Hello. I am using a PicoScope 4424 for long term monitoring by using available API.
By mistake, I set the input range to +/- 500mV, while the actual incoming signal was around +/- 3V and operated for a few minutes (due to not noticing the source of the error).
During this time several strange things happended in the following order:
- My logging application failed immediately when the wrongly ranged channel was connected.
- After disconnection of the wrongly ranged probe, a dc-offset occured on all channel.
- All probes were disconnected, still the PicoScope 6 application showed a dc-offset on all channels.
- The picocope was disconnected from computer and without power for a couple of minutes. The PC was restarted and PicoScope still showed a dc-offset on all channels.
- At this point, I concluded that the PicoScope needed repair.
- After 16 hours, the picoscope was started again, and the dc-offset dissappeared.
- After further 8 hours, the picoscope was tested with signal generator, and expected values was found. It is now unclear if I have a scope the functions sometimes and others not, or if the sequence was expected due to the wrongly ranged channel.
1. I am very curious knowing about what the expected consequence of a under-ranged input signal?
2. And also if I need to repair my oscilloscope or not due the described sequence of events?