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post #241 of 433
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Originally Posted by EnergyOwner View Post

Yes. On the LG website, under the bd530 page, click on support and then driver and downloads page. The latest firmware is the last link. 4.874


I don't see any for the 530 player. The last link on that page is for the 550. Is the firmware created for BOTH units?
post #242 of 433
Got two 530 LG players from amazon for each of my tech-challenged sisters. For $70 each they're good-enough to represent during the Xmas holiday. Just hope these 530's can handle newer BD's like "Inception" and "Knight and Day" that I'm sticking in the box (along with HDMI cables) before the wrapping paper comes out.
post #243 of 433
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Originally Posted by Makaveli Tha Don View Post

I don't see any for the 530 player. The last link on that page is for the 550. Is the firmware created for BOTH units?

Good question. I have 3 LG products. A 42LD550, Bd530 & BD550. I've gotten firmware updates for all of them over the net, but never have been able to find ANY info or listing of updates on the LG website. Do you have a link?
post #244 of 433
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Originally Posted by Phase700B View Post

Good question. I have 3 LG products. A 42LD550, Bd530 & BD550. I've gotten firmware updates for all of them over the net, but never have been able to find ANY info or listing of updates on the LG website. Do you have a link?


Heres the support page specifically for the 530

http://www.lg.com/us/support/product...oduct-profile#
post #245 of 433
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Originally Posted by Makaveli Tha Don

I don't see any for the 530 player. The last link on that page is for the 550. Is the firmware created for BOTH units?
LG has some strange naming convention going on. The firmware is for the 530/555C ( I have confirmed this by upgrading my 555C to 4.874 via USB) but the upgrade is called BD550. in fact, I don't believe this firmware will work on a 550 at all?!?

The actual filename you want for 530/555C upgrades is LG_BD_5200M50.ROM and this is what you download on the 530 support page.
post #246 of 433
I am actually thinking about this player because it supposedly plays files from disc or hard drive that are in HD; mkv, avi, mp4, etc

I am concerned about hearing that people destroyed hard drives after connecting to this; this would be a major problem

also, have users tested playing 1080 files from disc or usb that are .avi,mp4, mkv, m2ts ,etc?

would like to hear what people have experienced
post #247 of 433
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Originally Posted by detroit1 View Post

I am actually thinking about this player because it supposedly plays files from disc or hard drive that are in HD; mkv, avi, mp4, etc

I am concerned about hearing that people destroyed hard drives after connecting to this; this would be a major problem

also, have users tested playing 1080 files from disc or usb that are .avi,mp4, mkv, m2ts ,etc?

would like to hear what people have experienced

I don't think the destroyed HDD's are an issue. I've used 3 different HDD's with mine and no problems. I have only one movie that wouldn't initially play on mine, and a simple remux with tsmuxer fixed that. Mine easily plays everything I've thrown at it, from low res, old xvids in .avi, to new, high bitrate 1080p MKV's.

The only thing it will not play is an ISO, I remuxed mine into MKV, I didn't have very many so it wasn't a big deal for me.
post #248 of 433
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Originally Posted by EnergyOwner View Post

LG has some strange naming convention going on. The firmware is for the 530/555C ( I have confirmed this by upgrading my 555C to 4.874 via USB) but the upgrade is called BD550. in fact, I don't believe this firmware will work on a 550 at all?!?

The actual filename you want for 530/555C upgrades is LG_BD_5200M50.ROM and this is what you download on the 530 support page.

What features/fixes were included with this update?
post #249 of 433
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Originally Posted by TheDJK View Post


What features/fixes were included with this update?

There isn't a changes page AFAIK. What I did see changed is all my netcast settings reset, so something was changed there, and something to do with BD-Live as I no longer get an error message when playing a BD with Live content.
post #250 of 433
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Originally Posted by MechanicalMan View Post

What is so "ridiculous" about a company continuing to improve product performance and compatibility after the sale by releasing firmware updates? That's an absurd thing to complain about, and other manufacturers are doing exactly the same thing.

