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Links to useful information

Post by Steve Smith » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:06 pm

One of the challenges we all face is "where to go to find the information we need?"

There is simply no way we can retain all the information we digest and so I guess the trick is to File and Recall the information we require when we need it.

Often when training or presenting Pico material delegates and customers ask...
"Where can I find more information about....?"

I always refer them to the website but I can never remember exactly where on the website given the volume of topics and subjects.

I have therefore compiled a number of links that I have posted below and intend to update periodically.

If you have seen other links on the Pico forum/website that have helped you understand a particular subject, then please add them here.

We are a team and all in this together

Take care......Steve

Website and Forum links


PicoScope Step 1 Guide
https://www.picoauto.com/download/documents/manuals/picoscope-guide-to-oscilloscope-diagnostics.pdf

Scope School Part 1 (Voltage-Time-Trigger-Probe-Auto Capture-Home-Guided Tests)
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/scope-school-part-1-introduction-to-picoscope

Scope School Part 2 (Signal and Time Rulers-Zooming-Custom Start up Settings-Saving and Mailing)
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/scope-school-part-2-the-next-step

Scope School Part 3 (Coupling-Buffers-Reference Waveforms-Scaling-Alarms- Measurements-Notes-Channel labels-Rotation Rulers and the Waveform Library)
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/scope-school-part-3-tips-and-tricks

Scope School Extra (Maths-Voltage Drop-Custom Probes-Filtering-Attenuation-Connect Detect)
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/scope-school-extra-bonus-class

PicoScope on line User Guide
https://www.picoauto.com/download/documents/manuals/picoscope-6-users-guide-en.pdf

8 Channel PicoScope 4823 Pros & Cons
More information

PicoScope, Why all the noise?
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post95821.html#p95821

Pressure School Part 1 (Introduction to WPS500 in-cylinder measurements-Cranking)
https://picoauto.com/library/training/pressure-school-part-1-introduction-to-the-pressure-transducer

Pressure School Part 2 (WPS500 in-cylinder measurements-Engine running)
https://picoauto.com/library/training/pressure-school-part-2-a-running-diagnosis

WPS pressure testing of cooling systems
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic15971.html?&view=unread#unread

WPS In cylinder Testing, TDC, Volumetric Efficiency and exhaust back pressure
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post89721.html#p89721

PicoScope Automotive Top Tips (Inc. Multiple Math channel article and Frequency coupling )
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic9881.html?hilit=top%20tips&start=10

Pico Waveform Library description and operation
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic10063.html

Heater Blower Motor Current v Blower Motor Speed
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic19111.html

CAN Bus Diagnostics and Serial decoding video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc2R462dlac

Triggering on CAN using MASKS
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic12871.html
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic14691-10.html

CAN decoding in colour
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic12871.html
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/scope-school-extra-bonus-class

CAN Voltage thresholds and crossing points
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21743.html?

CAN Phase Shift with Deep Measure (Inter-Channel timing)
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21776.html?

CAN Decoding: Limitations of PicoScope
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21743.html#p98467

CAN Hi Shorted to CAN Lo
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post94181.html#p94181

CAN Decoding into human readable data
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21593.html?&p=97888#p97888

Identifying CAN Nodes/Controllers/ECU's via CAN ID
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21680.html?

Active Termination of Networks (CAN Inc.)
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21743.html#p98472

FlexRay Decoding and Termination
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21743.html#p98479

Crank math channel
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic11511.html

Maths is cool, math channel applications
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post96371.html#p96371

RMS Calculation and profiling of AC Signals inc. 3 Phase AC current
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21311-10.html#p98731

Cam/Crank Correlation measurement technique
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic18471.html
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21754-10.html

Calculating Theoretical MAF
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21311-10.html#p97972

Negative Duty Cycle Maths Channel creation
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic10051.html

Negative Duty Cycle Maths Import
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post31053.html#p31053

Frequency and Duty math channel application
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/utilising-maths-channels-to-view-an-inlet-metering-valve-imv-duty-cycle

Filtering in PicoScope
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/filtering

Graphing, Filtering and hiding Channels
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post86291.html#p86291

PicoScope Deep Measure
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic17711.html

PicoScope Floating inputs
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/voltage-drop-techniques-introducing-floating-inputs

Parasitic drain measurement (Current clamp method)
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/parasitic-drain

Parasitic Drain resister V-Drop method
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post96371.html#p96541

Converting ABS speed signals to road speed
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post96371.html#p96821

Calculating Dwell Angle
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21311-10.html#p97884

