Googling around a bit tells me that you can actually get rid of the region coding -- BUT IT'S SO CONFUSING. Some sites state that you need to burn a CD and "flash" the drive, while others tell you to find and download a specific file that matches your kind of drive. And then there's programs as well, that supposedly run in the background to cheat the drive and let you switch region codes however many times you want (or something IDEK).
Here are some of the places I've been looking at:
I just don't know what to do, despite reading up on it for hours. I don't want to just randomly test something either, as there's plenty of "this could potentially ruin your drive!" warnings -- and I definitely can't afford to buy a new one right now.
From what I can tell my drive is called TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223Q. Any and all advice will be much appreciated! Thanks in advance :)