A Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-850S internal computer DVD drive has the same restrictions as any other optical disc in a computer--video discs from areas of the country other than where the Matshitais is intended for use will not play. To remove the region code restrictions from the Matshita, also known as "unlocking," alter the way the DVD drive's operating system functions. The procedure requires the use of a few free PC programs but no special skills.
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Download a DVD information program to the desktop. Double-click the file to decompress it to a program on the desktop. Double-click the program on the desktop. Click the drop-down menu. Select the "Matshita" DVD drive. Write down the model number and firmware number that is now presented on the window on a piece of paper. Quit the program (see Resources).
Go to a firmware information website. Enter the Matshita DVD drive's full name in the "Search" field on the Web page. Click the "Start" button. Verify that the link that appears matches the information you had written down.
Click the link for the firmware update that appears beneath the "Search" field. Double-click the file once it's downloaded to decompress it to a program on the desktop. Double-click the program on the desktop and follow the menu commands to disable the region-checking capabilities of the Matshita. Quit the program and restart the computer once you have finished.
Download a program to remove the region-checking capabilities in the Windows operating system; for example, the DVD Region Killer program. Double-click the file to decompress it to a program on the desktop. Double-click the program on the desktop. Follow the menu commands to run the program. Quit the program and restart the computer once the program has finished.
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