Bosch 4.2 Broadband Lambda sensor measurement
https://www.picoauto.com/library/training/testing-the-bosch-lsu-4-2-broadband-oxygen-sensor

Pico Diagnostics Compression testing (with WPS)
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic14971-10.html

PicoScope Compression testing with compensation
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic16131.html

Individual cylinder valve timing errors
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic17241.html

Piezo injector operation
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic19561.html

PicoScope Automotive devices v PicoScope Test & Measurement devices
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic19501.html

PicoScope Resolution Enhancement
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post35851.html#p35851

Limitation of PicoScope Waveform Buffer Memory
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21670.html?&p=98229#p98229

PicoScope Frequency Coupling feature
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic18881.html

PicoScope AC Coupling feature
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post85541.html?hilit=AC%20coupling#p85541

Keyless Entry Detector (Alternative uses)
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic19361.html

NVH Speaker wiring test
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21661.html

NVH 3 Axis Vibration measurement and Multiple Sensor Mode
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic11521.html

NVH Time Domain
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic13221.html

Locating momentary knocking noises with NVH and PicoScope
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21061.html

NVH Harmonic Rulers
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post49451.html#p49451

NVH Orders and Harmonics
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic19731.html?&view=unread#unread

NVH Function Generator
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post50851.html#p50851

NVH Graphing PIDS
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post49491.html#p49491

NVH Filtering
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post49441.html#p49441

Customer Mic application
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic16581.html

NVH Tire Correction factor
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post47401.html?hilit=tire%20correction%20factor#p47401

NVH Adding a Custom Vibration
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post62901.html#p62901

NVH Wheel Bearing Diagnosis
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic17901.html

NVH Listening to Accelerometers
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post91701.html#p91701

New NVH Features for 2019
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21639.html?

NVH Suspension Natural Frequency
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic18151.html

NVH FFT Response and Accuracy control
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic17901.html

NVH Audio Import Analysis
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post93381.html#p93381

Explanation of engine vibration orders E0.5, E1 and E2
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post86961.html#p86961

NVH Calculating Road speed
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic17141.html

Wind Noise Detection via NVH & Smart Phone
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21729.html?&p=98418#p98418

Parking sensor-Ultrasonic testing-Wind noise detection
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21710.html

Pico Diagnostics Battery test insight
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post57461.html#p57461

Pico Diagnostics Battery test results and criteria explained
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post77701.html#p77701

BMW Valvetronic evaluation here

Mazda RX8 Wankle Engine Compression Testing
https://www.picoauto.com/support/post35111.html?hilit=rx8#p35111

Hydraulic Pump Theoretical Flow Rate and Volumetric Efficiency
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21311-10.html#p98250

Hybrid Relative compression testing
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21803.html#p98813

Creating a custom probe
https://www.picotech.com/download/articles/custom_probes.pdf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmaUw2wU-OM

High impendence TA375 v Standard Pico Test leads with CAN & FlexRay
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21591.html?&p=97872#p97872

NVH Case Studies
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/2004-vw-golf-2-0-tdi-cabin-vibration-nvh
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/maserati-nvh
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/finding-faulty-engine-mountings-with-the-nvh-diagnostics-kit
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/nvh-diagnosis-of-transmission-screech

WPS Case Studies
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/2012-subaru-flat-4-cylinder-misfire-p0302
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/vw-caddy-1-9-tdi-lack-of-power-poor-cold-start
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/vw-polo-misleading-fault-codes
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/ford-fiesta-misfire-techniques
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/engine-non-start
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/triumph-investigation?mc_cid=ff76be2dd8&mc_eid=0695e7c939
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/range-rover-brake-booster-failure

Current clamp case studies
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/2007-toyota-hilux-2-5-tdi-p0340-p0335
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/juddering-at-low-speed
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/1961-jaguar-e-type-3-8-unstable-idle-speed
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/Jaguar-x-type-2006-severe-power-loss
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/2003-bmw-5-series-4-4-v8-communication-error
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/eml-on-and-fault-code-p0491
https://picoauto.com/library/case-studies/fiat-kobelco-e135-excavator-engine-shutdown
https://picoauto.com/library/case-studies/tesla-roadster-abs-and-tc-warning-lights
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/faulty-piezo-injector
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/daf-rear-steering-fault

Case Studies- PicoScope in harmony with the Scan Tool not against!
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/2001-toyota-celica-with-mil-p0172
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/severe-hesitation
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/subaru-with-incorrect-abs-operation
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/ford-focus-engine-overheating
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/communications-fault
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/hybrid-battery-cooling-system?mc_cid=f6531f00d1&mc_eid=366242fbc7
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/scania-r480-poor-idle-misfire-smoke-and-fault-codes
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/ford-ecoboost-maf-sensor
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/parking-brake-failure-epb
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/no-audio
https://www.picoauto.com/library/case-studies/engine-warning-light

