Preset setups In PicoScope 6

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Preset setups In PicoScope 6

Postby hexibot43 » Tue May 10, 2011 7:08 pm

I have just gotten started using the PicoScope 6 software. I've had the scope for a couple months now, and still getting use to the software. I was just working on a car and got all the probe setups the way I like it, the channel volt ranges right, etc,.. Now I see that I can save this as my new default for startup, but is there a way to easily switch between multiple different named setups? Like one setup for when I'm using my scope as an ignition scope. Another when I'm working with Crank, Cam, Coil, fuel injector. I want to make my own canned setups. Any suggestions? Thanks, Marcello
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Re: Preset setups In PicoScope 6

Postby Lee » Wed May 11, 2011 12:51 pm

Dear Marcello

Thank you for your forum post.

You can create multiple settings files by saving a waveform as a 'settings file' oppose to a 'psdata file' but you cant load them in such a way that you can choose between them within the software. What you can do though is once you have a file configured to your specification i.e. Probes are set, ranges, filtering etc, You can then simply either save it as a settings file or a normal waveform and then re-open these into the PicoScope Software as you normally would.

What ever changes you make within the file, once you save it, the settings will be saved therefore you can just simply re-open it to the desired settings. This would then allow you to have settings for Ignition, Sensors, Actuators, and other settings you feel more comfortable with.

The key difference to remember though is with a psdata file (Waveform), when you reload the file it loads all the settings and the data i.e. waveform, that were saved, then you need to press 'Go' to start sampling.

With a settings file however, there is no data displayed i.e. waveform as this information is not saved and once opened the software begins sampling straight away with the settings that were saved into that file.

I hope this helps to answer your question.

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Re: Preset setups In PicoScope 6

Postby hexibot43 » Mon May 16, 2011 3:26 pm

Thanks Lee,
That will do. It'll get'r done. Not pretty, but I can work with that.

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Re: Preset setups In PicoScope 6

Postby Dave Hill » Tue May 24, 2011 9:53 pm

This is a good point that is easily overlooked.

Once you have a setup that you find suitable for YOUR needs (we are not all the same after all) all you have to do is save your file in a "settings" format.

File
Save as
Save file type .....{*. pssettings}

Typically I will have a files called.....

maf vs o2 WOT default test.pssettings 

Or

Rail pressure vs pressure regulator current default test.pssettings 

It really is up to you.  

The convenient part becomes clear, when next you have a similar test to perform. Simply find your previously saved "settings file" &  open it (with Pico connected) & your own "preferred setup" will be loaded & ready to go! One of the benefits of this method is, that you will become familiar with the "scaling" of your set up. 

You will see lots of MAF waveforms posted on the Internet and although it is easier for an experienced scope user, to judge the time/volt ranges, it can confuse a newby when a waveform appears to be double sized. Familiarity is needed when assessing waveforms & a "standard/default" setup will soon make you feel at home. 

I have a folder on my desktop, with lots of "setup" files stored. it really does speed up the task, when you need to perform routine checks.
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Re: Preset setups In PicoScope 6

Postby hexibot43 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:45 pm

Thank you Mr. Dave Hill,

I just updated my software and was having trouble with it. Somehow I missed this post. I will give your idea a try. This seems very close to what I'm asking. I'd agree that I like to look at all cars from a familiar base setting...apples to apples. At our shop we have to work on everything that is out there. One moment I'm working on a 750 BMW and the next I'm working on a Ford Festiva. Even using the same company scan tool between these cars will give different values for scanned data. The MAF on the BMW could be in Grams per Hours, and the Ford in Grams per second.

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