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VELLEMAN PCS500AU PC-SCOPE 50MHz WITH ADAPTER - 110V


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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Velleman
Part Number PCS500AU
Color Gray, black
EAN 0836479000186 , 0609224804182
UNSPSC Code 43210000
UPC 836479000186 , 609224804182

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Product Features

  • Timebase: 20ns to 100ms per division
  • Trigger source: CH1, CH2, EXT or Free Run
  • Ttrue RMS read-out (only AC component)
  • Recording length: 4096 samples / channel
  • FFT input channel: CH1 or CH2

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • ASIN: B000JVEHW2
  • Item model number: PCS500AU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,421 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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The PCS500 is a digital storage oscilloscope that uses a computer and its monitor to display waveforms. Its operation is identical to that of normal oscilloscope apart from the fact that all operations can be performed with the mouse.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd S. Cheairs on October 5, 2012
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I am a professional engineer of more than 40 years. I have used more types oscilloscope than I can remember. Of course there are much better scopes on the market and they cost a LOT more. This is a nice scope for occasional uses as part of your hobby efforts around your workshop. I really like its ease of use. I use it with a Windows XP PC that has a parallel port and had no problems setting it up and getting it to work. There is a newer version with a USB interface, with a little higher cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drew on March 19, 2013
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I bought this scope with a Rosewill Parallel Port PCI card (RC-303) to use on a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I found out that the drivers that come with the PCLAB2000SE software (available on the disc or on Velleman's website) only work with 32-bit versions of windows. I do not have a copy of 32-bit Windows 7 for testing, but I tried installing 32-bit Windows XP in two different virtual machines (Oracle Virtual Box and VMWare Player), but neither were able to pass the parallel port through to the software. Virtual Box doesn't support parallel port passthrough at all, except it's sometimes possible to get it to work when using a Linux host (I don't know if anyone has gotten it to work with a Windows host), and VMWare Player DOES support parallel port passthrough, but no matter what I did, the PCLAB2000SE could not detect the PCS500AU as connected to the port (I tried all the default parallel port addresses, as well as the actual installed addresses on the host, and the virtualized parallel port address).

I finally had to install XP on a separate hard drive and boot into it. Doing this, the scope works fine. Some notes about the software...the window is not resizable. That is, you can drag the window border to make it larger, but the size of the trace window stays fixed. The sample rate also varies with the time scale used on the display (not sure if all scopes are like this...this is the first one I've owned).

It came with two probes, and a big reason I bought it is because it's a 2-channel scope. I plan on installing the parallel port card in a headless machine with an older motherboard connected to my wireless LAN, and using that with the scope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Horn on March 8, 2013
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My requirement was very simple, I need to verify the presence of a signal for a low cost. That is what I got. I took a gamble because they stated it would not work with a laptop, but I have an older Dell with a parallel port and it works just fine.
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The PCS500 works well when all the ducks are in a row. Getting an IBM Thinkpad 765i to see the PCS500 was a real pain. There was no way i it's current configuration it would do anything. This is actually the laptops fault and nothing to do with the PCS500. Finally after searching multiple site for anything that would get me access to the BIOS settings I found a program that ran under windows and allowed you to make changes in the BIOS.
The PCS500 worked immediately upon getting the parallel port properly configured.
What I was disappoint with was the comparison with my older analog scope. With a RF signal applied to the analog scope I get a clear and definite envelope out lining the raise and fall times and voice characteristics. With the PCS500 I get a sample rate that requires you to use the persist with a sort of connect the dots display. This appears to be the method used by the PCS500. It'll plot a number of sample points and draw a line to each sample point at the level that point is.
No envelope for RF just a filled in void simulating an envelope.
Still exploring all the other features of this unit. It does some very interesting things that will be useful in future projects.
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