0E, RPC 2, 1 region change left, 4 vendor resets left.

thnx beforehand,
K3V1N

Mac Hacker said...

I looked around in a few places K3V1NL3$$Y. I couldn't find anything for the firmware you have.

K3V1NL3$$Y said...

Its alright, but thnx for trying :)

Babette said...

Hi,
I posted earlier before, but didn't get a chance to downgrade my mac to 10.6.4.

Today - as I got my Macbook Pro back after having it fixed - I would like to try it again. I am a little bit anxious, because I have only one switch (is at RC1 at the moment and I live in RC2-Land) left.

As I think I will be stuck at RC1 if I make a mistake, I need to make sure, I understood everything.

Is the post at the beginning of this page still the way to go, if you have the same drive?

Thanks

Babette

Mac Hacker said...

Babette - you do not need to downgrade as we talked about earlier (in Leopard or Snow Leopard, does not work in Lion yet). Make sure you use this MatshitaFlasher https://rapidshare.com/files/457842304/MatshitaFlasher_0.6.zip. Get the firmware from the first post. Good luck.

Babette said...

Hej,
had to stop by to thank you! I did it and it worked! I had the same drive (UJ 868 and KB 19) as you. But when I flashed it said I had KB1 instead of KB19. I said yes anyway and did not have to regret it!

Now I can watch my whole DVD-collection again! You are my hero!

Bye
Babette

Anonymous said...

Hey!
i have a macbook pro 17' and the dvd drive is Matshita DVD-R UJ-868 with KB19.
my only problem is that my computer won't read matshita flasher because it says that there is no application to open it.
Because of that, i can't drop the other file on it either.
Is there any way to solve this?
Thank you :)

Mac Hacker said...

My guess is that you are on Lion so can't open a PowerPC app. If that's the case, you can downgrade or boot from an earlier DVD and then run the flasher.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I do indeed have Lion, and kind of regret it now..
How would it be possible to downgrade?
Thanks! :)

Mac Hacker said...

Easiest way is to use an old back-up. Or boot from a DVD with an earlier OS on it. Or maybe Time Machine if you sue that (I don't so can't test out that theory). I'd guess that there'll be a non-PowerPC version in the not too distant future too.

fergsoverseas said...

Hi Mac Hacker!
Could you please advise me where and when do you think I could acquire a version of MatshitaFlasher for 10.7? I am trying to make my
Model: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868
Revision: KB19
region free.
Help me please!!!

Mac Hacker said...

Sorry, I have no idea. I will post any updates I find here though.

Anyone else with information?

fletchwaa said...

Another happy customer!!!

Thanks mac hacker

Fabio said...

Thanks for your work.
I'm waiting for the no-ppc version, meantime I didn't find UJ-85J FCQA firmware, just UJ-85JS, can you tell me if are the same or what, please?
Fabio.

Mac Hacker said...

Fabio - no not the same. I would avoid until the correct firmware is available.

jurek said...

love you man, saved my drive!

itinerantindigent said...

MacHacker, thanks for your work on this. I am stuck with Matshita flasher not working as I run Mac Lion. Any suggestions? You suggest booting from an earlier OS - I have SL here, but is it that simple? I didn't think I could just book in SL like that. I tried using Matshita Win Flasher under Parallels, and that looked ok, but returned an error (-258) - don't know what that means and it didn't work…
Thanks for your help
Phil, Afghanistan

Phil Sparrow said...

MacHacker, thanks for your work on this. I am stuck with Matshita flasher not working as I run Mac Lion. Any suggestions? You suggest booting from an earlier OS - I have SL here, but is it that simple? I didn't think I could just book in SL like that. I tried using Matshita Win Flasher under Parallels, and that looked ok, but returned an error (-258) - don't know what that means and it didn't work…
Thanks,
Phil
Afghanistans

Mac Hacker said...

Phil - you should be able to as long as your computer is not too new and there is no downgrade path. For additional options, try http://iphone5jailbreaktips.com/downgrade-os-x-lion-in-snow-leopard-instruction.html

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I held my breath a bit as I wasn't sure everything would work as smoothly as you said as I read that there were problems with the Matsushita drive flashing utility under 10.6.x, but everything worked like a charm! I can now watch my hybrid collection of R1 and R2 DVDs on my Mac.

Thank you very much!

Gabo said...

Mac Hacker
I need some help.

I have a MacPro
OS 10.6.8
With a
MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868:
Firmware Revision: KB19

I followed the steps you listed and the first results I've got are little different.

Wehn I drope/open the file
KB19_rpc1.dat with MastshitaFlasher 0.6.2 a window opens (Terminal is the name of the program) with this info

"compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
Could not open device

logout

[Process completed]"


When I drop/open the second file, KB19.dat, into the MatshitaFlasher 0.6 2 this is what I got after type the letter[y]

"compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB1
Continue? y
Finished

logout

[Process completed]"

As you noticed the number 9 is missing after the KB1, not sure why.

When I run DVD X I've got this message:

This is the info From DVD info X

DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE
capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive.

So I quick DVD Info X because I am not sure if my DVD is listed as RCP1.

I am doing something wrong? I need something extra to set the DVD to Region Free?

Could you help me?

Gabo said...

Hi Mac

I wonder if you can help me.

