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From: Jim Yanik
Subject: Re: Broken HP scope 54600A can't be fixed (absolete) !!??
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 16:13:43 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: Friends of Lummox
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email@example.com (Andrew Sterian) wrote in
> "dsp1024" wrote in message
>> 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 ?
> You gotta wonder.
> I had a similar experience with an old Brand X scope a few years back
> (manufacturer's name concealed, but you can probably guess). They
> shipped it back saying a particular IC was bad and the part was
> obsolete, couldn't be replaced.
> Well...I took a look at the IC. It was a standard EPROM that I could
> buy at any distributor for a couple of bucks.
> * They somehow lost the program that this EPROM stores.
> * They wanted me to buy another scope.
> So I bought another scope...from HP (yes, HP, not Agilent).
I suspect they didn't -lose- it,they tossed it out.I believe that's what
TEK does at the end of LTPS.(long term product support)
And they DO want you to buy a new scope.
Hobbyists are 'under the radar' for TEK.
Jim Yanik,NRA member
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