Topfield 5800 has hiccups

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    Hi. Our old Topfield 5800 has developed a fault on playback, where the sound signal is momentarily interrupted for a second or so, every one or two minutes. I think that at least sometimes the video signal is interrupted as well.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem, and/or have any advice about how to tackle it? Should I try reformatting the disk ? (Bit reluctant to do this, because of loads of recordings we haven't got around to watching yet !)

    Software version is TF NPT 5.13.65T. Device version is v5.3.36. Replaced the capacitors last year as a precaution.

    Thanks. (By the way, apols if this is in the wrong place--it's all changed since last time I visited . . .)

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    Hi

    Two things I can suggest:

    1. Set the video output to PAL (not Multi)
    2. Disable Interactive services

    You may have already done these, however...

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    Thanks very much for the quick reply. Video output was already on PAL, so I tried disabling Interactive Services. This may well have helped, because my impression is that that the interruptions may be a bit less frequent now--but unfortunately they're still happening.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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    ...and unpower the unit for an hour to clean out the memory buffers.

    Corruption lurking there can be a cause of this sort of problem.
     
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    Hi Gavtech, and thanks for the suggestion--I like the idea of corruption lurking there . . . . still, it's everywhere else so why not ?!

    Wasn't able to try this for a few days but did so yesterday and alas there was no improvement. Has anyone got any other ideas?

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    i would suggest trying here Toppy.org.uk ~ Index
    although this forums great, you wont get the specific expertise you can get from the topfield forum, there very helpful.
     
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    Thanks, Gazzzza. Yes, I'm grateful for the advice received recently on this forum, but I had forgotten there was a whole set of dedicated Topfield forums over on the toppy site. Put it down to senility. I'll try posting over there, too.

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    My Topfield 5800 developed the hiccups. It would freeze or stop or at best stutter.
    Frequently aroudn 7.40pm! why?

    Then it was very bad... the solution, reformat the disk and then upgrade averything using Bobs Mystuff installer. It repairs and reinstalls the software. Sweet as a nut now! for a whiile.
     

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