Scart; is there any other way. I re-affirm that the equipment has been working completely satisfactorily for a number of years now with exactly the set up I have still.
I do not have HDMI, I just want to get back to the satisfactory situation I had before.
Well done, you found the cause of the problem. It did not however need the treatment you suggested, perhaps like me you couldn't believe it could be so simple either. The cure is what I really should have tried before I contacted you. The Scart plug at the the machine output was found to be slightly loose. I'm very annoyed with myself for not finding it myself but nevertheless you DID solve the problem and I am happy with the result.Everything is now back to normal.
I think I was put off course by the fact that all OTHER functions were acting normally. That was probably the very symptom that sent you correctly to the reason.
It may be an 'old technology' but that does not make it 'bad technology'. If there was a problem, it was mechanical not electrical/electronic. Just stop the plug coming loose and Scart is fine. I am so opposed to technologies changing so fast that what the consumer has becomes unuseable. The main reason to have a unit like the one with which I had the problem is that it can still play VHS. i also have a unit that can playcasette tapes and CD's. I still have some vinyl discs and rue the fact that I would have to buy new equipment to play them.
As far as the equipment relating to this problem is concerned, it does have HDMI output but my OLD tv is analogue and needs the Panasonic digital receiver with an analogue output. I has no access for an HDMI input.
Thank you for your help.
Thank you for the tip for when I eventually upgrade--not before necessary!