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Offline JWag

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2018, 03:05:55 pm »
I've been watching that dodgy eBay 565 for a while, hoping the seller does a Best Offer or something.

Does anyone have schematics of the PS, or understand what fails? We seem to be able to get schematics of every other Tekyronix scope, just not these.  Barring that, would anyone in the states be willing to pull the glass from the ET2020 and transplant it to my working 565? I really want the automotive features of the 2020. Obviously , you could copy the firmware for others to use.

There aren't any PS schematics I'm aware of, but it's not tremendously complex, especially if you have a working one to compare against. It is mostly two LTC1174s generating the positive and negative rail voltages for the whole device, plus a small LDO generating 5V for the Real Time Clock and SRAM.

I'd be up for doing a transplant (or maybe repair). The SMT on this is pretty easy to work with, and I didn't have any trouble removing the flash IC from mine. Plus, I have replacement caps for your RMS converter circuit, which (if hardcoreman and I are any indication) are probably leaking electrolyte. :) I'd love to have another 565 firmware to compare against.

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2018, 06:23:55 pm »
I've been watching that dodgy eBay 565 for a while, hoping the seller does a Best Offer or something.

Does anyone have schematics of the PS, or understand what fails? We seem to be able to get schematics of every other Tekyronix scope, just not these.  Barring that, would anyone in the states be willing to pull the glass from the ET2020 and transplant it to my working 565? I really want the automotive features of the 2020. Obviously , you could copy the firmware for others to use.

There aren't any PS schematics I'm aware of, but it's not tremendously complex, especially if you have a working one to compare against. It is mostly two LTC1174s generating the positive and negative rail voltages for the whole device, plus a small LDO generating 5V for the Real Time Clock and SRAM.

I'd be up for doing a transplant (or maybe repair). The SMT on this is pretty easy to work with, and I didn't have any trouble removing the flash IC from mine. Plus, I have replacement caps for your RMS converter circuit, which (if hardcoreman and I are any indication) are probably leaking electrolyte. :) I'd love to have another 565 firmware to compare against.
I'll send you a PM.

Thanks!

Jon
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2018, 07:33:28 pm »
565 flash is normaly working in 560 :)  big sram and rtc installed

and in my 560 v1.0, i unlocked 565 features. just made copy of config area from 565 image to 560...
 
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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2018, 05:42:21 pm »
jal1234's meters have arrived. Here's the first dump, from the MAC ET-2020 (also known as the THM571). Note that this one is 256kB.

I have some ideas about its power supply failure. I think I'll make a repair thread about it.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2018, 06:56:00 pm »
jal1234's THM565 firmware is attached.

Despite having the same text on the sticker as my unit, they are significantly different. The firmware I posted earlier from my 565 has "VERSION 2.00" inside. The firmware attached here from jal1234's 565 is "VERSION 1.03". Obviously they were both updated at some point in their history?
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2018, 06:57:09 pm »
Interesting that the 2020 flash is larger than the 565. Probably all of the pre-set guided tests and templates for automotive use vs. general use. At least that's my theory!
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #31 on: October 20, 2018, 07:00:29 pm »
jal1234's THM565 firmware is attached.

Despite having the same text on the sticker as my unit, they are significantly different. The firmware I posted earlier from my 565 has "VERSION 2.00" inside. The firmware attached here from jal1234's 565 is "VERSION 1.03". Obviously they were both updated at some point in their history?
What's the build date on your hardware vs. mine? I think it's on the sticker on the back of the units.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #32 on: October 20, 2018, 09:28:59 pm »
What's the build date on your hardware vs. mine? I think it's on the sticker on the back of the units.

My 565 is dated April 1995, yours is April 1994. Your ET-2020 is dated May 1994.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2018, 09:50:16 pm »
What's the build date on your hardware vs. mine? I think it's on the sticker on the back of the units.

My 565 is dated April 1995, yours is April 1994. Your ET-2020 is dated May 1994.
Thanks. Is there someway to upgrade my firmware to your newer version, but keep my calibration info? Tektronix is lousy at letting people know what is included in newer versions of firmware, but I assume it's bug fixes. Interesting that the flash labels stayed the same. They must have updated them as they went out the door.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2018, 01:31:38 pm »
newest fw in this topic is v2.0

in v2.0 calibration is 0x19A00

in v1.x calibratioin is 0x1F000

simple copy is working.


in 571 , hm i think there is way to switch it to 565 (560,550) mode...


 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2018, 05:54:50 am »
https://www.tek.com/oscilloscope/thm5u02

firmware update module, to version 2.0

so it looks 2.0 is last version
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2018, 02:09:14 pm »


https://www.tek.com/oscilloscope/thm5u02

firmware update module, to version 2.0

so it looks 2.0 is last version

I wonder what the significance of thm5u02 is? How did you find this under that designation? Never heard of it before.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #37 on: October 24, 2018, 05:21:18 am »
i found it when i looking for info about calibration. i think it was a module which plug in expansion connector and then make flash update... flash update is only possible with ext. vpp source applied.
 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2019, 08:44:50 pm »
Thanks to jal1234, I have a second ET-2020 to tinker with. This time, it has version 1.03 firmware on an AMD AM28F020 flash.

The bare PCB is newer than my original '565, but it's had a harder life. That's a bonus, since I don't feel any anxiety about stripping it down further. I hope to publish a reverse-engineered schematic of the PSU section eventually.

 

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Re: Tektronix THM56x Portable Scope Hack/Teardown/Discussion
« Reply #39 on: September 03, 2019, 12:21:52 pm »
There is a brand new YouTube video on repairing the power supply on these, published Sept 2, 2019. Basically, the 4 electrolytic caps leak electrolyte, which flows under various parts, shorting the regulators, taking one or both out. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/NGWSTz83dHw

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