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Samsung DVD-P191 24 user region code/hacks January 03, 2012 Post region code/hack comment
Region code hack posted by momoviez, July 06 2009:

These are the instructions to unlock the player.

Turn player on with no disc in the tray

With “No Disc” showing, press the following key sequences on the remote

“No Disc” → Press REPEAT (On Remote)→ FR (this is the fast rewind button directly underneath the disc menu button),PLAY,DWN,DWN,RIGHT → Will Automatically change to region free (region 9)

9 shows up on the screen, no red circles(error message) should appear while applying the code.

Then open and close the tray, turn the DVD player off and back on and it should now be unlocked for multi-region playback.



Region code hack posted by momoviez, July 07 2009:

These are the instructions to unlock the player.

Turn player on with no disc in the tray

With “No Disc” showing, press the following key sequences on the remote

“No Disc”
Press REPEAT (On Remote)
FR (this is the fast rewind button directly underneath the disc menu button)
PLAY,DWN,DWN,RIGHT
Will Automatically change to region free (region 9)

9 shows up on the screen, no red circles(error message) should appear while applying the code.

Then open and close the tray, turn the DVD player off and back on and it should now be unlocked for multi-region playback.



Region code hack posted by planetrock, July 11 2009:

Hack did not work on P191 purchased from WalMart in July 2009.

Pressing these keys gave me the 'function not available' red crossed-out circle symbol.



Region code hack posted by youlweb, July 28 2009:

I found a successful key sequence to unlock my samsung dvd p191:

With no disc in the tray, turn the power on.
On the samsung screen it will say "no disc"

Grab the remote and press:

-repeat
-fast rewind
-next chapter
-fast forward
-previous chapter
-play

A grid should appear on the screen with numbers in boxes, some highlighted, some not.
Using the arrow keys and the enter key, move around and turn off all the boxes except the one with a number 9 in it.
Press play to validate the changes. Your player will save and turn off. When you turn it back on, it should play DVDs from any region.

Nothing else worked for me, good luck with your own.



Region code hack posted by cwesselman10, July 28 2009:

Purchased Samsung DVD-P191 from Walmart on 07/28/09. Attempted hack from "youlweb" and got to the grid box. Highlighted numbers were: 3,8,19,21,25. Highlighted box #9 and unhighlighted all other boxes. Hit Play to save and the unit powered off. Turned player back on and could not play any DVDs. I am glad I wrote down those five numbers. Hack did not work.



Region code hack posted by MacGP, August 02 2009:

Tested on a Region 4 DVD-P191 purchased in Colombia / South America.

Hack described in first post works fine. Didn't even need to push the eject/close button once the sequence was finished and the number 9 appeared on the left top side of the screen.

Make sure you don't mistake the FR (fast rewind indicated by 2 arrows pointing to the left) button located beneath the "Disc Menu" button with the arrow left button located beneath the "Menu" button.



Region code hack posted by cwesselman10, August 10 2009:

Purchased Samsung DVD-P191 from Walmart on 07/28/09. Attempted hack from "youlweb" and got to the grid box. Highlighted numbers were: 3,8,19,21,25. Highlighted box #9 and unhighlighted all other boxes. Hit Play to save and the unit powered off. Turned player back on and could not play any DVDs. I am glad I wrote down those five numbers. Hack did not work.

I am posting the results again of this hack as it didn't work for me. I followed instructions, which got me to the grid box and highlighted #9 "only" and still no luck. Any DVD would not play. Would it be possible to highlight all the boxes including #9 in the grid box? I should mention that the DVD-P191 is a Region 1 DVD Player.



Region code hack posted by Sanders, August 30 2009:

None of these hacks worked for me. I'm in region 2

The hack in which one can highlight digits left me with a player that does not play dvd's at all. It would be usefull to publish the digits that should be highlighted in the different regions.

If you do not change them, there is no danger.



Region code hack posted by jsprod, August 30 2009:

player bought in region 2

turn on the dvd without disc in the tray
press repeat (not repeat a-b)
press fast forward (button under the zoom-button)
press fast rewind
press fast forward
press up
press down

9 appears in top left corner!

This hack works for me.



Region code hack posted by Sanders, August 31 2009:

Could you then look in the grid that youlweb above has brought about and post the digits that are highlighted.

Then I will see if this sheds some light on the matter for all regions.




Region code hack posted by jsprod, August 31 2009:

see above: cwesselman10, August 10 2009:
Purchased Samsung DVD-P191 from Walmart on 07/28/09. Attempted hack from "youlweb" and got to the grid box. Highlighted numbers were: 3,8,19,21,25.



