Oscilloscope interfacing

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Eddy boy, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Eddy boy

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Is there is any software that is use to interface oscilloscope with computer??because i have old model oscilloscope.if you know about interfacing port(BNC socket) and other little bit details regarding oscilloscope interfacing, it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. nomurphy

    AAC Fanatic!

    Aug 8, 2005
    Is it an older analog, or digital scope? Some older digital scopes came with an optional GPIB port for accessing waveform data or sending screen shots to a printer.

    If it is an older analog scope, and by some chance has a "video out" on the back in NTSC or PAL format, then a PC with a video card & frame grabber could be used to capture screen shots. Otherwise, the only thing you can do is get a scope camera and hood to take screen shots. You will never get waveform data points from an analog scope.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2008
  3. Eddy boy

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    its an old model analog oscilloscope.
  4. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    Then it is probably some analog output or input. Does the BNC socket have a label? It could be for an external synch or horizontal timebase.
  5. Eddy boy

    Thread Starter Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    output is labeled below the socket,but another z-axis output is also given what does it mean?
  6. KL7AJ

    Senior Member

    Nov 4, 2008

    Z axis is intensity modulation of the trace. It's really useful if you want to make a television out of your oscilloscope. (Just kidding...but I had a friend who did this just for jollies!)

    On many scopes, there is a jumper between a z-axis input and a z-axis output...it just allows easy access to the internal workings. Normal use is to leave the jumper in place.