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Virtualbox, AnyDVD and read errors

If AnyDVD pops up a big warning dialog about read errors (suggesting a region-free fimware from, cleaning the DVD, etc), and you're using it inside Virtualbox, then the correct solution is:

Stop the virtual machine. The Settings icon will become available. Click it and select Storage. Select the DVD drive, and a checkbox named Passthrough will appear. Enable that and close the dialog. When you restart the guest Windows, AnyDVD will be able to read discs it previously refused to touch. I've a region-2 drive and can now read the region-4 films I purchased from 2001Video in Brazil. It seems AnyDVD is suddenly a great deal faster, too.

The other effect of this change is that Windows now has full rights to your DVD drive.

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