Dec 13, 2011

How to make a Macbook Pro DVD drive region-free in Lion

Apple ships Macbooks with drives without a region set. However, before you watch the movie, you have to set a region. Later you can change it but not more then four times. The solution is to this problem is to flash your DVD drive with a modified "RPC-1" firmware. The risks are as usual: anything can grow wrong, you can brick your drive, warranty is under question, etc. So don't do that unless you are ready to take the risk.

There are lots of instructions on the web how to make it. For my drive, Google leads me to two pages: one and two. They are all ok except that they require a Matshita Flasher application, which does not work in Lion (PPC applications are not supported). However, this application is only a wrapper around the real flasher, so you can flash your Macbook under Lion too. Notice: I did not tell you to do it! I am just providing the information.

To flash the drive you need to play at least one DVD and set a region. You must do that. If you do not, you are screwed up.

Next download the MatshitaFlasher application. Links are in two pages above, as well as proper firmware files (see link two and that site for detailed instructions). Let's suppose you got it in the Downloads/ directory. Make sure there is no disk in the driver. Now you open a Terminal (in Utilities, or just use search in the menu bar). Next, do this:

cd ~/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources
./simple_flash 0 firmware_file_name.dat

The first line directs you inside the application, where the real flasher is. The second line executes the flasher. You need to put a name of the real firmware file that you downloaded. In my case it would be MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat. Notice, it works slowly. Give it time. If you interrupt, you will kill the drive and you warranty is void.

Here is what the flasher outputs:


compiled at Apr 14 2011 22:33:18
Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-8A8  HB1
Continue? y
Finished

You can to type y and press enter. Next you wait about two minutes. Than you get "Finished." message and your disk is region-free (region 0, any region). You can use DVDInfo to check that and RegionX to force set the region if the disk does not want to play in region 0 drive (usually they play ok).

Again, this is not to call you to use the procedure. This is only to document it. The knowledge should not be lost.

72 comments:

  1. Hi Dmitry,

    I am trying to find your tutorials, according to this link:

    http://lists.typo3.org/pipermail/typo3-english/2009-October/064194.html

    but I cannot find it :-(. Can you send me a link please. Thank you.

    Also, I am trying to follow you on fb.

    Bests,
    Shiza

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  2. Hi!

    I've tried it out, but I can't get it to work.

    cd ~/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources./simple_flash 0 MATSHITADVD-R_UJ-898_HD10_RPC1.DAT

    When I try the above I get the following error message:

    -bash: cd: /Users/shortleif/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher 0.6.app/Contents/Resources./simple_flash: No such file or directory

    Do you have any idea why?

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  3. You execute this as one line but there are two separate lines there.

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  4. doesn't work for me, i am trying and trying and trying. the only message i get is

    open for read error

    any suggestions, you first type one line hit enter and then put in the next line or do you put both lines in at the same time?

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  5. One command, press Enter, second command, press Enter. There must be no disk in the drive and you must be an admin user.

    Read generic instruction in the links I posted :)

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  6. So what am I doing wrong. I tried to do the first lien by itself and then do all of the rest, but it's still not working :/

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  7. I just tried this, and am having the 'open for read error' problem as well when I try to run the flasher. I'm in the Resources directory, and I even copied your second command and the firmware filename to make sure, but to no avail.
    Does the DAT file have to be in a specific place?

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  8. As I wrote above: read the links I posted in the article. It contains helpful hints about this error.

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  9. Hi Dmitry,
    When I execute ./simple_flash 0 firmware_file_name.dat, I have the following message:
    "simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
    Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-8A8 HB14
    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device"
    Do you know what's wrong?
    Regards.

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  10. Dmitry, is your last message in response to Oscar? If so, I am having the same problem and error message. Presumably the problem is that it is not seeing the DVD drive since it is stating that "drive(null)" is not a Matshita drive. However, in the links you provided above, it appears that they claim the source of the problem is using too new a version of OS X, where the purpose of your suggesting to use terminal and command line is to solve that. The error message would appear to indicate that it is not attempting to execute the command on the correct device. The "0" in the argument to simple_flash. Should one be using a different argument? If so, how do you find which value is the correct one?

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  11. I wrote everything I know. I have nothing to add. Macbooks come with different DVD drives. If simple_flash says it is not Matshita drive, it obviously not a Matshita drive. The instructions were for Matshita only.

    The best you can do is to Google. I wrote instruction only for a single Macbook setup. I never claimed it is universal. So you have to search for your own ways if this does not work for you. Google, read links I posted, etc. Did your check your drive type befire trying to flash?

