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Pioneer DV-490V

6 user region code comments

November 24, 2007 Post region code/hack comment
PostRegion code hack posted by karg, June 24 2006:

Peter's LIRC hack for DV-454 works fine also for DV-490V! I used WinLIRC. :)

PostRegion code hack posted by mike, August 11 2006:

I have been trying to use Peter's hack for a while with no luck. I have tried from both a laptop and OmniRemote on a Palm. In both cases the player turns off, but when it comes back on it's not multiregion. Any ideas?

PostRegion code hack posted by Big C, August 12 2006:

According to one of those guys at one of those online remote control rental services, this procedure is not possible on North American models. However, there have been reports that the firmware found at works internationally. Good luck.

PostRegion code hack posted by Pioneer FAQ, January 13 2007:

New firmware at to make your player multiregional

PostRegion code hack posted by JCR, May 20 2007:

Just go to this link download the zip file. Unzip and read the txt file with instructions. It works with PAL players.


PostRegion code hack posted by Roli001, November 24 2007:

Pioneer DV-490 Region 1 Hack

I am the proud owner of a hacked region 1 Pioneer DV-490V bought in Canada.

1. Download the modified soft from There are several files, but I downloaded and tested file Zmodyfikowane fw YDB6C18A - by Robert wer. z dnia 22.4.2007. (YOU MAY NEED TO LOG ON TO DOWNLOAD FILES)
2. Unzip all 4 files.
3. For 490 change the file name to: YDB6c18A.BIN
4. Burn the YDB6c18A.BIN file to a blank CD-R following instructions from the PDF file: Instrukcja wgrywania oprogramowania dla odtwarzaczy Pioneer.pdf
5. Put the CD in the DVD and when prompted confirm that you want to update the software.
6. The software will downloaded and the disk will be ejected.
7. Take out the disk and wait 1-2 minuts for the DVD to update. DURING THIS TIME DO NOT TURN THE DVD OFF OR PLAY WITH THE REMOTE!!!
8. Once the DVD restarts press and hold the PLAY button on your remote until the DVD turns itself off.

Walla - you now have a region free DVD.

IMPORTANT: The downloaded software switches your on screen language from English to Polish. The remaining languages are still available.

If you want English language then look here:

I have not tested the files from the above link so use at own risk.

Great thanks for the hack to Robert and Dinderi from the PIONEERDIVX.NET forums!!

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