CD-i 18x power question

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CD-i 18x power question

Post by cdifan » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:37 pm

Does anyone here know if a CDI 18x/37 set (US version) which is rated for 120V / 60Hz can handle the 220V / 50Hz power produced by most converters?

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Post by cdifan » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:45 pm

I found out that it does indeed work. Now I need to find a working CDI 180 pointing device, standard peripherals unfortunately don't work...

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Post by cdifan » Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:24 am

Here's a nice picture...

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I'm using a cheap 100W power converter (€19,95); it works fine.

Edit: If you want more photos, look here, it's the same set.

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Post by K1ngArth3r » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:42 pm

Looking good, I'm glad it's all up and running and arrived in one piece for you :-)

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Post by cdifan » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:20 pm

It's running, yeah, but I can't do much with the physical thing. :(

I haven't got a working pointing device (yet) and without that I cannot click "CD-I" to get a disc playing. There's also no serial port. I've thought of ways to remedy both, though.

Shameless plug: Details on my blog tonight!

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Post by K1ngArth3r » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:26 pm

Can we get a link to the blog?

(Sorry if I've missed it)

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Post by cdifan » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:33 pm

The link is on my website, but here it is: CD-i Bits.

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Post by Erronous » Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:01 pm

I think I only have one mouse and remote control, but I do have an extra serial port for the cdi180. IIRC the serial port is just a connector on a PCB which plugs into the machine, no logic. I also have the third authoring module.

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Post by cdifan » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:00 pm

That's what I suspected, and today I confirmed it. The serial port is indeed just a connector.

I found a pair of 75188/75189 chips on the print (RS232 line drivers/receivers) and with my multimeter I traced the serial I/O signals from the 68070 through these chips and a resistor to the PCB card edge connector. I know even the pins.

Edit: Much more about CD-i 180 internals is described in the new article on my CD-i Bits blog.

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