    Flashing is not a thing for fun, it is for people, who double and triple checked everything. If somebody just reads this article, tries to flash a Pioneer drive with Matshita firmware, than I cannot help. Flashing is nota game. It requires preparation and thinking.

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  12. Dmitry, in my case, which may also be Oscars...DVD Info X reports the following:

    Vendor: MATSHITA
    Model: DVD-R UJ-898
    Firmware: HE13
    Status: RPC-2(region locked)
    Region: 2
    Changes left: 4 Vendor resets left: 4

    and Apple's System Information reports the drive as:
    Model: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898
    Revision: HE13

    and lastly simple_flash's output:
    simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
    Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-898 HE13
    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

    I am trying this on OS X 10.7.2 and it is certainly not a situation of it being a Pioneer drive or the wrong firmware.

    I would add that while I consider myself a hardware neophyte, I have been flashing Mac DVD drives from the time when xvi first published his tools. Probably well in excess of 10 Powerbooks, iBooks, MacBooks, MacBook Airs. My new MacBookPro8,1 seems to finally be one that is proving difficult. I will do a bit more research and perhaps try to boot from a pre-Lion OS X to see if I can get it done without resorting to Windows.

    However, while I believe this worked for you, at least for my MacBook Pro and its Matshita UJ-898 and the firmware files I found via RPC1.org the approach you recommend here is not working.

    In any event, thanks for your suggestion of using simple_flash in terminal. It seems to work for some of us. I will continue my investigations.

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  13. Thanks for the information! If you find a solution, I kindly ask to come back and post it here.

    I was able to flash two drives on different macbooks with this operation. So it works at least for some of them.

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  14. Dmitry,

    In my case, DVD Info X reports the following:

    Vendor: MATSHITA
    Model: DVD-R UJ-8A8
    Firmware: HB14
    Status: RPC-2 (region locked)
    Region: 1
    Changes left: 4 Vendor resets left: 4

    Could you please post the file you have used (MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat)? Maybe I have a wrong one !

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  15. Hi Dmitry,

    Your instruction worked!
    I have successfully flashed by Mid 2010 MBP's Mashita UJ-898 into an RPC1 drive, and all the flashing process was in Lion 10.7.2.
    Really thanks for your information.

    For those who met the error message "fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device", try to download MatshitaFlasher from page "one" link in the post. The simple_flash in the package is newer.

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  16. Confirmed - I was having the same issue of fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device"

    This was because I was using the old MatshitaFlasher that I used on my 2009 powerbook. The dates on the new and old are the same, and they both fail in the gui from the PPC issue, but the simple_flash utility from 0.6 works in lion.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?969c48tc58orkaf for the flash
    http://www.mediafire.com/?9ged9jdf747z0b7 for the flasher v0.6

    thanks for posting -

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    1. That did the trick for UJ-898 in LION. Thank you for the download links. I needed v0.6

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  17. Found a solution for the 'open for read error' problem!

    - Right click the MatshitaFlasher 0.6 app and click 'Show Package Contents'
    - Doubleclick the contents folder
    - Doubleclick the resources folder
    - Copy your firmware file (the one with the name like MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat) into this folder
    - now run the command lines

    The problem is that the firmware has to be in this Resources folder for the terminal command line to know where it is. Hope this helped, and Dmitry, you might want to clarify this in the original post to help people. Thanks!

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  18. No, it does NOT have to be in Resouces folder. It can be anywher if you supply a proper path in Terminal.

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  19. I get
    'You can't open the application MatshitaFlasher because PowerPC applications are no longer supported" MacBook Pro OS 10.7.2. Any suggestions?

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  20. OKAY OKAY,
    great blog post Dmitry. I figured a way that works for me as I was still confused a bit by something .
    This is what worked for me....


    • right click - MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6
    • show package contents
    • go to CONTENTS>RESOURCES>script
    • drag 'script' onto terminal window
    • drag RPC-1.dat file onto terminal window
    • AFTER dragging both files THEN hit RETURN
    • Continue? 'Y'

    All done!

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    1. Man you are a genius! These simple steps, worked like a treat! Thanks Dimitri to have triggered all this!

      Igor :)

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  21. Anonynous:

    Thanks for the suggestions on dragging the files to the terminal window. This worked well for me and I am glad as I was having problems with the first command Dmitry listed.

