I'm curious if it is possible to get decent results when performing a differential measurement using two single-ended o-scope probes. We'll be ordering some differential probes in the near future, but at the moment dealing with what we have. We need to measure the fluctuations on the output of a voltage regulator circuit (provided by a microprocessor chip) and therefore need to do a differential measurement because of the low amplitude. Question is, since one of the probes would be measuring common mode voltage on the ground trace, wouldn't connecting the ground lead to ground just short the probe out and result in zero difference. If so, wouldn't this give the same result as just using one probe channel? Put another way, is it possible to do a differential measurement with two single-ended probes if one of the measurement nodes is ground?