Yeah this all fine & dandy, but I bought this for my parents I'm debating after reading this thread about taking it back ... too complicated, & neither of us have a High Speed internet connection. I'm for continuous improvement, but isn't anything stand alone anymore, let alone doesnt anything electronic not have a monthly fee associated to it?

BTW, does the 530 play PAL standard DVD's?

LG needed a some kind of upgrade with it's DTV (Zenith 901) DTV converters, wonderful boxes, but don't get them in an environment below 65 degrees or they will become very cantankerous ... I have 3, & all behave the same & all from different manufacturing dates.
post #251 of 433
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Originally Posted by Bismarck440 View Post

BTW, does the 530 play PAL standard DVD's?

Yes it does, but only if DVD you are trying to play is "region free"
post #252 of 433
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Originally Posted by creator2000 View Post

Yes it does, but only if DVD you are trying to play is "region free"

Then that would be a Region 0 DVD then? Not a true PAL ... think PAL is considered reigon 2.

I had a PAL DVD years back the only machines that played it was an old Zenith, & my neighbors $29.99 Kinyo Wal*Mart Special.... my old Toshiba 4700 played it but in black & white.

I was thinking these newer machines were becoming Reigon Free, though the Region Free disk you speak of should be able to be played on any machine.
post #253 of 433
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Originally Posted by Bismarck440 View Post


Then that would be a Region 0 DVD then? Not a true PAL ... think PAL is considered reigon 2.

I had a PAL DVD years back the only machines that played it was an old Zenith, & my neighbors $29.99 Kinyo Wal*Mart Special.... my old Toshiba 4700 played it but in black & white.

I was thinking these newer machines were becoming Reigon Free, though the Region Free disk you speak of should be able to be played on any machine.

Video format and region protection are two different things. Region 2 refers to region protection. While most region 2 discs are PAL, there is no requirement per se. A DVD player that plays PAL discs need not be region free as long as the discs are region free or are of the same region code as the player.
post #254 of 433
Ok I'm sorry everyone, I really really tried but I'm still out of luck.

I received a replacement BD530, tried it with that. Same thing.

Tried different ways of muxing/remuxing/demuxing.. no luck.

remuxed MKV files will show the Play symbol but just stay there on the blue background and not do anything.

m2ts files are the ones that will play but play as a big garbled mess of neon colors.

Please describe to me every setting your using, every version number of each program you are using (and are you using the GUI version?), please tell me the name of a file that DID work for you when you remuxed it.

Thanks!
post #255 of 433
Got this player for $65 at Walmart.

(1) MKVs:
Only SOME MKV files work on this unit. Probably has to do with the resolution. I found older MKV files work fine, but newer ones (that are higher resolution) just cause the unit to freeze and I have to unplug to reset. I bought a second unit from WalMart to see if mine was just defective, both units have the exact same results (certain older MKVs worked just fine, newer ones -- especially ones with higher res -- didn't work at all). For instance, one that didn't work was an anime fansub of Ika Musume (a current anime show) done by the fansub group fffpeeps. Other newer, high-res ones didn't work either. Yet on my computer it works just fine -- and older MKVs that were lower res worked fine on the BD530. I don't think there's a workaround (unless anyone knows it) -- it's just one of those things. The way I see it is, at least it plays some (older, lower-res) MKVs. Better than none. If anyone wants to try it out for yourself, try getting the MKV files for "Ika Musume" by fffpeeps (this is just one example, there were many other titles from other groups that wouldn't play too. And some titles that did play okay).

(2): Region Hacks:
Does anyone know if there's a region hack for this unit? Even if it's just for DVDs (not BluRays)? I had an older LG DVD player (the remote to which works with the BD530, though of course it's missing some buttons being an older normal DVD player) which could be made region-free with a hack... but the hack didn't work on the BD-530.

