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DVD Area Code Region Coding

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Hey Gents, can someone help me?

I changed region code from 1 to 2 and front display shows me only menu of DVD disc and Rear DVD still says unknown code. I guess we changed wrong player. Can someone please tell me how I can change it for back DVD and why the front one doesn't play it?

Also vehicle profile still says:
[102] 697_DVD_CODE_1_US_CAN
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For the front, since you are not getting an "Unknown Code" error, it looks like the coding of Area-Code 2 for DVD worked. I'm not sure why it isn't playing the DVD though. Are you sure the DVD is Region 2 coded, and again, is the DVD NTSC encoded, as I doubt PAL encoded DVD's will play at all, no matter if the DVD Player's region matches.

As for the Rear, I do not know for sure, but it should have it's own ECU, likely called RSE. In it, it should have the same parameter, or something very similar in name as the CIC AREA_CODE_DVD setting that can be changed as well.

I would not worry about the VO Option, as your FDL Coding is overriding that. It would only revert back to the VO if you later decided to CODE the CIC and RSE modules based on the VO. Just as an FYI, these are the factory Option Codes for DVD Regions:

S697A Area-Code 1 for DVD
S698A Area-Code 2 for DVD
S699A Area-Code 3 for DVD
S700A Area-Code 4 for DVD
S701A Area-Code 5 for DVD
S702A Area-Code 6 for DVD

I do not think there is a factory Option Code Area-Code 0 for DVD "All Regions", although it may be an FDL Coding option. I don't know without looking. I don't think either that there is a factory Option Code "ALL", although there is an FDL Code setting of "alle_anderen / Werte=00", which is "all other". This is confusing, as it is unclear if it includes or excludes the U.S. Usually Region "ALL" means it can play discs with any region flag set, however, "ALL OTHER" indicates perhaps something else. One BMW Document I read states "all countries excluding the USA."

A few words of CAUTION taken from the "E70 Rear Seat Entertainment" manual (RSE):

"The DVD area code can be changed during coding only if mileage is below 60 miles on the odometer."

I am not sure I believe this.

"The RSE control unit permits a maximum of five area code changes, then the area code of the DVD most recently inserted is stored in the RSE control unit. As a result, only DVDs with the area code defined in the RSE control unit can then be played"

This I believe, I know someone with an F25 that retrofitted his CIC, and he changed his AREA_CODE_DVD setting one too many times, and it locked in the last setting and he was unable to FDL Code it anymore.

"The number of changes still possible and the area code currently set can be issued in the BMW diagnostic system under RSE control unit functions"

I wonder if this is a setting that can be coded, effectively resetting the change count back to 5?

"Changing the area code in the control unit by coding reduces the number of possible area code changes. If changes are no longer possible, the control unit must be replaced when a DVD with a different area code is to be played."

I think rather than replaced, the firmware can be flashed, resetting the change count.
Hey Gents, can someone help me?

I changed region code from 1 to 2 and front display shows me only menu of DVD disc and Rear DVD still says unknown code. I guess we changed wrong player. Can someone please tell me how I can change it for back DVD and why the front one doesn't play

Also vehicle profile still says:
[102] 697_DVD_CODE_1_US_CAN
This problem was fixed by coding different module. It was RSE, not HU_CIC module. Changed to all other regions and it fixed it!!!
Yes, that is what I wrote above. You needed to code the RSE (Rear Seat Entertainment) ECU too.

Try playing a DVD coded for region 1 though using the alle_anderen / Werte=00 (all other) setting. It is unclear if this will allow playing Region 1 DVD's (U.S.), so it would be good to know.

Was Area-Code 0 for DVD an option?
This problem was fixed by coding different module. It was RSE, not HU_CIC module. Changed to all other regions and it fixed it!!!
No, Area code 0 was not an option!
Yes, that is what I wrote above. You needed to code the RSE (Rear Seat Entertainment) ECU too.

Try playing a DVD coded for region 1 though using your Area-Code 6 for DVD setting. Supposedly it is for everything but U.S.

