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CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 34  •  8/22/1998


Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 12:09:17 EDT
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 3 No. 33

Tom:  Very interesting re: SJT400 -- can the chip be replaced?  The player is
now operating in an airconditioned environment -- and the white wash occurs at
different times -- sometimes when the player is first started its white washed
and then it clears up (only to return) and sometimes it starts clear and then
becomes white washed.  Is the chip (or board) available and is it easily
replaced -- if not would Radio Shak (with their promise of repairing all
brands of electronics) be able to repair this?  Thanks for your help.

Note:  the drive belt is new and so is the stylus/cartridge.


From: Unclejack
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 21:47:50 -0400
Subject: Working STEREO player with remote, disks

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working - with working remote

82 CED packages

Action - 7 titles
Animation - 7 titles
Classic - 2 titles
    Citizen Kane RKO 1941
    Psycho Universal 1960
Comedy - 20 titles
Disney - 9 titles
Drama - 4 titles
Music - 25 titles
Other - 5 titles (2 preview albums)

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individual disks $5/each
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Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 22:26:26 -0700
From: Tom Howe
Subject: RE:RE:Washed Out Video on SJT400 Player


The additional information that the washed out appearance comes and goes makes
me think that this is not heat failure of the OSC Video Chip. Usually when heat
failure begins it remains constant until the player is turned off and allowed to
cool or the problem chip is cooled off by some other means, like the supercool
propellant sprays used to pinpoint heat failure problems.
The intermittent washed out video points to one or more nodes inside the player
experiencing intermittent electrical contact. This could be a
difficult-to-locate cold solder joint, or more likely, oxidation on one of the
multiple-pin header connectors that link the circuit boards together. 
To fix this problem, the player should be put in the service position as
detailed in the service manual. Sometimes the mere action of establishing the
service position is enough to repair a malfunctioning player, as the header
connectors all get jiggled a little bit during the process. But even if this
occurs, all the header connectors should be unplugged and replugged several
times (with the power off) to scrape off more oxidation and ensure a long-term
fix. The connectors holding the sandwich of the OSC and RKM boards together also
need to be unplugged and replugged.

--Tom Howe

Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 22:55:41 -0700
From: Tom Howe
Subject: DVD Surpasses CED

Hello All:

According to CEMA figures, there were 84,709 DVD players shipped to dealers in
July 1998, bringing the total for 1998 up to 361,046 DVD players. When added to
the 1997 figure of 437,000 players that brings the total so far up to 798,000
units, thus surpassing the total of 750,000 CED players manufactured through the
end of 1984. Measured against time, DVD player sales have been out performing
CED player sales by about 3-to-1, taking into account the fact that about
200,000 of those CED players were sold at discount after the system was canceled
in April 1984. 

These CEMA figures are published in the Laser Scans Newsletter available at:

The August 1st issue has an interesting discussion of the DVD vs. DIVX debacle.
It is creating consumer apathy and confusion similar to that generated by Beta
vs. VHS in 1977 and LaserDisc vs. CED in 1981.

--Tom Howe


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