(3) Firmware Update via USB?!?!
Since I don't have wireless internet or a laptop (only a large desktop computer in the other side of the house from where my TV/BD-530 is) it's pretty impossible for me to hook my BD530 to the internet (and be able to see anything) because my computer and TV are in opposite ends of the house. When I called LG support, I asked if one could update the player via the usb port (or by burning a CD-ROM) as has been the case with earlier LG DVD players. He said yes... that you can download the firmware updates online and put them on a usb stick and upgrade the player that way. But I didn't find any place on LG's webpage where there was a way to download the current (or latest) firmware for the player in order to do this. Is this true? Or is the only way to upgrade the firmware for this unit ONLY by connecting the unit itself to the internet? If you can download the latest firmware from LG's website, can someone please post the URL for where it is? Thanks!

(4) Impressions: it's a cheaper player, but it works good enough and the price was right. I have a very tiny BluRay library right now, and I figure if I ever decide to go all out into BluRay, by that time there will be more bells and whistles and options on players, and I can buy a fancier unit at that point. For just an entry level unit to play BluRays, it works quite nicely. Another major point that I like is the USB jack. For normal DVD players, I use my Philips 5990 all the time (which is great -- especially with a hacked firmware that's available out there -- for watching AVIs and such through a USB jack). I remember the "old days" when I'd have to constantly burn DVDRWs (because I hate watching stuff on a computer monitor). So for what I want at this point, I'm happy with the player. It's only very slightly noisy (not that bad at all, like others have said). It does the job.

Besides wondering if there's a place on LG's website to download the latest firmware (and if firmware can be updated via the USB or only by hooking the unit up to the internet), I'd be curious if there have been any hacks or hacked firmware out there. The person who wrote a wonderful firmware hack to the (non-bluray) Philips 5990 did such a great job... I wonder... are people hacking bluray firmwares, or is it just too complicated?
post #256 of 433
(2) not yet afaik

(3) on the product page click on the support tab and in the right-hand column there is a downloads link, click on that and the latest firmware and USB or CD loading instructions are there. Latest version at the bottom.
post #257 of 433
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Originally Posted by bdeyes View Post

Got this player for $65 at Walmart.

(1) MKVs:
(2): Region Hacks:
(3) Firmware Update via USB?!?!
(4) Impressions:

Besides wondering if there's a place on LG's website to download the latest firmware (and if firmware can be updated via the USB or only by hooking the unit up to the internet), I'd be curious if there have been any hacks or hacked firmware out there. The person who wrote a wonderful firmware hack to the (non-bluray) Philips 5990 did such a great job... I wonder... are people hacking bluray firmwares, or is it just too complicated?

By the sounds of it, you havent read this thread at all.

1 Make sure its profile 4.1 or lower, its been stated VARIOUS TIMES in this thread. ALLLLLLLL MKV's will work as long as its profile 4.1 and 1080p or lower. 2k or 4k WILL NOT WORK.
2 Should play pal dvds without region. As for hacks. check videohelp i think theres one for 570 that might work here since its almost the same player just minor difference in software
(3) on the product page click on the support tab and in the right-hand column there is a downloads link, click on that and the latest firmware and USB or CD loading instructions are there. Latest version at the bottom.
Its also been linked MANY TIMES in this thread.
4 Bluray will be outdated within the next 2 years. AS streaming takes over and cloud services start popping up. Having phyical copies will essentially be of no use. Confirmed on noise and lag.

As far as hacking. If you read ANY of my posts youll see that this is running on linux.
which in theory could be hacked. I asked if anyone could post pics of the inside or confirm if this had jtag pins but got no answer.
post #258 of 433
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Originally Posted by Neptune76 View Post

Please describe to me every setting your using, every version number of each program you are using (and are you using the GUI version?), please tell me the name of a file that DID work for you when you remuxed it.

Thanks!

