Compatible Laser Disc 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 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 Galaxy Ranger with the proper hardware and disc (Star Blazer disc).
When using the LD-V1000
in Galaxy Ranger, you must cross pins 7 and 17 on the
ribbon cable going from the LD-V1000 / LD-V1001 to the main board.
Laser Disc Pressing -
Galaxy Ranger / Star Blazer had two different disc pressings. There is a
double sided Sega disc with Galaxy Ranger & Star Blazer, and a single sided
Pioneer disc for just Star Blazer. The Sega labeled disc is used with the
Pioneer laser disc player and corresponding hardware/software. This disc can be
used with the Hitachi laser disc player and corresponding hardware / software,
however the introduction / attract mode is not shown as it should be.
Conversion Cards -
LaserAce will let your
laser disc game use a variety of different laser disc players.
Unfortunately these cards are no longer in production, but can still be found on
eBay or the
D-L-P Classifieds occasionally.