Philips VG-8235 and CD-i

Door OmaiGodman

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28-06-2018, 13:17

I noticed on the Wiki that apparently it's possible to hook up a VG-8235 to a Philips CD-i player and I'm just wondering if anyone has ever done that or at least has a manual of somesort that describes how this is done. I know my uncle has an old CD-I player lying around that he wants to get rid of so I'm curious if this is indeed possible and if so, what I can do with it :P

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Van Manuel

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28-06-2018, 17:18

Good question! I wonder what the source of that information is, so I can investigate this myself.

Van enribar

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29-06-2018, 15:38

Very first versions of CD-I were modular, so maybe it was intended to be used as a peripheral (connected to the MSX).
http://www.icdia.co.uk/players/professional.html

Van OmaiGodman

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03-07-2018, 09:35

I guess a consumer model probably wouldn't be able to be hooked up to the MSX then... Well, I may pick it up this weekend so if I know the exact model I may be able to find a manual for it and see if that mentions MSX connectivity anywhere Big smile

Van T.R.

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03-07-2018, 11:34

I anyway find this hard to believe. There seems to be zero evidence of this. Also, what would the point be of hooking up a CD-I player to an MSX, even for development purposes? My guess is that whoever wrote this (the source seems to be the VG8235 entry on www.old-computers.com) was confused and was actually referring to the very rare Philips MSX CD-ROM interface.

Van syn

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03-07-2018, 12:52

CD-i release year/date: 3 december 1991
VG-8235 release date/year: 1986

Quote:

The VG-8235 is a computer made by NEC for the Dutch company Philips. For its release, Philips presented the VG-8235 as the first link of their audio-video-micro concept, being able to use the newly announced CD-i

So imho the article makes ZERO sense, unless philips announced the cdi 5 years in advance (an eternity in computer life-cycle)

Van tfh

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03-07-2018, 13:46

syn wrote:

CD-i release year/date: 3 december 1991
VG-8235 release date/year: 1986

Quote:

The VG-8235 is a computer made by NEC for the Dutch company Philips. For its release, Philips presented the VG-8235 as the first link of their audio-video-micro concept, being able to use the newly announced CD-i

So imho the article makes ZERO sense, unless philips announced the cdi 5 years in advance (an eternity in computer life-cycle)

CD-i greenbook was already published in '86: Wikipedia - CD-i Greenbook. They also announced the CD-i that year.

Van mars2000you

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03-07-2018, 19:29

tfh wrote:

CD-i greenbook was already published in '86: Wikipedia - CD-i Greenbook. They also announced the CD-i that year.

Correct link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_(CD_standard)

Tip: Do not use the URL tag on the forum! MRC adds automatically http://msx.org/ before the correct link.

Tip for readers: copy/paste my link as MRC forum does not convert correctly in clickable link...

Van Grauw

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03-07-2018, 20:03

Well it’s not unheard of, after all there is the NEC PC Engine (’89) development kit for MSX as well.

But I agree it does not seem likely without supporting documentation Smile.

mars2000you wrote:

Correct link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_(CD_standard)
Tip for readers: copy/paste my link as MRC forum does not convert correctly in clickable link...

For URLs which contain special characters, use the encoding rules or tool described here. E.g.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Book_%28CD_standard%29

mars2000you wrote:

Don’t use the URL tag on the forum! MRC adds automatically http://msx.org/ before the correct link.

It doesn’t do that, but you must not omit http:// or it’ll be a relative link. :)

Van syn

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03-07-2018, 22:28

tfh wrote:

CD-i greenbook was already published in '86: Wikipedia - CD-i Greenbook. They also announced the CD-i that year.

I stand corrected. Still I dont see how philips would have released/pushed such a functionality/concept in 1991, when they had newer msx2 models after the VG8235 (8245~8280), at a time when they already abandoned MSX and when the turbo R st was already released (1990).

Grauw wrote:

Well it’s not unheard of, after all there is the NEC PC Engine (’89) development kit for MSX as well.

I'd say Japan 1989 would be a different MSX world, compared to MSX in 1991 Europe. But yeah a good point.