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  22. Dear Dmitry, thank you very much for setting up this site. This "Power PC app not supported" note the other day on my Lion MBP made me wanting to do "wrong" things. You see, I have been an expat in 2 (DVD) regions and am now back in my region of origin. Which, as the DVD counting goes, is actually a 3rd. Today I have come across your site. I have followed your "documentation" to the letter. With good results at last. Let it be documented that my DVD-R UJ-898 HC09 (btw I used the HC10 version) is now fully RPC-1 compliant. I am inserting one DVD after another, just to see the magic at work ... yippee ! A very warm word of thanks to you, and to the contributors above. Thank you !

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  23. matshita UJ-8A8 Firmware Revision:HA13 on lion. is there a crack for this one?

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  24. Hi Dmitry
    I cant find the MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat in the Firmware page.
    Where you get this version of firmware?... I have the same (8A8)
    I hope you can help me.
    Thanks

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  25. I suggest to use Google to find the firmware.

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  26. Man you're awesome, success on MAC OS X Lion 10.7.2

    Thanks a lot

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  27. Here's a link to the one I used (successfully) on the UJ-8A8 in my 2011 MBP:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?969c48tc58orkaf

    I did not create this file and make no representations about whether it will work for you.

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  28. YES it's working! I was looking for a long time...
    I confirm I was able to run the update by using the above method:
    • right click - MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6
    • show package contents
    • go to CONTENTS>RESOURCES>script
    • drag 'script' onto terminal window
    • drag RPC-1.dat file onto terminal window
    • AFTER dragging both files THEN hit RETURN
    • Continue? 'Y'

    Make sure you have the MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6 from the link on this webpage. After the update you'll be able to use RegionX to reset the region change number limitation.
    THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR RESEARCH!

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  29. what about Matshita UJ-822da drives?

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  30. does anyone knows if this works in Mac OS Lion 10.7.3?

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  31. Hi all,

    This is what is showing in DVD info X 3:

    Vendor: MATSHITA
    Model: DVD-R UJ-898
    Firmware: HC10
    Status: RPC-2 (region locked)
    Region: 1
    Changes left: 2 Vendor resets left: 4


    I tried to follow the steps by dragging "script" and the "dat" file and after hitting RETURN I have the following error:

    Myname-MacBook:~ Stephen$ /Users/Myname/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/call_simple_flash ; exit;

    calling simple_flash with firmware file /Users/Myname/Downloads/UJ-898_HC10_RPC1.dat

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

    logout

    [Process completed]

    Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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  32. Worked beautifully!
    Details....
    Model Name: MacBook Pro OSX 10.7.3
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-898:
    Firmware Revision: HC10

    Downloaded appropriate RPC1 firmware from rpc1.org and all went nicely.

    Thanks a lot..... You're a legend :)

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  33. Thanks for the instructions. I've now linked to your site in my original set of instructions on how to make the Matshita drive region free. I hope that will drive traffic to your excellent site. GK/

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  34. It would appear that a lot of posters have never touched a command line before. :-/

    I can confirm that this process works for me. You can either copy your firmware into the Resources folder, as a previous poster mentioned, or use the correct path to the firmware, like ../../firmware_file_name.dat

    If you get the following error:

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

    ...then you are using the wrong version of the flash utility. You must use the 0.6 version in Lion or it will not work! For those having trouble finding this version of the utility, here is an alternate link:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=281396&d=1302836724

    Once you've got that version, it's a breeze!

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  35. Yes i had same issue here

    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

    After downloading the 0.6 version see link above i got this :-)

    ./simple_flash 0 ../../../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

    Now going to reboot ;-)

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  36. When I clicked on Page "One" link at the top, the following page read, "Page not found

    Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog MacBook Hacker does not exist."

    Clicking upon Page "Two" the only think I do not see at firmware page is the RPC1 forswear for my particular UJ 8A8.

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  37. Works great! Thank you very much.

    It's very strange that there are just a few posts that explains how to do this in Lion.

    I had UJ-857E firmware ZB0E. Installed MatshitaFlasher V 2.01 from link TWO. And downloaded UJ-857E_ZF1E_Stock_RPC1 (It doesn't matter that the firmware versions are different, still works in my case).

    IMPORTANT: I wrote the first line: cd ~/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher/Contents/Resources (WITHOUT THE VERSION)
    And second line has to include the path, something like this: ./simple_flash 0 ~/Downloads/firmware_file_name.dat

    I hope this helps somebody. Thank you.