How to locate your PicoScope 6 Automotive trace file (Page 4)
here https://www.picotech.com/download/manuals/picoscope-6-frequently-asked-questions.pdf

Videos - Pico Automotive YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0j4RPLcdNCVJPdEL-Q7m9A

CAN Webinar Pico UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1257&v=sjvB_901hzA

CAN Webinar post Q&A
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21743.html

Engine Non-Invasive testing Webinar Pico UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEqC2ZFWNdI

Engine Non-Invasive testing Webinar post Q&A
https://www.picoauto.com/support/topic21803.html

Cylinder identification with Common Rail Diesel during relative compression testing
https://youtu.be/EsJBOFzETjQ

PicoScope 4823 Practical session "Testing with the 8 Channel PicoScope" herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgT_Lse7FYo

NVH set up and road-test for vibration measurement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU-g5USWl2s

PicoScope NVH: an Introduction (Video 1)
Video 1 of 7

Interactive bearing wear evaluation
http://www1.udel.edu/present/Becky/bearing/

Mask and Alarm application
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chEIYcst0A4&t=948s

Discontinued products and software information
https://www.picotech.com/discontinued
Last edited by Steve Smith on Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:43 am, edited 11 times in total.

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Technician » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:01 pm

Steve, can I make a suggestion?

As the threads move further and further down the list, the thread here made will eventually become lost, difficult to find, so I wonder if it is possible to make it a "sticky". :)

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Liteace » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:35 pm

Ive read the useful information a few times, I noticed it says

"Using the previous 4000 series scopes"

AND

"demonstrates perfectly a new feature available with the brand new 4225 and 4425 Automotive PicoScopes"


It would have been nice of the sales team to tell the people who bought their scope to hold off for a bit as a brand new 4225 and 4425 Automotive PicoScopes is coming out or offer a reasonable price upgrade on just the unit !!!!!!!!!!!!!


It contradicts in one way, on adverts for the 4423 automotive, when it "WAS" the all singing all dancing scope to be with the ad said:

Every aspect of your PicoScope has been designed for a long working life, and it has the performance to ensure it will not be obsoleted by the changing technology in new vehicles.

Now with the new 4225 and 4425 out there youve got:

CAN and FlexRay are now common on vehicles, and new protocols such as SENT for digital sensors and CAN FD (up to 5x faster than the current CAN standard) will appear in new vehicles from 2017. The fast sampling rate ensures that the PicoScope 4225 and 4425 have the speed to handle future needs as vehicle technology changes.

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Dcunning35 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:54 pm

Thanks for the insightful post Steve ,being fairly new to the pico kit its great seeing links like this pointing you towards tapping into the full potential of the kit .
Danny

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Steve Smith » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:02 am

Hello and thank you for the feedback posts

Liteace I would not want you to think the 4423 Automotive Scope is now redundant as a result of the next generation 4000 Series Automotive Scopes.

Far from it, the 4423 is actually a better scope today than when you purchased the device thanks to the continual software updates.

The 4423 will continue to provide superior performance as it has since launch back in 2009 and thanks to the software features will enable you to capture and decode SENT, CAN FD, and FlexRay signals

Inevitably time and vehicle development marches on and we must keep pace with test equipment.

Vehicle network communication speeds and memory demands will continue to rise to levels we could have never imagined and so the need for improved test equipment hardware will have to be proportional. (hence the current range of Automotive PicoScopes)

One thing is for certain, the software brings along all scopes in the Pico family, not just the current range of scopes and so a Pico purchase is a lifetime purchase.

There will no doubt come the time where the limitations are reached for previous generation scopes measuring ultra modern vehicle networks over extedned time frames, but this does not render the scope redundant.

Our customers are our friends and this is always demonstrated here at Pico.

Customers who voiced disappointment after purchasing a previous 4000 series scope immediately before the launch of a the new generation Automotive Scope back in 2014, were able to take advantage of an exchange for a limited time period after launch. This is rare indeed and I hope demonstrates our commitment to customers new and old.

Take care.......Steve

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by MBsl600 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:07 pm

Many thanks for the effort and detail you've put into presenting this valuable information for the PicoScope community.

As a new member here, I find this priceless information as a way to flatten my learning curve and encourage us all to pursue the knowledge we so desperately need.

Your products and technical assistance is world class.

Best regards
Larry

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