Region code hack posted by Sanders, September 01 2009:

That confirms what I think.
3,8,19,21,25 make it a region 1 player.
Now I'd like to have the digits of a player that is region free. If those work on my machine, it might be a hack for these players everywhere.



Region code hack posted by blink_videohelp, September 12 2009:

I just bought a DVD-P191 (region-1) from Wal-Mart. I had tried all posted hacks. The hack posted by youlweb on July 28 2009 was the only one that worked for my player.

I tested my player before I applied any hack. It only playable DVDs were region 1. It refused all my region 3 DVDs.

-repeat
-fast rewind (below the DISC MENU)
-next chapter (above the RETURN)
-fast forward (below the ZOOM)
-previous chapter (right above the MENU)
-play

By default, 3, 8, 19, and 21 were highlighted. The 25 was not highlighted in my machine. I followed the instruction to un-highlight all of them and highlighted 9 instead. That unlocked my region code. It plays my region 3 DVDs without any problem.

Note: This player does not play any VCD at all. Too bad for me.




Region code hack posted by joe_bloggs_videohelp, September 14 2009:

Bought region 1 DVD player from Wal-Mart, Illinois, August 2009.

Tried all hacks, but none worked completely: using blink_videohelp instructions I got screen with 3,8,19,21,25
highlighted. I tried switching all off all apart from 9, but this played no DVDs. Just for fun, I unhighlighted 3,8,19,21 and rehighlighted 9, this works to play both region 1 and 2 DVDs.

To recap:

-repeat
-fast rewind (below the DISC MENU)
-next chapter (above the RETURN)
-fast forward (below the ZOOM)
-previous chapter (right above the MENU)
-play

If 3, 8, 19, 21 and 25 are highlighted, un-highlight 3,8,19,21, and highlight 9 instead, leaving 25 highlighted. Then press play.

The DVD player now plays region 1 and region 2 (PAL!) DVDs no problem.




Region code hack posted by cwesselman10, October 16 2009:

Okay, everyone seems to be making some progress. Again, ever since I purchased my Samsung DVD-P191 from Walmart, I can get to the grid using youlweb's post. By deselecting 3,8,19,21,25 and highlighting box #9 "only" does not work for me. I see in these posts where folks have tried this and your DVD player doesn't play any DVDs. This is what happens to me, too. Supposedly, this DVD player is to convert PAL to NTSC. So, playing a PAL DVD should work anyway. From a previous post someone indicates highlighting 3,8,19,21 and highlight 9 will play Region 1 and 2(PAL) DVDs. I have no solution but am hoping someone comes across a hack that works, so I can have a Region Free DVD player. I'm tired of burning a DVD, then using Slysoft AnyDVD to make it Region Free, then burning a second DVD. This is the only workaround that I know. This is wasting DVDs and it stinks. Please, someone come up with a hack for this. Please see my previous posts/comments. Thank you.



Region code hack posted by D981, October 19 2009:

This hack that has been listed worked for my friends DVD Region 4 Player. By the way the code for our region is 1,8,10,19,21 if you use the other hack listed on this page.

With “No Disc” showing, press the following key sequences on the remote

“No Disc”
Press REPEAT (On Remote)
FR (this is the fast rewind button directly underneath the disc menu button)
PLAY,DWN,DWN,RIGHT

This will Automatically change the Player to region free (region 9)

The 9 shows up on the top left of screen, no red circles(error message) should appear while applying the code.

Then open and close the tray, turn the DVD player off and back on and it should now be unlocked for multi-region playback.

Initially I thought it had not worked. It did play, but was in black and white.

I did find that I had to go to the DVD's Setup Menu and into Display. From there I changed the TV type from Auto to PAL due to it being the system we use in Australasia.(This is a must do if you have an older TV)

NTSC is what you would set it on in the United States. From then on the DVD played any Disc in colour. Do not leave Display on Auto as it changes to the format of the disc.

The other hack worked as well, but I found this one to be much easier to set up.

The other Hack is
-repeat
-fast rewind
-next chapter
-fast forward
-previous chapter
-play

Then delete all the boxes with the enter button.(Write the numbers that had been there in case this doesn't work) Highlight the 9 box with the enter button.
Press play to set. the player will turn off.

Again with this hack you will have to change the Display setting in the Setup Menu from Auto to either NTSC or PAL TV Type to play any region disc.


Ken



Region code hack posted by Madskills, December 02 2009:

I bought mine in Sweden yesterday.
The only method that works is this

To recap:

-repeat
-fast rewind (below the DISC MENU)
-next chapter (above the RETURN)
-fast forward (below the ZOOM)
-previous chapter (right above the MENU)
-play

The orginal setting was 2,8,10,17,19,21,25 (REG 2 only)

How ever I can make it REG 1 only by switching to
3,8,19,21,25

I doesn´t work to only set no 9 or no 9 and 25.
I can´t maket it Region free. Only REG1 OR REG2

Has anyone figured this out?