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  38. YES it's working! I was looking for a long time...
    I confirm I was able to run the update by using the above method:
    • right click - MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6
    • show package contents
    • go to CONTENTS>RESOURCES>script
    • drag 'script' onto terminal window
    • drag RPC-1.dat file onto terminal window
    • AFTER dragging both files THEN hit RETURN
    • Continue? 'Y'

    So following those instructions, do you have to restart your mac once the drive has been flashed? Also will keep working for future OSX updates or will this screw up my drive and the updates?

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  39. where do i find the real MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6?

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  40. can some one please link me to all these files?

    for this

    YES it's working! I was looking for a long time...
    I confirm I was able to run the update by using the above method:
    • right click - MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6
    • show package contents
    • go to CONTENTS>RESOURCES>script
    • drag 'script' onto terminal window
    • drag RPC-1.dat file onto terminal window
    • AFTER dragging both files THEN hit RETURN
    • Continue? 'Y'

    So following those instructions, do you have to restart your mac once the drive has been flashed? Also will keep working for future OSX updates or will this screw up my drive and the updates?

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  41. Thank you so much for the great info, Dmitry (and other posters). This worked on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro 5,5 (UJ868)!

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  42. Great thread but I hit a snag. Have tried everything, dropping and dragging script, w/- MATSHITAFLASHER 0.6 but keep getting the following:

    Running Lion 10.7.4

    calling simple_flash with firmware file /Downloads/UJ-898_HC10_RPC1.dat

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

    logout

    [Process completed]

    Also tried dragging the simple_flash file to the Terminal command but still got:

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

    Has this flash been blocked with 10.7.4?

    Note to self - never upgrade Mac OS X!

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  43. Hi I know i just posted but i got it to work finally .. so i hope this helps all those out there like me who do not understand UNIX.

    FOR MACBOOK PRO
    OS X LION 10.7.3
    UJ-868 drive

    important :

    make sure you have at least used your DVD player with a region encoded disk once and set a region.

    You MUST!!! have the MatshitaFlasher 0.6 not any other version as it did not work with me.



    1. drag and drop Matshita flasher 0.6 "simple_flash" file to terminal window.
    2. it should look like this

    mac:~ ME$ /Users/ME/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/simple_flash

    3. I had my KB19_rpc1.dat file on my desktop.
    4. Add 0 to the cmd line, it should look like this

    mac:~ ME$ /Users/ME/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/simple_flash 0

    5. Drag "KB19_rpc.dat" file to terminal, the final cmd should look like this before you hit enter

    mac:~ ME$ /Users/ME/Desktop/MatshitaFlasher\ 0.6.app/Contents/Resources/simple_flash 0 /Users/ME/Desktop/UJ-868_KB19_Stock_RPC1/KB19_rpc1.dat

    6. hit enter, and this should appear

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

    7. obviously say "y", make sure you wait as it will look like nothing is happening. until you get the cmd prompt appearing again.

    Finished
    mac:~ ME$

    Thank you all so much for your blogs .... its been a great learning experience

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  44. http://www.filestube.com/4rIQamRrq4wRAxQLUoqWKs/MatshitaFlasher-0-6.html has v0.6 of the flasher. Worked for me on a macbook with a UJ-898 model superdrive.

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  45. Anyone know if this works with Mountain Lion? Has anyones drive screwed up now that they have updated?

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    1. Yeah, I updated to Mountain Lion and now my drive don't seem to want to mount anything any more. I'm presuming this was the cause, so I might have to reinstall the original firmware until a fix is found.

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  47. Hello,

    I did this last night and managed to watch one DVD, all was fine. I come to watch the next DVD in the boxset and it keeps saying something about skipping over damaged data. The disk is not damaged though because it is brand new! Has the flash on my DVD drive messed up and if so, how can I reverse the flash to make it RPC-2 again OR is there an update for my Mac that I have to install. Please help! I know I was taking a risk but I'm not sure I can afford a colossal Apple Tech Care bill!!

    Regards,

    Laura

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  48. Hello all,

    I've read through quite a few forums and I honestly don't fully understand how this whole process comes. I've downloaded the required rpc's and flasher from the following link http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=46116

    However I get an error message that says as "fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device"

    Now I've looked up the links and solutions you've posted on this page as well as other pages and googled around for a v.06 mashita flasher. To no avail however, could somebody please guide me as to where my error's exist and how I may correct them ?

    Thank you for your time and efforts. It's really great to be able to reap the results of another's work. Thank you all.

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  49. Does this work for Snow Leopard too?
    Thx!

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  50. Does this Work for snow leopard too?

