Pioneer DV-505 Region 4 Mod
This modification will allow a Pioneer DV-505 Region 4 to be set to
a specific region (eg region 1) to allow playback of all disks. Like all
modifications, I presume that this modification VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY. Also,
be aware that this modification worked on my player, but USE IT AT YOUR
OWN RISK. I take no responsibility for you stuffing up your player - there
are plenty of people who will modify your player for you for a reasonable
fee if you don't have the knowledge or skills to do it yourself. Having
said that, however, this is actually a very simple modification to perform
if you have reasonable skills with a soldering iron. IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
THE INSTRUCTIONS, DON'T DO IT.
I read a message on the alt.video.dvd newsgroup (I think) the other
day, where someone was discussing the way they did this mod. Since they
were not competent with a soldering iron, they bought some conductive paint
(like that which is used on rear window demisters in cars) and painted
the two pads together. I can't vouch for this method, but it sounds reasonable
Hardware Modification Instructions
Open the player up (7 screws - 4 on the side, 3 on the back)
Remove the 4 screws holding down the PC board on the right side of the
unit (this will also loosen the RF shield on the board). Be aware of the
left rear screw which has a cable tidy attached which you will need to
replace later when you put everything back in place.
Unplug the shielded lead from the right rear of the PC board
You will now be able to lift the PC board away from its mount. I suggest
lifting the right side of the board & flipping it like a page from
a book until it is at about a 45 degree angle.
Place your player on its side so that the UNDERSIDE of the PC board is
easily visible to you and easily accessible to you.
Looking at the PC board now, locate a section on the near left side of
the board which looks like the picture below.
Here is a photo of the relevant section of the PC board to guide you.
Solder the two pads nearest to you together.
Put the player back together.
How to Use the Modification
To change the region on your player, do the following, using the remote
control, before inserting the disc you want to play.
Select Initial from the Setup Menu and press Enter
Now press Display on the Remote control. This will expand the information
displayed to include the currently selected region.
Press Condition on the Remote
Choose the region by selecting a number on the numeric keypad (1 - 8 are
Press Menu again to save the region code.
Play your disc.
to view another site which has essentially the same information on it (and
from which I pinched the photograph). This
site also has pictures (small,
of how to modify your player to disable Macrovision. I have not yet tried
this mod (but have pinched the pictures in case the site goes down). Apparently
not all revisions of the DV-505 are suitable for the Macrovision mod; any
firmware revisions over 1.4xx/x WILL NOT WORK.