I followed your instructions but I am having different results.

I have a MacBook Pro
OS 10.6.8

MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868:
Firmware Revision: KB19

I downloaded the two files you suggested

KB19_rpc1.dat
KB19.dat

When I open/drop them using MatshitaFlasher 0.6 2 I've got

"file/Downloads/DVD Free Region Steps/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1/KB19_rpc1.dat

compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB1
Continue? y
Finished

logout

[Process completed]"

AND

"calling simple_flash with firmware file/Downloads/DVD Free Region Steps/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1/KB19.dat

compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-868 KB1
Continue? y
Finished

logout

[Process completed]"

As you noticed, the #9 is missing. No idea why.

Then I use DVD info X, and this is what I got.

"DVD Info X v1.0.2, by xvi (xvi@rpc1.org)

WARNING --- DVD Info X will only list DVD drives that have some WRITE
capabilities, like combos, DVD-R, DVD-RW, etc...
DVD-ROM-only drives will NOT be listed.
WARNING --- You also must eject any inserted medium to list the drive."

I don't want to use Region X until I am sure that the DVD is already listed as RPC1.

Could you tell me if I am doing something wrong?

Mac Hacker said...

Gabo - DVD Info X will tell you if your drive is now region free. It is safe to run and see what output you get.

Region X is the software to readjust your drive count. Avoid running this software until you confirmed that your software is region free using DVD Info X.

I have no idea why your response is missing the 9 from KB19 (unless your system is actually KB1).

Johnathan Loritsch said...

I'm having the same "does not appear to be a mashita device" issue.

I'm running on a 10.6.8 macbook pro, I have the updated mashita flasher, and I found the right firmware (GS23N SB07)

... and I think the problem could be that when I download & unzip the firmware from rpc1, I get an EXE file, not a DAT file...

What's the issue??

Mac Hacker said...

Johnathan - you got the Windows file if it is an .exe. You need to get the mac .dat file.

Anonymous said...

Hi I followed all the steps but the results saying that "Could not open device". Ihave excatly the same disc burning, but no luck

Mac Hacker said...

Anonymous. What were you trying to do and what said that it could not open device?

Selina said...

Dear MacBook Hacker,

Sadly, I have the
MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-8A8: HA13 on my MacBook Pro OS X 10.6.8
for which there is no firmware...yet.
Hope reigns supreme and I am sure that it is just a matter of time before some crafty person cracks it. Just wanted to applaud you on your patience and diligence in answering peoples questions. I spent days reading through pages of forums and blogs trying to find a way to flash my drive. I return here every so often to check your updates and know when the time comes, if I have any problems, you will do your best to help 'cause that's how nice you are. You rock.
Stay as sweet as you are.
x S

Selina said...
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Mac Hacker said...

Selina Thanks for your kind words

Kalvin said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?e6pgxa1jzaivpew

Selena -> There ya go. HA13 UJ-8A8. I have the same one. Enjoy

Kalvin said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?e6pgxa1jzaivpew

Selena -> There ya go. UJ-8A8 HA-13. I recommend flashing in Windows 7 like I did as the tools dont work in Lion, yet.

Mac Hacker said...

Thanks Kalvin.

To all, I have no way of confirming if this file works but it looks to have all the right attributes.

Rin said...

Hello.
I'm finding your info really helpful.
I have a Macbook pro version 10.6.8 and was wandering if there was a firmware for MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-868 KB19 that was available anywhere?
If not can you let me know what downgrading would mean? As in if I re boot by disk will I loose my data and need to reload from back up? And then will I be able to do upgrades and retain the region free setup? Sorry if these seem like dumb questions, I'm not entirely savvy to this. cheers.

Mac Hacker said...

Rin, follow the instructions in the initial post. The direct link is http://files.rpc1.org/index.php?act=view&id=5717 and you don't need to downgrade anymore (as you have not upgraded to Lion yet). It should be pretty easy.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how to unlock a zipped file on the mac. pro version 10.6.8?

Mac Hacker said...

Install unrar and use it, very simple interface. Input password to unlock. It is possible to open a Rar or Zip file with UnRar even if you do not have a password. However, this may not be entirely legal and it is not as easy to do. You will need to learn how to use Brute Forcer password jumpers and decryption software if you want to attempt it.

Mac Hacker said...

Ra1 said..."which somehow has been ejecting every dvd i try and use"

Ra1, it looks like you have a broken drive. Apple might make great computers but they use junk for their DVD drives. These things break often and the only solution I know is to take them in for replacement. The only reason the extended mac warranty made sense to me.

Claude said...

Dear Mac Hacker,

I too am running 10.6.8 on the original 2008 unibody metal MacBook (not Pro, per se) and am also getting the "Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device" in Terminal after I drop the KB19_rpc1.dat file onto MatshitaFlasher. I certainly am running a MATSHITA UJ-868, so I'm not quite sure why it's not working. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Cheers,

C

Mac Hacker said...

Claude

You must have gotten the older flasher. Downloading the newest version should solve the problem.

Claude said...

Dear Mac Hacker,

I feel like such a noob. Yes, you were completely right; with the 0.6 Flasher all works perfectly.

Greatly appreciate the swift response!

C

Mac Hacker said...

No problem, glad it worked out. Enjoy your movies.

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