From: "Frank Bemelman"
Subject: Re: Broken HP scope 54600A can't be fixed (absolete) !!??
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 08:55:44 +0200
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"Winfield Hill" schreef in bericht
> "dsp1024" wrote...
> >Hi all...
> > I just started a job and one of the Sr. engineers told me that I could
> > use this scope but to leave it on because is broken. I asked why didn't
> > they just send it to have it repaired ? They tried, but Agilent (I have
> > the packaging slip) said:
> > "UNIT REQUIRES SYSTEM BOARD PART ABSOLETE/INACTIVE. RETURNED UNREPAIRED"
> > WOW, I graduated last years and they just had gotten a bunch of these
> > scopes for the lab. I thought they were great. Are they really obsolete?
> HP changed to the 54600B in 1965, are you sure that wasn't what you
> used in school? But those poor folks who bought 54600As in 1964 now
> have un-repairable eight-year-old instruments, a sobering thought.
> BTW, I thought I'd see what the 54600A is going for on eBay. Searching
> 30 days of completed auctions reveals a 54600A handle that went for $6.
> Bidding for the more modern 54600B is around $350, with reserves starting
> at $600. That's not a whole lot more than an Agilent repair bill. Hmm,
> perhaps we'd better stick with just the handle. :-)
I was trying to find a picture of it, and found this:
The Hewlett Packard 54600B Digital Oscilloscope (electronic test equipment)
has a hidden game of Tetris, complete with the ability to save high scores,
hidden within. After the splash screen has disappeared and the trace grid
has been displayed, press the [Print|Utility] key, then release. When the
print menu is displayed, press and hold the second and third keys (from the
left) directly below the CRT display, simultaneously. This will bring up the
Likewise, following the same procedure for the 54645D HP mega-zoom
oscilloscope, the old arcade game, centipede will be displayed.
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