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  51. Hello everybody.

    thanks for this great tutorial, I've never been on a mac but I played with linux so console is not unfamiliar for me, I have something to ask: is this process going to work even if I've wasted my 5 selection times of region for dvd drive?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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  52. It's works!

    You must to use the last MatshitaFlasher, i was downladed from this url:
    https://rapidshare.com/#!download|675p11|457842304|MatshitaFlasher_0.6.zip|39|0|0

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  53. Anyone know where to find UJ-857D .DAT Files? I could only find the region free files in .app format. Thanks

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  54. Anyone know of a UJ-857D .DAT file? I could only find UJ-857D .App (which is no longer supported in Leopard onwards).

    Thanks

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  55. You need the 0.6 version for this to work. Otherwise you get the error.
    fatal: Selected drive (null) does not appear to be a matshita device

    I had a hard time finding the latest version, therefore here a link:
    http://files.rpc1.org/uploads/MatshitaFlasher0.6.zip

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    1. Hi,
      I just want to know whether I can download MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1. And does it work with Mac OS X Mountlion?
      Thanks.

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  56. Hi,

    I would just like to know where I could download MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat .

    Regards,

    Tony

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  57. Dmitry and Tony Ka thanks so much. I was trying for hours before I found TK's link to version .6.

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  58. I was having the same mistake as some people here (-bash: cd: /Users/shortleif/Downloads/MatshitaFlasher 0.6.app/Contents/Resources./simple_flash: No such file or directory) and I found a way to solve it. but before you do it, let me make it clear: IT WORKED FOR ME AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT IT WILL WORK FOR YOU, BUT IF IT DOENS'T, IT IS NOT MY FAULT. I AM NOT SUGGESTING ANYTHING, JUST SHARING MY EXPERIENCE. IF YOU DECIDE TO TRY IT, DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!!!

    that said, here is what I did.

    I opened the subfoldes of the app and copied the entire subfolder contents to the folder downloads. it was simple: I right clicked the app and selected show package contents. drag and drop with alt/option pressed.

    Then I opened terminal and typed - what's inside ( ) is not part of the typed/seen text, just FYI:

    cd ~/Downloads/Contents/Resources (and pressed enter)

    that's the msg I got:

    B*******s-MacBook:Resources b***********$ (I changed my name to *** for this post for obvious reasons)

    then I typed:

    ./simple_flash 0 firmwarename.dat (firmwarename is the name of the RPC1 file I downloaded)

    the following msg came:

    simple_flash V 2.01 compiled at Feb 4 2010 00:22:16
    Selected firmware: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-867 HB01 (that's MY drive!!!)
    Selected device: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-867 HB01 (again, that's MY drive!!!)
    Continue?

    I typed y on continue and it came something like upgrading firmware, don't interrupt. then it comes finished. I closed terminal and played DVDs with different regions and had no problem...

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  59. Hi Dmitry, I'm having trouble with my late 2011 MBP. I did your instructions, but the only firmware I can find for UJ-8A8 is called MATSHITADVD-R___UJ-8A8__HB14_RPC1.dat.exe. I removed the .exe extension and ran the matshito flasher 0.6 as you suggested. It reported 'finished' but DVD Info X 3 still reports rpc-2. I'm still running Lion. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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  60. When getting that "Could not open device" error message from simple_flash, you need to make sure that NOTHING is currently blocking the access to your DVD-drive.

    You should make sure that no disc is in that drive and you need to make sure that no application is blocking that access. It could be a DVD-playback software that is active, it could as well be something like "DVD Info X" - you need to quit all those tools before attempting to flash your drive.

    I had that same problem and in my case it was "DVD Info X". Took me 30minutes to figure it out :D ... shame on me.

    When in doubt, reboot your machine with all apps closed before attempting it again.

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  61. Hi Dimitry, I'm looking for the files to flash the MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-8A8 HB14 but seems that they have been erased and rpc1.org site is down. Please help me with the files to flash my DVD.
    Thank you
    Cheers,

    Daniel

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    1. Daniel you are an absolute hero. Too bad it took me 30 minutes to find your comment haha.

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  62. I cannot for the life of me find the RPC1 for the UJ-8A8 with the HB14 revision. Could someone please please please send me the DAT file?

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  63. @ Marcolo: Check over here: http://forum.rpc1.org/ it's not so obvious and the file listed comes across as a .rar file which you will need to decompress. This just took me hours to get it right, I'm not a Terminal guy, but I finally got it, thank goodness.

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