At this point ill refer you to the search option.
Been stated OVER & OVER
I offered help but you didnt take
So your only option now is here
post #259 of 433
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Originally Posted by EnergyOwner View Post

Video format and region protection are two different things. Region 2 refers to region protection. While most region 2 discs are PAL, there is no requirement per se. A DVD player that plays PAL discs need not be region free as long as the discs are region free or are of the same region code as the player.

pal refers to resolution and framerate. Before it was a problem. But because we can do Up to 4k now on players any resolution will work. Its all about codecs and drm's that still hurt us.
post #260 of 433
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Originally Posted by transitoryspace View Post

By the sounds of it, you havent read this thread at all.

1 Make sure its profile 4.1 or lower, its been stated VARIOUS TIMES in this thread. ALLLLLLLL MKV's will work as long as its profile 4.1 and 1080p or lower. 2k or 4k WILL NOT WORK.
2 Should play pal dvds without region. As for hacks. check videohelp i think theres one for 570 that might work here since its almost the same player just minor difference in software
(3) on the product page click on the support tab and in the right-hand column there is a downloads link, click on that and the latest firmware and USB or CD loading instructions are there. Latest version at the bottom.
Its also been linked MANY TIMES in this thread.
4 Bluray will be outdated within the next 2 years. AS streaming takes over and cloud services start popping up. Having phyical copies will essentially be of no use. Confirmed on noise and lag.

As far as hacking. If you read ANY of my posts youll see that this is running on linux.
which in theory could be hacked. I asked if anyone could post pics of the inside or confirm if this had jtag pins but got no answer.



I read someone's post asking about 551 vs 530 (firmware updates), but couldn't find the page myself. Thanks for helping me find it (though I see there's still nothing for 530, if as someone wrote, it's been removed for updating).

Noise: glad to see you seem you know it all, but my unit is not noisy at all. If it were I'd have returned it immediately because that kind of stuff bothers me. "Confirmed."

Region: I didn't ask about PAL DVDs, I asked simply about a region hack because I have a lot of Japanese NTSC Region 2 DVDs. And yes, I already checked videohelp.com and saw no hack there before posting here. I figured this would be the place where it would appear first before someone gets around to posting it over at videohelp's hack listings. So I'm to take it as of now there's no hack for the 530? And (as I wrote) I already tried the region hacks for other players (including one I used to have) that didn't work on the 530. I get the region warning when I insert a Region 2 DVD.

MKVs: well let's see, as I wrote, some MKVs work, others don't. I've seen reviews such as here or on Amazon where people post that all the MKVs they've thrown at it have worked fine on the unit. This isn't true and I wanted to clarify it as well. Some do work fine, others don't work at all. No reason to get snotty in your reply.

I'm quite happy with it for what it is -- a very good low-end player.

BluRay vs Streaming: I actually agree with you on this. I always thought BluRay was a temporary thing between DVDs and streaming, but that's just my opinion only. I won't post it like it's a fact, in a dismissive tone against any other opinions.

Sorry for pointing this out, but this forum would be a lot better if people weren't so snotty in their replies. If you think I've gone overboard by pointing this out, why don't you re-read your reply to me? Just a thought.

If anyone is successful in finding a region hack for this unit, please post it here. My suspicions from the past (especially with LG units) is that there probably is a hack but that LG isn't letting it out...
post #261 of 433
I was wondering if any knew if there was a way to display the cover art for a movie when using my hard drive connected to the usb port?
post #262 of 433
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Originally Posted by transitoryspace View Post


pal refers to resolution and framerate. Before it was a problem. But because we can do Up to 4k now on players any resolution will work. Its all about codecs and drm's that still hurt us.

Well, there's slightly more to it than just framerate and resolution and there are still BD players that cannot do both but it's pretty much universal now. Region coding is the devil's work, however.
post #263 of 433
Update: Just hacked player. Region free and ability to load other LG Software. Aka NETFLIX.
Ps due to negitivity AND stupidity of some people on here i will not be releasing it here but on another forum. Find me there and see my guide and files.

