Flash DVD Drive in an iMac

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I have an older Intel iMac at home, which is mainly used for browsing, chatting and movie viewing. Watching DVDs from different regions, I was forced to switch the region a couple of times, but alwas was careful to keep the last switch to make sure it ended up in my own region. But when I wanted to make the final switch, I was met with an unexplainalbe error code. I tried everything, but the issue couldn’t be fixed – even the local Mac store said there was no fix, and the guarantee wouldn’t cover either. So I left it that way for maybe a year and a half.

For some reason I gave it a new try recently. To my surprise I succeeded. I finally found a firmware patch for the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857D Drive. Now my drive is region-free. (more…)