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nctnico:
You can always buy a USB floppy drive and if you use high quality disks the transfer is pretty much painless. Recently I bought a pack of brand new TDK disks for that purpose. Which serial cables, GPIB, etc you need extra software. If a scope has a floppy drive it can usually write images and CSV files which can be imported directly. Those are much easier to handle than having to mess with (obsolete) software.

I also tried a floppy-disk-drive to USB converter (this emulates a floppy disk drive and writes the data on a USB stick) but that was too tedious to use.

Wuerstchenhund:

--- Quote from: nctnico on March 30, 2013, 01:29:59 pm ---You can always buy a USB floppy drive and if you use high quality disks the transfer is pretty much painless. Recently I bought a pack of brand new TDK disks for that purpose. Which serial cables, GPIB, etc you need extra software. If a scope has a floppy drive it can usually write images and CSV files which can be imported directly. Those are much easier to handle than having to mess with (obsolete) software.

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I don't know. LeCroy ScopeExplorer is free and far from obsolete (works fine under Windows 8, too), and a serial cable costs just a few bucks. ScopeExplorer allows remote controlling the scope or accessing the hard drive (if it has that option) file system to transfer files to/from the scope. It can also update the scope's firmware (not that there will be many new updates for the 9300 Series).

And then there's also ActiveDSO...


--- Quote ---I also tried a floppy-disk-drive to USB converter (this emulates a floppy disk drive and writes the data on a USB stick) but that was too tedious to use.
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I also looked at the floppy emulators but I couldn't see much use in emulating a mere 1.4MB storage medium when serial or GPIB is much more flexible.

marshallh:

--- Quote from: vaualbus on March 28, 2013, 09:18:59 pm ---Hey guys what do you abot the LaCroy 9370L oscilloscope. It is good? How is the maximum to spent for a working unit?
For me it is a great machine.

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Spend up to $400

There is a guy in the Lecroy yahoo group that will mail you an option gal for $20 that unlocks all the sw features of the scope.

Expect to spend $200 buying a couple passive probes that aren't crap. Also get a pack of new 3.5" disks and a usb floppy drive.

effectivebits:
It's a fine scope, but be sure you can see it first.  These old CRT scopes could get severe burn-in, especially if left on for too long.

Also, it may be tough to get fixed when and if it dies.

Also, do you really need 1GHz, or would you be happier with a lower bandwidth oscilloscope for the same price, like an slightly older Tek/HP/Agilent or off-brand scope for the same price but a lower bandwidth?  If you don't have active probes, it's not 1GHz anyways.

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