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Samsung HT-J4500K

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December 17, 2017 Post region code/hack comment
PostRegion code hack posted by Marco, December 17 2017:

This device is sold in South Africa as a
locked region 2 DVD and region B Blue-ray
player. There is no current procedure for
unlocking the Blue-ray and it is probably
not necessary because over 80% of released
disks are region free anyway. (Just don't
ever buy the other 20% and they will get
the message soon enough!)

To change the DVD from region 2 (Europe
(with the exceptions of Russia, Ukraine,
Belarus), Japan, South Africa, Swaziland,
Middle East, Egypt, Lesotho, and
Greenland) to region 9 (region free)
follow these steps using the remote
control. (Adapted from
'Region code hack posted by wildbull1984,
May 09 2010' for South African

1. Ensure that there is no disk in the

2. Switch the player off and then back on.
This is necessary to clean-boot the

3. Wait until the main menu page appears
and the player stops doing anything.

4. Press the eject button to open the
tray. (The button is between the "Power"
and "TV Power" buttons at the top of the

5. Press the eject button to close the

6. Wait while the player searches for a

7. As soon as the "No Disk" message
appears at the top left corner do the

8. Press the REPEAT button just above
the TV channel selector at the bottom
right of the controller.

9. Enter 5 7 5 3 8 on the number pad.

10. The region code "4" (yes "4" which
should have been "2") should appear at the
top left corner of the screen.

11. Enter a "9" to make the player region
free. (Enter a region code if you want to
lock the player to another region for some
obscure or perverse reason.)

12. Power down and power up again.

13. Play a foreign DVD to verify the

Now the tricky bits. This process is
timing dependent.

Firstly, you must start entering the code
just after the "No Disk" message is shown
and before the message disappears. If you
jump the gun or miss the boat (isn't
English great!) it won't work.

Secondly, the REPEAT key is part of the
code. All six keys must be entered
smoothly as "REPEAT 5 7 5 3 8". The entry
gets timed out so you can't stop in the
middle and restart. Don't bash away like
crazy, just do it smoothly and briskly.

If you don't see the "4" (or "2") the
first time, don't worry. Just repeat the
process. It took me about a dozen tries
before I got it to work.

I can't guarantee that this player does
not have a region change counter so I
would be a bit careful about changing
regions back and forth. I also can't
guarantee that this will work with all
released firmware. Samsung seems to take
this crazy region bastardry very seriously
for some reason.

For people from other parts of the world,
all region codes are as follows

1 2 9 3 3 4
2 5 7 5 3 8
3 5 6 7 3 2
4 7 6 8 8 4
5 5 3 8 1 4
6 2 4 4 6 2

P.S. I had already upgraded firmware to
version 1017.3 prior.

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