DONT PM ME. THANKS
post #264 of 433
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Originally Posted by transitoryspace View Post

At this point ill refer you to the search option.
Been stated OVER & OVER
I offered help but you didnt take
So your only option now is here

No you don't understand I"ve already tried everything in this thread

I don't even know what I'd search for. Nothing is working.

What help did you offer I might have missed it
post #265 of 433
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Originally Posted by transitoryspace View Post

Update: Just hacked player. Region free and ability to load other LG Software. Aka NETFLIX.
Ps due to negitivity AND stupidity of some people on here i will not be releasing it here but on another forum. Find me there and see my guide and files.

DONT PM ME. THANKS

This is great news! Mind sharing the name of the other forum?
post #266 of 433
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Originally Posted by bdeyes View Post

Got this player for $65 at Walmart.

(1) MKVs:
Only SOME MKV files work on this unit. Probably has to do with the resolution. I found older MKV files work fine, but newer ones (that are higher resolution) just cause the unit to freeze and I have to unplug to reset. I bought a second unit from WalMart to see if mine was just defective, both units have the exact same results (certain older MKVs worked just fine, newer ones -- especially ones with higher res -- didn't work at all). For instance, one that didn't work was an anime fansub of Ika Musume (a current anime show) done by the fansub group fffpeeps. Other newer, high-res ones didn't work either. Yet on my computer it works just fine -- and older MKVs that were lower res worked fine on the BD530. I don't think there's a workaround (unless anyone knows it) -- it's just one of those things. The way I see it is, at least it plays some (older, lower-res) MKVs. Better than none. If anyone wants to try it out for yourself, try getting the MKV files for "Ika Musume" by fffpeeps (this is just one example, there were many other titles from other groups that wouldn't play too. And some titles that did play okay).

(2): Region Hacks:
Does anyone know if there's a region hack for this unit? Even if it's just for DVDs (not BluRays)? I had an older LG DVD player (the remote to which works with the BD530, though of course it's missing some buttons being an older normal DVD player) which could be made region-free with a hack... but the hack didn't work on the BD-530.

(3) Firmware Update via USB?!?!
Since I don't have wireless internet or a laptop (only a large desktop computer in the other side of the house from where my TV/BD-530 is) it's pretty impossible for me to hook my BD530 to the internet (and be able to see anything) because my computer and TV are in opposite ends of the house. When I called LG support, I asked if one could update the player via the usb port (or by burning a CD-ROM) as has been the case with earlier LG DVD players. He said yes... that you can download the firmware updates online and put them on a usb stick and upgrade the player that way. But I didn't find any place on LG's webpage where there was a way to download the current (or latest) firmware for the player in order to do this. Is this true? Or is the only way to upgrade the firmware for this unit ONLY by connecting the unit itself to the internet? If you can download the latest firmware from LG's website, can someone please post the URL for where it is? Thanks!

(4) Impressions: it's a cheaper player, but it works good enough and the price was right. I have a very tiny BluRay library right now, and I figure if I ever decide to go all out into BluRay, by that time there will be more bells and whistles and options on players, and I can buy a fancier unit at that point. For just an entry level unit to play BluRays, it works quite nicely. Another major point that I like is the USB jack. For normal DVD players, I use my Philips 5990 all the time (which is great -- especially with a hacked firmware that's available out there -- for watching AVIs and such through a USB jack). I remember the "old days" when I'd have to constantly burn DVDRWs (because I hate watching stuff on a computer monitor). So for what I want at this point, I'm happy with the player. It's only very slightly noisy (not that bad at all, like others have said). It does the job.

Besides wondering if there's a place on LG's website to download the latest firmware (and if firmware can be updated via the USB or only by hooking the unit up to the internet), I'd be curious if there have been any hacks or hacked firmware out there. The person who wrote a wonderful firmware hack to the (non-bluray) Philips 5990 did such a great job... I wonder... are people hacking bluray firmwares, or is it just too complicated?

