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HP 3325A function generator frontpanel went black - Any ideas please?

Discussion in 'Electronic Equipment' started by Anders Johansson, Sep 2, 2006.

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  1. My HP 3325A suddenly went black, and will not respond to pressed keys.

    The cpu seems to be running but the only clock on the front panel interface
    I can see
    is the LWKD that clocks 7-segment data. The other two clocks are permanently
    high.
    They come from two different LS138's so I find it hard to believe both chips
    failed.

    Is there any way the the cpu can programatically decide to not clock the
    front panel?

    The power supplies are OK.

    Can anyone help me with some idea of how to proceed?

    Thanks,
    Anders J
     

  2. Yes, make sure you have the full manual, and that its for the right
    serial number range. If that's too much trouble, ship it to me for
    parts. ;-)


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     

  3. I have the manual, so that's not an issue.
    Perhaps reading and understanding it is an issue :-(

    The problem is that it seems that the cpu is not clocking data to
    to the front panel, which I find a bit hard to believe. That why I'm looking
    for ideas concerning this.

    * Is there e legitimate way for the generator to totally blank its front
    panel?
    * If not what could cause this, except for a cpu failure. On the other hand,
    other clocks and signals are there so it's not entirely dead.

    Thanks for any input,
    Anders J
     

  4. I serviced one of the B versions about seven years ago. It is a
    complex instrument that our in house cal lab couldn't handle, so I
    helped find some bad chips in the control logic. I don't remember
    enough after seven years to help you, without the schematic in front of
    me. Make sure all the supply voltages are there, and in spec, to start
    with. After that, I would check the electrolytic capacitors. If its more
    than that, you might have to send it to a good cal lab.


    I just found and downloaded a 3325B manual on the Agilent website, but
    I haven't had time to look at it yet.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
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