Compatible Laserdisc Players -
Sega / Hitachi
VIP-9500SG, Hitachi VIP-9550
(2), Pioneer LD-V1001
- Owners Manual
Sega / Hitachi VIP9500SG
- Owners Manual (12 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Operating Instructions (7
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Interface Guide (24 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Service Manual (incomplete) (28
- Schematics (27 pages)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Cleaning optics (1 page)
Pioneer LD-V1000 - Changing laser tube
(1) The Hitachi VIP9550 is compatible with Astron Belt and Galaxy
Ranger as well as the Sega / Hitachi VIP9500SG. The player must be set to 9600
baud rate for proper communication with the PCB. The dip switch settings for
the Hitachi VIP9550 are: 1-up, 2-up, 3-up, 4-up. For info on the Hitachi
Command Set, check the
Hitachi Command Set page.
(2) The Pioneer LD-V1000 / LD-V1001 will only work in
an Astron Belt with the proper hardware and disc.
When using the LD-V1000
in Astron Belt, you must cross pins 7 and 17 on the
ribbon cable going from the LD-V1000 / LD-V1001 to the main board.
Laserdisc Pressing -
Astron Belt had two different disc pressings. There is a Sega labeled
double-sided disc and a Pioneer labeled single-sided
disc. The Pioneer disc was shipped with games using the Pioneer LD-V1000 or
LD-V1001 laserdisc player and corresponding game PCBs. The Sega disc was
shipped with games using the Sega / Hitachi VIP9500SG laserdisc player and
corresponding game PCBs. The disc content was the same on both pressings.
Conversion Cards -
LaserAce will let your
laserdisc game use a variety of different laserdisc players.
Unfortunately these cards are no longer in production, but can still be found on
eBay or the
D-L-P Classifieds occasionally.