Was Area-Code 0 for DVD an option?
Can you try playing a DVD coded for region 1 though using the alle_anderen / Werte=00 (all other) setting and advise if it works or not?
No, Area code 0 was not an option!
I don't have DVD with area code 1 :) I am new in US, moved in January this year.
I probably need to buy some soon.
Can you try playing a DVD coded for region 1 though using the alle_anderen / Werte=00 (all other) setting and advise if it works or not?
Ok. Please do and report back my friend. :)
I don't have DVD with area code 1 :) I am new in US, moved in January this year.
I probably need to buy some soon.
I think its same with most of the DVD drives for PC, you can change region code up to 4-5 times, but it will lock after that.(had to do it before when I relocated for couple years and back)
Hi, new to the site and found it via searching my issue and came across this thread. I just bought an 2008 X5 w rear entertainment. I believe this x5 has been in the US it's entire life and the guy I bought it from never used the system. There was a factory DVD in it w music videos on it. I guess a sampler or something...and that works great, but when I go to put my daughters movies in, it says something like "image cannot display" that is not exact, but something close to that anyway.

Do you think this may have something to do with the country code like yours?? If so, how do you reprogram it? Will I need to take it into BMW for that? If in fact...that is the issue??

Any help wld be appreciated. We are all pretty bummed that it is not working right now.

May be worth mentioning that the front DVD player worked just fine w our movies.

Thanks in advance!

Nate
Hey Gents, can someone help me?

I changed region code from 1 to 2 and front display shows me only menu of DVD disc and Rear DVD still says unknown code. I guess we changed wrong player. Can someone please tell me how I can change it for back DVD and why the front one doesn't play it?

Also vehicle profile still says:
[102] 697_DVD_CODE_1_US_CAN
I don't know if the DVD Region coding is the issue, but if your car has Rear Seat Entertainment option, then you need to do the coding in both HU_CIC and RSE modules. They need to match.
Hi, new to the site and found it via searching my issue and came across this thread. I just bought an 2008 X5 w rear entertainment. I believe this x5 has been in the US it's entire life and the guy I bought it from never used the system. There was a factory DVD in it w music videos on it. I guess a sampler or something...and that works great, but when I go to put my daughters movies in, it says something like "image cannot display" that is not exact, but something close to that anyway.

Do you think this may have something to do with the country code like yours?? If so, how do you reprogram it? Will I need to take it into BMW for that? If in fact...that is the issue??

Any help wld be appreciated. We are all pretty bummed that it is not working right now.

May be worth mentioning that the front DVD player worked just fine w our movies.

Thanks in advance!

Nate
So does this need to be done at the dealership? I'm assuming it is not something I can personally do...correct?
I don't know if the DVD Region coding is the issue, but if your car has Rear Seat Entertainment option, then you need to do the coding in both HU_CIC and RSE modules. They need to match.
No. A local Exx Coder or you could do it using NCS Expert. Again though, I have no idea if DVD Region is the problem though.
So does this need to be done at the dealership? I'm assuming it is not something I can personally do...correct?
Yeah, I hope it is that simple. I got to believe it has something to do w it as it works great with the one disc, but won't play any others. Very frustrating!!

Thanks for your responses...I will have to call on Monday, I don't have a coder. Unless a guy can rent them someplace??
No. A local Exx Coder or you could do it using NCS Expert. Again though, I have no idea if DVD Region is the problem though.
No. What I meant by Coder was a local person that does Exx Coding that could do it for you.
Yeah, I hope it is that simple. I got to believe it has something to do w it as it works great with the one disc, but won't play any others. Very frustrating!!

Thanks for your responses...I will have to call on Monday, I don't have a coder. Unless a guy can rent them someplace??
Ok, gotcha! As much as I like to DIY, I'm a little scared to download NCS expert and connect to car. Afraid I might screw something up. Better leave this one to the experts!

Thanks again for the help!!
No. What I meant by Coder was a local person that does Exx Coding that could do it for you.
Did you solve this problem?

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Ok, gotcha! As much as I like to DIY, I'm a little scared to download NCS expert and connect to car. Afraid I might screw something up. Better leave this one to the experts!

Thanks again for the help!!
I see this is an old thread, but i found this on the top of my search for this exact issue.

alle_anderes value does not allow you to play area 1 or 2 or in fact any other region...

I was wondering if you could edit the actual daten file to add a value thats FF and make that a sort of "area 0"?
Old thread but here's my experience:

Region setting FF or 00 both don't work, can't find any way to make it region free unfortunately.
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