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Philips DVP3688 region unlocking

10:39 AM

This weekend we had to get a new DVD player because our old one became ridiculously temperamental over the months. It would stop playing certain DVDs, it scratched a few, sometimes refused to let go of disks forcing me to open it with a screwdriver to retrieve my precious movies from its innards...which still would have been fine if it wasn't for the fact that it would not take any command without us hitting on it, or banging it hard.
The routine to play a DVD was as follow : Press open tray button, then bang the player hard, the tray would then open, putting the disk in we had to push the tray closed manually and then bang hard again for the disk to load...it got old very fast. And, the last nail in its coffin was that it scratched Ishita's beloved Forzen DVD...time to let it go (the old stubborn player that is).

We opted for a Philips DVD player instead of our old Sony that did last far far less longer than our old LG one. All was well, we brought the player home, set it up, played Frozen to see if the scratches could be read by this new one (it can't, the Sony one killed it, the same scenes that were unreadable are still so). I congratulate myself for a painless set up, marveled at how easy it was...all was well. Until yesterday when we tried to play a DVD that had another region, than the Region 5 it is apparently locked on...DVD regions dammit!

Regions blocks have been an issue for as long as DVD existed, and unlocking players has always been possible. In fact, the 2 previous players we had were unlocked from the start, we never had an issue with them.
Unlocking a player is not difficult, you just need to have the secret code to do it, and if the player is not unlocked when you buy it, chances are the store will tell you how to do it, or offer to do it for you. Except that Croma did not do it, or offer to do it. We didn't even ask, we simply assumed the player was unlocked already, which clearly was not the case.
In such cases, the easier is to turn to the internet, because driving back to the store, and paying for someone to enter a secret code is time consuming, money consuming...and a bit stupid.

Thanks to Google, I found a list of all Philips players and their respective hacks (the code changes from models to models). Unfortunately, my model was in no lists. It turns out that this model in question seem to be sold in India and nowhere else, and all the people who asked about the question on how to unlock it were Indians. And, nobody had the answer on any forums, some people plain out gave a wrong code passing it as the real one...Frustrating to say the least.
After a lot of research, I figured out that the only one close enough to our model would be the DVP3600. At least it is the same family of player, and there was one hack for that one.

That hack turned out to be the right one. And, woot my DVD player now can play all the regions again! A 30 second procedure, that took me over an hour to find online simply because DVP3688 isn't known abroad and no one seem to bother giving the code anywhere. Well, this is no more, guys, I am revealing it now, save your time and money, trying to get it done in a shop.

Here is how, but first a picture of the remote to help you:

How to unlock the regions on your Philips DVP3688 DVD Player


1) switch on your player and TV, the DVD player will automatically display a menu : Disk, USB and Setting (cogwheel). SELECT the setting menu.

2) In the setting, scroll down to the tab called PREFERENCES, at this point make sure that at least one of the subcategories in the preferences menu is highligthed, it doesn't matter which one and no you don't select it, it just need to be highlighted to show you are indeed in the Preferences Menu.

3) Once you are in the menu in question and it is an active menu, take your remote and press the following sequence of keys : Next, Previous, Next, Previous. The keys in question are the two arrow keys I have circled in red on the remote picture above...so the sequence goes : > < > <

4) as soon as you finished entering that sequence, it will take you to a screen where your current zone is displayed, since we are in India, that number will be 5. Use the up and down arrows on the circle grey key on your remote to change the number of the region, do that until the number 0 appear.

5 ) Press OK and voila, region free player!



As you can see the code is so ridiculously simple, that there is no point in going to any store, where they might even tamper with the hardware to unlock it and void your warranty. The code doesn't tamper with anything at all, and your warranty stays safe...easy peasy!



35 comments

  1. Oh this sucks! We end up watching some vlc player with the hdmi cable. Since our laptop also has issues we get to deal with no sound and needing drivers for that. We can't figure out an unlock for the xbox we brought with us from the US :( at times the reliance dvds are region free... not always. But great tutorial!

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  2. this tutorial really works only for that specific DVD player, but it is easy to find the codes for a lot of models online. We are still the proud owner of a dinosaur era TV. The suqare bulky type, but we bought this DVD player because it has an HDMI connection, lets face it, the TV is probably something we will replace soon.

