I was in the market for an oscilloscope, but I didn't want to spend much. I bought the scope right after, and I received it in the mail today. It's pretty nice by default, but doubling the bandwidth is always a plus. The DSE has a 50Mhz maximum frequency, but it has exactly the same hardware as far as the reverse-engineering folks can tell as the DSE, which has a Mhz maximum. This guide will show you how to make the switch very easily using Linux.
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I was in the market for an oscilloscope, but I didn't want to spend much. I bought the scope right after, and I received it in the mail today. It's pretty nice by default, but doubling the bandwidth is always a plus. The DSE has a 50Mhz maximum frequency, but it has exactly the same hardware as far as the reverse-engineering folks can tell as the DSE, which has a Mhz maximum.
This guide will show you how to make the switch very easily using Linux. You can do it in Windows too, but it's a bit more involved, and Linux makes it really really easy. I've attached the Rigol user guide for both units, in case you don't have one. Make sure you know what you're doing - you can brick your scope if you screw anything up. Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Here are the specs of the 2 scope models. The first step is to get Linux going if you don't already have it. I use Ubuntu If you don't want to continue running Linux, and just want to get this scope flashed, you can download the Ubuntu LiveCD, burn it, and boot from it.
My Rigol booted up into Chinese the first time, and it took me a while to figure out where the menu was to change it to English. You can find the System Info menu item in the same Utility menu as before, just on the last page. As you can see in the picture, I've got firmware Now that we've gone through all that pain, we have to do one last flash of a working DSE firmware to finish the job.
Do it exactly the same as step 4, except this time use the firmware specified in the forum post for your model. I used SP1, which was included with the zip file. The process is literally exactly the same as step 4, so you can just follow that. Once the update completes and you've restarted the unit, take a look at the System Info.
You should see DSE, the serial number you punched in, and firmware Below you can see my test waveform from the probe compensation terminals. I've also enabled Delayed Scan mode to get both zoomed and full waveforms on the screen.
It's a cool effect. There was some discussion in the comments that I didn't have enough testing in here. That's mainly because I don't have a function generator yet , and I had other results to look at. There's some true scope enthusiasts who've confirmed this mod works by using a function generator and looking at the maximum analog bandwidth and rise times. Going through the eevblog forum post gets some good results. This is a sampling: Here's an analysis using a sine wave of the analog bandwidth.
Real Time. Equivalent seems to extend bandwidth. I still have to research the difference between the two. Yes really slightly better then the real DSE I went back and forth several times. Here's it against a Mhz Tek and an unmodified unit. Notice how much the waveform looks like the Tek image?
Looks great! Yeah, I know I'm a bit to late to the party. I used most - but not all - of your guide to "updata" my DSE. Worked like a charm. Thanks a bunch. Reply 2 years ago. Reply 5 years ago on Introduction. It's so tempting to snag one of these, but I got spoiled by the 4 channel scopes at work, and I do a lot of 3 phase and sequential signal stuff I am using a Tektronix T 35 MHz dual channel analog scope That's older than I am. Now if Rigol has a 4 channel like this!
Reply 6 years ago. Nice job man, thats a great mod, definitely worth the time. How do you like that unit in general? Does the quality feel lacking or is it sufficiently well made? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the device.
Reply 9 years ago on Introduction. The unit is pretty heavy maybe 8 lbs? But I haven't tested it thoroughly - it's my first scope, and I'm a EE novice, but there's a pretty large community that seems to like this scope. I wish I could give you a more detailed response :.
I really like that it's so low-profile - it's not deep like most of the scopes I've seen. It's about the size of a small shoebox. I think it's a great scope for a beginner, but if one had more stringent requirements, they should look elsewhere and spend more. Thanks for reading! Reply 8 years ago on Introduction. It's light compared to my old analog scope! For something like this, lighter is better. I have the Rigol scope at home and another similarly-priced Chinese scope at work JingCe , and the Rigol is much better.
Better build quality, memory size, and firmware. Overall its a very nice scope. Big, glowing buttons, easy to navigate interface, and long list of features. One problem: I'm coming from using university-level HP Analog oscilloscopes, so I was a bit spoiled with the near instant Auto-Scale times.
The Rigol takes about seconds to lock onto a signal, which once again wasn't a deal-breaker for me, just something I missed when switching from analog to DSO. I suggest playing with it first if it is within your budget. Like many other tools, you get what you pay for. My 2 cents. Linux makes a few techy things easier, but most things that people want to do with their computers are much much harder.
Run Windows as your main OS, because it works well, is easy to use, and is actually compatible with the hardware it was shipped with, and then run Linux in a virtual machine for the few times you need it.
It will work reasonably well with the virtual hardware, while it's pretty much guaranteed not to work with your real hardware. I've had one of these for a year or so. I installed this mod and it works great. I tested the frequency response with a signal generator.
It rolled off 3dB at MHz. It "wriggled around" a bit before that, but that was where it took the dive. It quit at around MHz. Is it my imagination, or does the FFT function have more features now? Such as cursor position to ID frequency indicated. Ray the old guy. By hardwarehank Schadenfreude Follow. More by the author:. About: Just a dude who reads a lot of Instructables.
Add Teacher Note. As more firmware versions come out, the post will be updated, and this instructable might not. At this point, for my original firmware, I needed the following parts: SP2 that makes a You need to downgrade to SP2 to enable the modifications we're going to make. Refer to the forum post for more instructions if you have a different firmware than I have.
I simply put the first firmware on a USB key The key was formatted with FAT Then, I safely ejected the key, put it back in the computer, mounted it, and ran the following: md5sum DSEUpdate.
RIGOL DS1052E Digital Oscilloscope 50mhz 2 Channels
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RIGOL 50Mhz Digital Storage Oscillosocpe-DS1052E
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Hacking the Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope With Linux
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