thanks for trying but I suspect you will get all OK on S-Video so it will be a negative proof. What I want to do when I get the "thing" back is to test Component out.
Someone just posted on European thread with an 868 and RGB (with SCART and Panasonic TV) and he cannot see any banding with Casablanca....(he has FW 506)
I asked my repair shop to chek mine and also it says : Region 2: 1.506(16) AV1: 2.0/2.8. I'm puzzled. It is then not the FW.
What I would love is to put the 868 in pause then attach an instrument of some kind to the output and somehow be able to measure/acquire the signal to check that for red title on black the voltage after the red part has ended does not go back to black voltage but to soemthing else....this would prove that in the default config the 868 is generating something funny at transition color-black. But to be honest I do not have the necessary equipment/expertise to do this...pity I'm really curious.
Also observing better the smearing it appears (but I could be wrong) it does not start exactly at the top of the lettering but a bit below, as if (when electron beam scans the screen top to bottom , left to right) the black needed a "bit" of lines to saturate and become bright (and for the banding to appear) like:
b = black, R = red, w = white banding
but maybe it's just an impression al this...