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  3. You are a genius Cyn! I was lucky to have read your blog as soon as I searched on Google for help! Thank you very much ��

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    1. Thank you Karan,
      I am really happy to hear my blog post spared the nerves of others trying to figure it out. I myself spent over an hour of intensive search trying to find that hack. After I got it right, I figured out there must be many other frustrated DVD players owner out there, it was my duty to help them :-)

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    2. Omg it worked ...thanks a lot ..thanks a lot for sharing

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  5. Its quite surprising I ended up in a cultural blog searching for a solution to region unlock my Philips DVD player DVP3256 bought from Croma few years back.

    The remote is the same as the one shown above. But in 'Preferences' menu page the unlock code to be entered is 138931.

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    1. Yeah the code varies from models to models, but during my search to find the code for mine I found out it always mean going in the preference menu. You'd think they would make one code for all their models! sigh!

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  6. thank you my dvd player problem solved.

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    1. You're welcome, glad I could help.

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  8. Thank you Cynthia! I just unlocked my new dvd player! And then read the entire blog to learn how you figured out this code :)

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    1. You are welcome :-)
      Glad that my hour of figuring it all out through trials and error is helping people unlocking their players.

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  9. Thank you Cynthia! I just unlocked my new dvd player! And then read the entire blog to learn how you figured out this code :)

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  10. Thank you! Thank You!! We did everything you said and it worked!!! Now I am reading your entire blog!

    KAREN-Bangalore

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  11. Anonymous11:46 PM

    Cyn :

    I can't thank you enough. So many DVDs bought by paying hard cash from abroad - and now we can see them, and not just have to stare at the boxes in frustration.

    Can't thank you enough.

    S

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    1. You are welcome :-)
      Glad I could help you. I had the same problem looking at all the DVDs I bought abroad and and that would not play on the player, I just had to find a solution to that issue quickly, and share it since I was aboviously the only one who figured it out for that player.

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  12. Thank you, this helped me unshackle my new DVP3688. A tip, in case someone is struggling with the same issue: was trying to press the arrow sequence fast and it wasn't working, but it worked when I entered the sequence really slow.

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    1. You are welcome :-)
      Yes pressing the keys slowly does help, let the player registering it.

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  13. Cynthia u rock girl :)

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  14. Bless you, lady ! It worked.

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  15. Thank you! Without your help we wouldn't have managed. And also would have ended up very irritated. So thank you once again.

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    1. You are welcome. I am glad it spared you some frustration. When I bought my player it took me over an hour to figure it out because there was not much of anything on that player on the Internet. I knew I had to share that code after figuring it out. And a year later, it seems it is still a very popular DVD player on the market in India with a lot of people finding their way to my blog for the solution :-)

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  16. Anonymous10:32 PM

    Thank you so much Cynthia. It's been a frustrating evening trying to get the DVD player to work and I just had to fix it to play a DivX encoded Star Wars movie for my son's birthday party - my promise to him. I was afraid this would not happen. Thanks to your hack, I can and he is going to be delighted :)

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    1. I am glad I could help :-) As a Star Wars fan myself, I would have felt sad not being able to watch any of the movies, I am glad your son got his birthday gift :-)

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  17. Anonymous7:41 PM

    thank uthank u

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  18. Hi Cynthia, I canr access the preference menu in my DVD player. If i try to scroll down it skips the preference menu.

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    1. Have you tried selecting any of the sub-menu inside the preference tab? To start the unlocking code, you absolutely need to be active in the preference tab first, otherwise it will not work at all. Could it be that you are trying to start the code before you are properly in that tab?

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  19. Anonymous12:24 AM

    Dear Cynthia
    Thank you so much. Solved the dvd problems finally. Can atlast enjoy the beautiful old classic movies once more. God bless you . love and hugs tj

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    1. I am glad to hear my blog post helped yet another person to watch all their old movies :-)
      You are very welcome for the help :-)

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  20. Thank you Cyn, that worked like magic!

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  21. Thanks a ton....I selected region 2 as there was no voice in region 0

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    1. Wow that is odd! Was there no voice on all the DVDs when setting it to region 0? I never had problem with it.

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