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Does the amp section of the DVD unit still work or is the whole thing kaput? If it's still working then all you need is stereo L/R line out from a PC and you'll be good (though you'll have to live with generated/matrixed surround modes for all the speakers to work). Just input the stereo RCA signal (red & white) to either the VCR or AUX input on the back and select that input when playing PC content.
If the whole thing has bit the dust, you could pick up a replacement Pansonic HTIB-receiver on eBay for cheap, various models would work you wouldn't have to find your exact one. If you can find one at a good price that is.
Your other option is to get a low-end AVR on the cheap to replace it with--this will net you better sound quality plus modern features like HDMI inputs. I think you can find entry-level receivers for around $200 which should do the job. Most Panasonic HTIBs used 6-ohm speakers I believe which are okay to use on most standard AVRs. The only problem you're going to have is that the "subwoofer" in your set is passive and an AVR would not have an amp channel able to drive it. Even if you had more amp channels than speakers, they typically can't be configured for LFE/subwoofer duty, unfortunately. In that case you'd either have to find an amp for that thing or buy a cheap/low-end powered sub to replace it with.
Barring all this, if the main unit is not functioning any longer, you could just forget about the Panasonic stuff altogether and just buy an AVR and new speakers and start from scratch.