Region code hack posted by mungbean34, December 24 2009:

I have finally got my DVD-P191 to be region free!
I'm in Australia which is a region 4 country. None of the above messages have exactly worked for me.
I tried changing the grid to have just 9 highlighted; this did not play anything. I tried going back to play region 4s. I didn't pay attention to the original numbers so took D981's advice and put 1,8,10,19,21 but it did not play anything. Then i tried someones suggestion of just 9,25 ; which played region 2 but not region 4. Then i recapped on D981's comment and tried changing the Display setting in the Setup menu to PAL instead of AUTO which i didn't try before, and then highlight only 9. Still nothing. Then finally I just went back to 9,25 ; thinking it will just play region 2 however it plays both region 2 and 4 (which i assume means its region free as I don't have any other region DVDs to try)! Because, unlike the first time i tried 9,25, this time i had set the Display setting to PAL. Try this way if u are in a region 4 area. Might work for other places too? Goodluck!



Region code hack posted by bjorninn, December 24 2009:

tried all the hacks only to find it played no DVD's then
finally reversed it by using Madskills method (I have a
region 2 player). Then I read the Samsung DVD-P191K hack and
that worked just fine, here it is:

1. Turn player on with without disc in tray.
2. Wait until "no disc" appears on TV screen
3. Press "repeat" (not "repeat A-B"!) on remote.
4. Press in sequence following keys:
Region 2 players: FF, FR, FF, UP, DOWN
Region 3 players: FF, PLAY, FR, UP, LEFT
Region 4 players: FR, PLAY, DOWN, DOWN, RIGHT
Region 5 players: FF, UP, DOWN, STOP, RIGHT
Region 6 players: LEFT, RIGHT, RIGHT, PLAY, LEFT

Number "9" must appear in upper left corner of TV screen,
that means that sequence was successful and player is now
region free.
If it does not appear turn repeat from beginning.

After successful sequence turn player off and on again just
in case.


Just be sure you know what region your player is before you
begin :D merry christmas!



Region code hack posted by Wasilla, February 07 2010:

Bought a Samsung DVD-P191 Region 2 player in Czech Republic, Feb 2010 and the instructions described in the post marked

"jsprod, August 30 2009:"

worked perfectly for me (thanks jsprod).



Region code hack posted by Ozzie_Bob, August 14 2010:

The other posted hacks didn't work for my region 4 (Australia) DVD-P191,
but a slight modification let me play both region 1 and 4 discs (and probably
others)

Bring up "the grid" according to previously posted directions:

Repeat
Fast Rewind
Next Chapter
Fast Forward
Prev Chapter
Play

(Note, for region 4 the numbers were 1,8,10,19,21,25)

Change to 9,19,21,25 (might work with 8,9,19,21,25 - didn't try)

That's it.



Region code hack posted by kbook, August 31 2010:

I bought the machine from Walmart.

Region 1

default switches are

3 8 19 21

I replaced 3 with 9 and I can play Region 3 PAL DVD on my NTSC TV but it did not play smoothly so I unchecked 8 so it plays smoothly now.

so my current setting is

9 19 21

** switch 10 is to add TV SYSTEM (AUTO, PAL, NTSC) setting to the display setting but I wouldn't recommend for NTSC TV cause it was set to AUTO and it was a pain for me to set that to PAL unless you know the menu precisely
(the screen is moving around because incompatible system)

** switch 19 is the Video Output under the display setting (I-SCAN, P-SCAN) so if you unchecked, the option will be gone from the menu.

Some Euro model might have a SCART output and I think there may be a switch to add the output option to the menu so you guy need to check and post them here. I hope this will help lots of people.



Region code hack posted by justneededtheinfo, January 24 2011:

I have a region 5 player with the codes 1 3 8 10 16 17 19 21 25. I did a matrix with the codes from the other regions displayed here. Having done that it was obvious that boxes 1,2 and 3 form an octal count of the region. i.e region 1 has bit one set, region 2 has bit 2 set, region 4 has bit 3 set and region five has bits one and three set. Obviously with 3 bits one can count only to 7 so it seemed that region 9 must be zero. So I cleared bits 1,2 and 3 and left the rest as they were. Worked for my region 2 and 5 discs. Hope that helps



Region code hack posted by haefeli, January 03 2012:

My Smasung DVD player is set to region 4 and I would like to play a region 2 DVD
thanks




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