Mat-shit-a issue...

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (DVD issues)' started by bdeprez, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. bdeprez

    bdeprez New Member

    Hi all,

    I have a BENQ Joybook S72 laptop with a Matshita UJ-840S drive, running firmware 1.5.
    My OS is WINXP SP2.

    Now I can't read discs other than region 2 (the region set by my DVD)... Tried different discs but I always get that long AnyDVD message clearling stating MATSHITA and the problems I might run into...

    An example:

    Summary for drive E: (AnyDVD
    MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-840S 1.50 503110KME1930002772
    Drive (Hardware) Region: 2

    Media is a DVD.
    Booktype: dvd-rom (version 1), Layers: 2 (opposite)
    Size of first Layer: 2078576 sectors (4059 MBytes)
    Total size: 4143012 sectors (8091 MBytes)

    Video DVD (or CD) label: MY_NAME_IS_EARL_S1_D2
    Media is CSS protected!
    Video Standard: NTSC
    Media is locked to region(s): 1!

    It's an NTSC Region 1 dvd...

    Could it be that I just have no luck with this drive and I should get a different one installed or is there any workaround available for this?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    from Frequently Asked Questions (READ BEFORE YOU POST)

    16. Help! I'm having problems playing discs from other regions with my Matshita drive! Why?

    Matshita (Panasonic oem) burners should really be avoided. They are cheap junk (which is probably why some laptop companies love these drives), die easily, and also suffer from region coding issues. Click this
  3. Coaster

    Coaster Well-Known Member

  4. bdeprez

    bdeprez New Member


    Hi all,

    thank you very much for your responses!

    I'll probably look into replacing my dvd-drive with a new one... Any tips on what make I should buy? Or does anything else than Matshita go?

  5. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

  6. deaacs

    deaacs Well-Known Member

    Well I recommend, personally, going with one that you can make RPC-1 (like liteon is always easy), you can find more information here: But then as you're an AnyDVD customer, you may not even care about this as AnyDVD can remove the region for you (as long as you don't use Matsushita drives that is).

    The reason for this is you'll perminantly have "unlimited" region changes (because all you'll ever have to do is delete the software region and it'll start all over again). Imgburn can remove the region coding from liteon drives, and maybe some others too (I'm not sure?) it really is a wonderful free burning tool.