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The following forum post will help with regards to removing noise via the USB cable using the ground point at the rear of the scope
The following forum post will also help highlighting “Common Mode Range Error” warning and how grounding the rear of the scope will help
In general, the need to ground the rear of the scope should be very seldom indeed
I hope this helps, take care……Steve
I made myself a grounding/earthing cable. I’m not familiar with US mains plugs because I live in the UK, but I presume you could do something similar. I removed the 2 phase pins from a mins plug so that I was left with just the ground/earth pin. I then wired a long green-and-yellow cable to it, on the other end of which is a crocodile/alligator clip, which can attach to the ‘scope.
I very rarely use it. In fact, I use it so rarely that I tend to be very slow to remember that grounding the ‘scope is a valuable option, especially when troubleshooting strange effects.
So I’ll try grounding the ‘scope if I’m seeing any strange anomaly, especially if it coincides with mains frequency. And especially if I have a device plugged into the mains, such as a laptop charger or a separate mains-powered monitor plugged into my laptop (which has necessitated grounding that monitor rather than the ‘scope).
Very occasionally I’ll wonder if I should ground my ‘scope as a matter of routine, especially if my laptop is running off mains power. That way, if I do notice anything strange, I wouldn’t be wasting an hour before I remember to see if grounding the ‘scope solves the problem. However, such events seem rare, and it’s one cable less to fall over.
I’m grateful you raised the question because it’s prompted me to read the links in Steve’s reply.