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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 33  •  8/18/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

August 19, 1981:
* Two U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters shoot down two Libyan SU-22s that
attacked a U.S. aircraft carrier about 60 miles from the coast of Libya.
The U.S. insists the dogfight occurred in international airspace over
the Gulf of Sidra, an area that Libya claimed as part of its territory
in 1973.

August 20, 1981:
* USDA researchers find that a species of wild bee secretes a polyester
plastic that may be useful for formulating a petrochemical-free
synthetic resin.

August 21, 1981:
* OPEC members adjourn a meeting without reaching agreement on a new oil
pricing policy.
* Future CED titles in widespread theatrical release: An American
Werewolf in London, Prince of the City.

August 22, 1981:
* "Foreigner" by Foreigner becomes No. 1 U.S. album entering the charts
at the No. 1 position.

August 23, 1981:
* Beth Daniel wins the Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf.

August 24, 1981:
* In New York City, Mark David Chapman, who pleaded guilty to the murder
of former Beatle John Lennon, is sentenced to 20 years to life in
* South Africa sends two armored columns and air units to attack Angola
to destroy guerrillas fighting for Namibia independence, which South
Africa controls and still calls South West Africa.

August 25, 1981:
* The Voyager 2 Spacecraft passes within 63,000 miles of Saturn,
revealing that the planet has thousands of rings. Voyager 2 then heads
for Uranus, which it is expected to reach in 1986.

To: Tom Howe <>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 19:05:52 -0700
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 32
From: homer j simpson <w-corleone>

Tom Funeral arangements have been made for Marias' Sears player model
number: 934.54800250  If we could all have a moment of silence to
remember the good times that it brought Maria.

God Bless that Sears player!

From: stephen_orme
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 24
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 15:46:48 +0100

On Sun, 17 Jun 2001 05:43:49 -0800, you wrote:

>I have a GEC McMicheal CED player, when I bought it, it didn't work. 
>Not knowing much about these machines, off came the lid for an 
>inspection.  It was basically sound and with a drop of 3in1 oil the 
>machine came back to life.
>The problem I cannot fix, is that upon playing a disc it sometimes 
>requires a small push of the stylus cradle to start it moving over to 
>the disc.  Whilst this isn't a major problem it means I cannot 
>operate the machine with the cover on.
>Does anybody know how to fix this??
>Thanks Mat
>PS this is a UK, PAL machine.

I'm in the UK too. How did you get hold of your machine? Is there any
way to get one other than ebay and airmail? I don't imagine they enjoy
being shipped across the Atlantic, but I imagine that discs are rare
for PAL players.

From: stephen_orme
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 29
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 15:46:50 +0100

On Mon, 23 Jul 2001 04:02:57 -0800, you wrote:

>Has anyone got a full list of CED disc's that were released in the 
>UK, i know that there is about 300, but i am interested in the titles 
>and how far i am from the whole uk collection, also anybody who any 
>ced's to sell, please contact me! (

I'm in the UK and I'd love to get a ced player. Can you tell me where
you got yours? Thanks.

From: stephen_orme
To: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 31
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 15:46:52 +0100

On Sun, 5 Aug 2001 07:09:07 -0800, you wrote:

>I know there must be some CED collectors in the UK who subscribe to CED
>Digest. I have a collection of 101 titles and amongst them I have 40
>duplicates. Any of you out there want to do some swapping? I have a
>spreadsheet available, if you want a copy drop me an email and I'll
send it
>by return.
>Cheerio from the UK. Keep up the good work Tom
>Bob Thompson

What have you got? I'd like to start a collection (it's a little late,
I know!) but I also need a player! Any tips where I could get one,
bearing in mind I am in the UK.


From: "Topy44" <topy44>
To: <>
Subject: it......WOOORKS! :)
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 03:49:01 +0200

hi ppl
as i said allready in my last message, i have a pretty weird setup for
my ced player
i live in switzerland and i use a RCA SGT200 that derrivates its sync
from the currents line frequency
the local crrents lines supply 220v 50hz, but the player requires 110v
so i use a old PC power supply to get 12v, and a 12v-to-110v power
inverter to change it back to 110v 60hz
now the problem was that the 60 hz from the inverter were anything but
so i opened up the inverter, and found 2 little potentiometers
turning these while playing a disc makes the picture change, and you can
hear the motor speed of the player change very obviously
after trying around a little i managed to get the picture work
absolutely perfect, and... big surprise, i never thaught those things
would be so great quality!
i expected something "somewhere bellow VHS" as most ppl say - well, its
far above most VHS ive ever seen.....
now ive got some trouble with the sound (theres basicly no sound at all,
its ultralow volume), but thats another problem, ill get that solved
somehow to.....
so, cya, and thanx to all the people that gave me tips

From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen>
Subject: I'm Selling (3) RCA CED PLayers!!!
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 20:22:19 -0500

 I'm Selling these Following CED Players....
                             1-RCA SJT 090:Works Great(new belts)
                             2-RCA SGT 100:Works Great(Needs New Needle)
                   3-RCASJT 100:Works Great:But Front Loading door is
Missing(Good Looking Unit) I'm Selling all (3) CED Players for $150.00.
If Anyone Is Interested...Contact me at my e-mail I Will Pay The Shipping On All 3
Players. I will Only Take A Money Order "NO CHECKS" Sorry. Allen Wolf

Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 14:34:55 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Re: CED HELP and some for sale.

>One of my players had DIED.
>When I put in the disk it makes a whirring noise and nothing else. 
>"moves" other than the spinning noise but the disk itself is not
>Anyone have any ideas where to start??
>This is a sears player model number: 934.54800250

This sounds like it could be a worn out arm drive belt. I've added the
following item to the CED Player Repair Solutions Page concerning this: --Tom Player Category: Hitachi Chassis (includes most Sears players) Fault: Worn Out Arm Drive Belt, No Playback Symptom(s): Upon loading a disc the player makes a squealing sound and the minutes counter remains at the standby position. Upon hearing this squealing sound, immediately pressing the RETURN (or RESET) button and then the PAUSE/PLAY button without unloading the disc will sometimes correct the condition and result in normal playback. Solution(s): The squealing sound is produced by the arm drive belt spinning on its pulley but being unable to move the pickup arm to the play position. This could be caused by a worn-out belt or excessive friction when the pickup arm is in the standby position. Sometimes pressing the buttons as described above jostles the pickup arm enough to overcome the binding. Another way to accomplish this is to remove the stylus cartridge access lid and gently push the pickup arm towards the play position while the player is making the squealing noise. To correct this condition, the first solution is to obtain a replacement belt and install it on the arm drive motor at the left rear of the player. If the squealing sound and no playback persist, it will be necessary to locate the source of the pickup arm binding and correct it.


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