What is a Timekeeper?
The Timekeeper is the CD-i NVRAM chip. It will keep the settings, time and date of your player and the saved games (storage). Hidden inside the chip, a little lithium battery is placed with a longevity up to 10 years or more if the player is stocked in optimal conditions (temperature, humidity).
This is not the place where they are stored, this it just the mechanism to keep them recorded, just like a lithium battery keep the BIOS setup in a computer.
This is not everyday you will see this title, even less for sell…
I am talking about The ACT College Search 92. Only sold in the 2 first years pf CD-i existence, an US exclusive title than will help American students to find the right college for there needs.
Published in 1992 by PIMA and released by CapDisc And Amarican College Testing (ACT).
Thanks again to Blazers who posted on our forum pictures, we can now have a detailed vision of one of the rarest CD-i title, only available on long box size.
The ACT College Search disc allows students to identify the colleges that meet their needs is this comprehensive interactive four of the four-year colleges in the United States.
You can also search colleges by:
– Student life
– Admission selectivity
You will view photographs and find detailed information for four-year colleges in these areas:
– Admissions Requirements
– Activities available
– Cost and financial aid
– Student body profile
– Programs of study
– Special programs and services
Your selection can be stored for easy access to review and compare schools. When you have identified a list of schools that meet your profile needs, the Next Step section will provide advice to help you make your final decisions and complete the admissions process.
Back in 2012, Alan_CDiZone found this unit on Digital Press, he posted the news on his now closed Philips CD-i Zone Facebook Page. He explained about the rumours of being a CD-i player used on surgery and medical places.
After our last find with the help of our website forum, Blazers showed his dentistry unknown title.
Now one day later, after sharing this news on Twitter, xsuicidesn0wmanx (@_sn0wX) confirm me his friend used a CD-i 450 placed on a metal box and dentist offices used it.
The CD-i was on eBay for $1000, but as nobody knew what it was, he finished to not sell it.
This unite sold by Intercare uses the 450 external power unit, a touchpad controller, a lock to block anyone to remove the disc and press buttons.
I can confirm we are really talking about a 450 as Alan confirmed the existence of a lateral power on/off like the 450 have. A Digital Video Cartridge is also included.
I have contacted Alan_CDiZone, who found it to let him know he was right!
xsuicidesn0wmanx is going to take better pictures for the site database.
Thank you xsuicidesn0wmanx, and also Blazers (not possible without your pictures)!
Thanks to our website member Blazers, who post on our Forum pictures of unknown titles, we now know the existence of 2 more titles, even if not published by Philips because created way after the official abandon of the system.
I have two or three CD-i titles from the US that don’t seem to have anything at all online related to them. I may well have the only copies. One is a 4-disc set about Cosmetic Dentistry narrated by Dr. Ross Nash, D.D.S. The Ebay seller I purchased it from last year happens to be a dentist, as does his wife. They ordered it out of a catalogue many years ago. Sure enough, it did indeed play perfectly when I popped it into my DVS VE 200 player. So even though it doesn’t say CD-i anywhere on the packaging, it is indeed a CD-i!
The other possibly new CD-i is a set of 2 discs put together by the Michigan Judicial Institute in 1998 and 2000 to give users an overview of the Michigan Court system. These might be separate titles and not even the only ones in they made. One is a disc and case and the other is still shrink-wrapped. All I can find online that even remotely relates to these titles is a mention over at AtariAge about somebody owning a CD-i player that had a sticker on it indicating that it was once property of the Michigan Supreme Court. These titles flat out say that they are CD-i titles right on them, meant to be played on CD-i players.
Thank you Blazers!
This is a great discover for our community!
This chronicle will be a little bit shorter than the others, but not less important, especially when you are a real collector.
We are today going to discuss the reason of a CD-i title being the way it is…
Many of you asked me, how to define an USA or other country releases.
First of all it is important to remember that as a multinational company, Philips, using “Philips Media” label publisher was in different countries, so you will find “Philips Interactive Media of America” (PIMA) for USA releases, “Philips Media Iberica” for Portugal and Spain, “Philips Media France”, “Philips Media Italia”, etc…
Each of them will publish regional titles with Philips consent. Doing this, each titles published will get a catalogue number, and each catalogue number will get a regional number, so all titles will be easily recognized.
To be more clear and specific about this, here is what you need to do if you want to purchase titles from an unique country/language or more than one country.