Thanks for reply Timo..yeah pleasantly surprised and a tad relieved it was a successful battery change..had seen that in the manual about banks A and B being wiped...I will have to get my head around the dump protocols one of these days..I hear it can be done through midi ox..? Tend to shy away from bringing computers into it though as I suffer eternal issues with transfers, installs etc..
I have been looking around for a new synth, 16 years is a long time since I got my vc new..but everytime I hear one of the newer breed I think I bet that I could replicate many of the patchs on my virus c..! (and many aren't even multi timbral).
So here's to the next 16 years