The machine was purchased at 'shop @Panasonic', Pinner, U.K. on 5/5/07 and this is the first problem that I have had since the purchase. In a way, that is good luck however I still need the VHS play/record as I have various camcorder tapes and other VHS tapes to view.
There are no signs of life - it is dead as a dodo! As mentioned before, I tried to switch on both manually (on the machine) and via the remote control (I even changed the battery) but no reaction.
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Thanks for the info - it is what I expected unfortunately. Hopefully I shall be able to find some shop who can convert some of my tapes to CD. otherwise it is bye-bye to some memories - at least I have some of these memories in my head however.