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CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 44  •  11/6/1999


Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 05:49:52 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: RE: CED Drive Belts

>I have a question about loading belts for Realistic model and RCA models.McM
>Electronics have no part# for this belt.I only guess that it is no longer
>made.....Can you help me in finding a loading belt supplier....

You can get the specs for CED player belts and their equivalent PRB stock
numbers on the CED Player Belt Replacement Guide page:

And you can buy the belts ($1 for short belts, $2 for long ones) on the CED
Player Belt Ordering Form page:

Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 13:00:56 -0500
From: Justin Slotman
Subject: Story & a question for the list

Okay, so I picked up a SFT-100, which works fine and everything, and
I'm starting to build up a collection of CEDs. And I buy a stack of them
on ebay (not the recommended way of purchasing CEDs, due to the ease
with which it removes money from your pockets; eBay is eVil) and one is
a copy of Pirates of Penzance --the movie version with Kevin Kline,
which I really wanted to see. I put it in the player and it's really
jumpy in the beginning, so I figure I'll let it play, so it'll clean the
disc. And I go back to my computer in the other room to be, you know, an
internet dork and everything, and when I go back to check on it, the
player is just stuck on one part of the movie; the sreen is almost
black, with a few vertical lines of distortion and a hideous static-like
sound covering up the barely audible (at this point) movie's soundtrack.
I try to visual search past it --nothing doing-- and then I try rapid
access past it-- which works, briefly, until I try it again, when the
player just stops reading anything off the disc --just the black screen
you get when you turn the player on without a disc in. I take Pirates of
Penzance out, and then take the disc out of the caddy. The disc itself
has little spots on it, like mold or something; actually all of the
discs had a musty smell to them, like they'd been stored down in the
basement with the camping equipment for way too long. So --I'm guessing
this is somewhat equivalent to the "muddy river" scenario Tom mentioned
as the only justifiable reason for taking a disc out of the caddy and
washing it-- I washed it in the kitchen sink.
	But here's the kicker: now my player is extremely tempermental, to the
point of (today) not working at all. It won't play anything now, not the
musty discs, not even my immaculate copy of Empire Strikes Back. I took
out the cartridge to look at it; it's a 154100 and I know the preferred
cartridge for the SFT100 is the 149000 --but that's not that big of a
deal; I mean, it always worked before. And maybe it'll work again; just
not when I want it to. I got it to play a couple of clean discs
yesterday, but today, nothing. So --I mean, my question is:
	What has happened here? Can a bum copy of Pirates of Penzance kill my
stylus cartridge? It doesn't look damaged upon inspection; the needle
looks real tiny, but I don't know how it's supposed to look ordinarily.
I checked the felt pad Tom mentions in the FAQ too; the mechanism is
working, so I don't think it's that. If I can somehow clean the
cartridge or something --I mean, that would be great. I'm just wondering
why it was working briefly yesterday after the bum disc, but today,
nothing. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Justin Slotman

Date: Sun, 31 Oct 1999 18:57:56 -0500
From: Justin Slotman
Subject: ADDENDUM to Story & a question for the list OR I answer my own question

I took out the cartridge and there was just the tiniest bit of crud on
the needle that I brushed off with my finger. ALL RIGHT! Simple
solution. Boy --is my face red....

Justin Slotman

From: "Peter Veach"
To: <>
Subject: Stereo Player
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 19:43:38 -0600

Anyone have a late model Stereo RCA Selectavison Player they want to part
company with?
Looking for one in excellent condition (working and cosmetically). Must be
complete. Extra stylus a Plus.

Email with info and price.

My collection has grown to the point that I want a better player.....



Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 15:32:50 +0000
From: Matt Wilson
Subject: NTSC CEDs on a PAL machine...

Would anyone know what would happen if you play a U.S. NTSC disk on a U.K.
PAL CED machine?  

Most modern U.K. televisions (Panasonic's, certainly) are 'multi-format'
nowadays and can accept 60Hz 525 line NTSC composite video signals as well
as PAL (which is 625 line, 50Hz for those wondering), but what would the
player make of it....

- Matt.

From: ChadBeaky
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 11:02:53 EST
Subject: Re:  CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 43

Stan, I would like to know how to recieve the service manual for the 
100w.Copies should be fine..............

Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 01:37:12 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
To: <>

The following discussion about CED's was recently posted to the newsgroup I'm wondering what other people on the list have
to say about finding CED stuff in thrift stores, as I have seen almost
nothing for the past year. I believe everything is being rapidly snatched
up by Ebay sellers, as there's always a large number of CED auctions there
now, which seem to originate both from thrift store and estate sale finds
as well as from people disposing of their personal collections they've had
in storage for years.

ON 1999/10/30 <> WROTE:
I did pick up a RCA Selectivision player yesterday to
replace my busted one. Is it just me, or are these things crawling out of
the woodworks. Until a few months ago, I'd never seen one or heard of one,
but now they're everywhere (ok maybe not everywhere) and more people are
posting about finding them.

ON 1999/10/31 <puredthi@cs.comfrobozz> WROTE:
All the CED owners are switching to DVD...  there's some weird cosmic
time-lapse that made most CED owners unaware that there was another video
disc format known as "laserdisc" in the years between CED and DVD. 
Honestly, this seems to be the best explanation- everyone stayed away
from LD in droves, hanging on to their Selectavision CED players,
waiting for "the next big thing".I'm surprised at the amount of CED stuff
out there now- and I live in the city that houses the old
Selectavision pressing plant.

ON 1999/10/31 <> WROTE:
I believe that the laserdisc came out in about 1977.  The CED videodiscs
were made between 1981 and 1986.  They are not coming out of the woodwork
around here (NE Portland, Oregon).
Thanks, Toby Wickwire

ON 1999/11/01 <> WROTE:
Like other people have said, CED was a video format pushed by a handful
of companies during part of the eighties.  It used "micro-groove" vinyl
discs in a plactic caddy (they look like giant 3.5" diskettes).  I'm
fairly certain that they were analog and actually had a pretty good picture
quality. I've been noticing a lot of CED stuff, too.  I actually saw a
whole stack of CED porno at the flea market a couble weeks ago! :P I hadn't
thought of it, but the DVD explanation seems good. I've also been noticing a
lot of BETA probably for the same reason...not much LD though...?

ON 1999/11/01 <puredthi@cs.comfrobozz> WROTE:
...I was just referring to the fact that there has been a video disc
format in the time between CED and DVD; I know LD predates CED- I collect
both.  Most people around here assume CED was the only disc format
before DVD. ...and considering LD's heyday was from the late 80's to 1997 or so... 


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