Author Topic: WTB: Gould DSO 400 Oscilloscope - main Gate Array chip - CPU board - Full Unit  (Read 1756 times)

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Offline wootwootTopic starter

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Hi :)

Looking to buy Gould DSO 400 digital oscilloscope parts. Specifically, I'm looking for the main gate array chip U24, a CPU board or full units that I can dismantle.

Willing to accept damaged CPU boards.

I am in Australia, but will consider postage for the board.

I recently repaired the NiCd battery backup leakage that is common on these and upon soldering in a new battery a small solder bridge across two newly exposed traces destroyed a transistor and the alphanumeric video output on U24 'Gate Array' chip on the CPU board. Bridged traces were +15v and alphanumeric video  |O

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Offline Josec

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I have a working oscilloscope, I have similar problem but is fixed. I am in Sydney.
Jose
 

Offline wootwootTopic starter

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Thats great!

I actually really like this scope. Would you be willing to sell yours?

Wootwoot
 

Offline Josec

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Yes, I like to sell it, please pm to arrange.

Cheers
Jose
 


Offline Josec

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Hi Wootwoot:

I send the oscilloscope last Tuesday, is waiting for you in the post office to pick up since yesterday,, please let me know.if arrived OK.
Cheers
 

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I send the oscilloscope last Tuesday, is waiting for you in the post office to pick up since yesterday

Last Tuesday was 23rd, yet you didn't offer it for sale until the 26th.
 
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Where I live last Tuesday was the 30th  :-//
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Around here we'd call that this Tuesday. Good spot, though  :-+
 

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Around here we'd call that this Tuesday. Good spot, though  :-+

Interesting, never heard of that before! (but let's not hijack this thread)
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Offline wootwootTopic starter

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Can vouch for Jose. The posties broke the scope, but what I really needed was the CPU board to get my existing one up so it all worked out.

You could tell they threw the package on the floor. The CRT became dislodged and the neck cracked. Upon power up all it did was arc internally.

Post office hrs being 9-5 meant I needed to wait to Friday to get it.

But, during the week I tidied the CPU board, swapped in the later versions of the ROMs, replaced the mains capacitors that exploded and poured stink everywhere (which obviously happened to you previously Jose) and its up and running. And I have a full chassis of spares.

The Rigol in the picture is one I was borrowing from a friend. But I think with the option of an old analogue scope, I actually prefer using this!

Also have the serial working so can make basic captures with it.
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Offline Josec

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I like to cry thinking I took care of that instrument for more than 25years, and was destroyed for complete lack of care.
I pay extra for insurance, still having the receipt, I will claim at the post office.
Keep you inform.
Cheers
Jose
 

Offline wootwootTopic starter

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I know. I was so disappointed when it showed up like that. I guess I have to say, Gould could have done more than just to glue the CRT in with silicone... But, it must have been dropped reasonably hard to dislodge it like that.

Very glad I still had my chassis because now the heart of your unit, or probably more accurately its brain, lives on. Complete with your circuit repairs! I intend to make good use of it for years going forward.

It's pretty cool to have the cover and the low voltage supply cable now. And the printed manuals!
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I sell alot on ebay, and even do foreign shipping of very fragile items. In 10 years I've only lost two items due to damage (one was literally dropped in the water going to hawaii). As a suggestion for future packages, buy a sheet of 4'x8'x1" hard pink Styrofoam insulation and lots if tape, and layer it 2 to 3 layers thick on all sides, then cover in cardboard and some tape. I've had 100% success with this method.
 


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