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Originally Posted by bdeyes View Post

I read someone's post asking about 551 vs 530 (firmware updates), but couldn't find the page myself. Thanks for helping me find it (though I see there's still nothing for 530, if as someone wrote, it's been removed for updating).

Noise: glad to see you seem you know it all, but my unit is not noisy at all. If it were I'd have returned it immediately because that kind of stuff bothers me. "Confirmed."

Region: I didn't ask about PAL DVDs, I asked simply about a region hack because I have a lot of Japanese NTSC Region 2 DVDs. And yes, I already checked videohelp.com and saw no hack there before posting here. I figured this would be the place where it would appear first before someone gets around to posting it over at videohelp's hack listings. So I'm to take it as of now there's no hack for the 530? And (as I wrote) I already tried the region hacks for other players (including one I used to have) that didn't work on the 530. I get the region warning when I insert a Region 2 DVD.

MKVs: well let's see, as I wrote, some MKVs work, others don't. I've seen reviews such as here or on Amazon where people post that all the MKVs they've thrown at it have worked fine on the unit. This isn't true and I wanted to clarify it as well. Some do work fine, others don't work at all. No reason to get snotty in your reply.

I'm quite happy with it for what it is -- a very good low-end player.

BluRay vs Streaming: I actually agree with you on this. I always thought BluRay was a temporary thing between DVDs and streaming, but that's just my opinion only. I won't post it like it's a fact, in a dismissive tone against any other opinions.

Sorry for pointing this out, but this forum would be a lot better if people weren't so snotty in their replies. If you think I've gone overboard by pointing this out, why don't you re-read your reply to me? Just a thought.

If anyone is successful in finding a region hack for this unit, please post it here. My suspicions from the past (especially with LG units) is that there probably is a hack but that LG isn't letting it out...

No one is getting snotty, we just don;t appreciate people coming on here and posting conjecture as fact.

Fact=All MKV's that are 1920*1080 or lower, and profile 4.1 or lower will work. Its not hit and miss, its all about profile.
post #267 of 433
One thing I noticed is that you cannot turn off hdmi audio if you have a receiver. So the only solution is to mute the tv.

As for changing mkv profile 5.1 to 4.1 it works but the video becomes pixelated. I've only tested one file so far so perhaps it's a hit or miss.
post #268 of 433
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Originally Posted by ankzap View Post
This is great news! Mind sharing the name of the other forum?
Who cares!!!! Everybody knows at this point that if you can't make your DVD player "region free" then make your disk "region free"!
post #269 of 433
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Originally Posted by 257Tony View Post
No one is getting snotty, we just don;t appreciate people coming on here and posting conjecture as fact.

Fact=All MKV's that are 1920*1080 or lower, and profile 4.1 or lower will work. Its not hit and miss, its all about profile.
I'm behind this 200%

Every mkv I tried so far either played fine, or if it didn't -- then simple profile conversion fixed it. In fact, I can't create "bad" file if I try!!!
The video quality "f.. up" is most definitely related to some codec issue on the PC! Simple fact is that profile change in tsmuxer DOES NOT re-code video, but incorrect codecs can potentially effect some file settings and as a result you get bad video quality.
So, once again, it all comes down to this: if your player plays some mkvs fine, but not others -- it has nothing to do with the player! If your mkv didn't play at all and after you "tsmuxed" it plays with bad quality -- it's a PC hardware / software issue...

...and yet no one is willing to post (upload) any problem files.

I'm currently using latest version of tsmuxer and latest release of mkvmerge. In tsmuxer the only setting I change is the profile number; in mkvmerge I set video compression to 'none' and set fps to the correct value.
post #270 of 433
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Originally Posted by transitoryspace View Post
Update: Just hacked player. Region free and ability to load other LG Software. Aka NETFLIX.
Ps due to negitivity AND stupidity of some people on here i will not be releasing it here but on another forum. Find me there and see my guide and files.

DONT PM ME. THANKS
Can you tell me which "other forum" ?? I need to make my player region free.
Thank you
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