Just got my 2204A and been using it a few days. Very impressed with overall quality of hardware at the price, but the signal generator is performing poorly and unreliably. The pp voltage is way out (lower) than the set value and has continued to decrease in use (verified on other equipment). it is also noisy. Attached is image
There seems to be a fundamental hardware problem with this. Unless any suggestions I think I should exchange this unit (bought from cpc farnell, UK).
Yes, the probe is set to 1X.
When you say "and in the program picoscope 6 is in the settings for each channel?" can you tell me exactly where these channel settings are please? The scope seems to be working fine so it is not a problem with the scope or probes, its the output of the signal generator.
Here is an example psdata file (for 2V sin from the AWG). The AWG is running directly into the scope without any other load, so a very high load impedance - a photo of this will not show any other information, but I can generate a photo if you really want ! . I have used the AWG with audio amplifiers, with a minimum imput impedance of several 10s of Kohm, never into a low load.
- sin example pico awg to scope in.psdata
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However it does look like there may be a fault that will require you to return it to CPC for exchange.
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Attached is a pic of the set up for the AWG test (as I said, nothing to show really! ), a pic of the rear of the unit and some screenshots for more tests I've just done (into scope only, no other load).
For the tests I've just done the unit is performing rather better at 1KHz then it did previously (now about 2.2V p-p), and increases with frequency but the p-p voltage decreases at lower frequency. Selecting DC coupling for the scope does not (and should not) affect the lower frequency response.
As per previous remarks, the performance at 1KHz was not right straight out the box (AWG into scope, no other load), and it has veen variable since (tested into scope only, or into source of many 10s of KOhm input impedance). I've never tried it with a lower load than this but can't see a reason why this should help...?
I think we've both spent some time on this now and its time for a decision soon so I can get myself a solid unit.
Thanks Martyn - regards, Ben
Now I see a grey AWG output probe to a crock clip disappearing and then a BNC connector coming back.