Oscilloscope interfacing

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

  1. Eddy boy

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    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

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    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.
     
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  3. Eddy boy

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    its an old model analog oscilloscope.
     
  4. beenthere

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    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

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

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    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.

    eric
     
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