Scope use...

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Date: Fri Jul 21 12:17:14 2000


think of an oscope as a graphic voltmeter that plota against time.
the X axis is volts and Y axis is time.

That is along way from troubleshooting with one. To trouble shoot with one
you really need to have some idea of waht you can expect to see vs what
you actually saw. Most prints do not automatically give you that.

While a scope is handy, for fixing machines that were formerly working a
DMM and logic probe tend to be more useful. Exceptions exist like setting
hammer flight time on charaband printers or slice levels and timing for
older core stacks. The latter being adjustments rather than fixed by rules
of logic.


On Fri, 21 Jul 2000, Bill Sudbrink wrote:

> I was going to post this request sometime, John Fousts
> post has inspired me to do it now. Anyway, I have also
> recently acquired an oscilloscope (Tektronix TDS 3012)
> and, while I have all the documentation and some notion
> of what an oscilloscope does, I really don't know how to
> bring it to bare against the several dead/flakey systems
> currently in my possession. I hope this message will
> start a "how to use an oscilloscope to diagnose vintage
> hardware problems" thread.
> Thanks,
> Bill
> (by the way... is now my email address)
Received on Fri Jul 21 2000 - 12:17:14 BST

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