Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope
© Brooke Clarke 2010
|As received 16 Feb 2010:
Carry bag with compartments
CD & paper work
Pouch with two Probes
AC line cord
|At first it looked like the
scope was DOA. But the problem was not fully seating the AC mains
cord into the IEC socket on the left side of the scope.
A scope is one of the basic electronic
bench test instruments. Although I have a rack mounted HP 54501A
CRT based digital scope, it's not
the most convenient thing to use and using a camera to capture screen
shots leaves a lot to be desired. The Rigol
) 1052E has a color screen and easy to use digital screen
capture. Rigol scopes are re-branded by Agilent
and so are very high
I went to some trouble to get both the scope and carry bag.
Without the carry bag the loose accessories have a way of getting
lost. I ended up making a custom box for the chain saw
and it's accessories to keep them
The two included probes have a switch
for 1:1 or 10:1 operation. The probe is marked 1X to the
left (forward) of the switch and 10X to the right. To the left of
the switch is the trimmer cap to square up a square wave for probe
At 1X the probe is speced at 7 MHz and at 10x 150 MHx.
David L. Jones speculated that it might be possible to do a
hardware mod on this scope to increase it's bandwidth to 100 Mhz.
Some of his viewers have figured out the hardware varactor diode
circuit that sets the bandwidth. This could be overcome by a
couple of resistors to bias the diode. BUT, a simpler way is to
make a software hack using a 1:1 serial cable. See:
Select .bmp file type to save a screen shot
Press the top menu botton (to the right of the display) and use the
knob to select Bit Map. The choices are:
Wafeform -> Setups -> Bit Map -> CSV -> Factory ->
Set the Scope Time & Date
This needs to be done since it is used to stamp the file.
The file is stamped 1 Jan 2006, How to change it? let me know
Save .bmp to Thumb Drive
Press the STORAGE white button at the top right
Press New File
Input a file name using the knob (left - right to select a letter)
press knob to set the letter.
[Note: the lower right conrer of the letter selection box switches
between upper and lower case letters.]
The screen shot (320 wide x 234 high, i.e. 1/4 VGA) below is of the
scope probe cal signal.
Getting UltraScope control software to work is not obivious.
Working second Attempt 5 Apr 2010:
- Install "Ultrascope for DS1000E Series.msi" from the CD that came
with the scope (not a downloaded version).
- Try to run Ultrascope and get missing VISAxxx.DLL error
- Download and install NI VISA 4.6.2 (360 MB file), reboot computer
- Connect scope using USB-B to USB-A cable
Computer finds new hardware and installs driver
- Check Device Manager, if ?DS1000series then "Reinstall Driver",
when done no ?
In Properties you'll see DS1000 series USB0
- Run Ultrascope and click on "Connect to Oscilloscope"
- Select Resource: USB0::ox1AB1::ox0588::DS1K0005888::INSTR
- Can not make connection to
scope, Red ball in upper right of
- After powering the scope off then back on, and confirming that
Device Manager shows no problems,
started Ultrascope and selected the USB0 device, now it's running (blue
ball in upper right of window,
BUT there is no option to set the date or time of the scope to fix the
incorrect file date/time stamp.
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