[time-nuts] Basic HP 5334A question

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 00:47:55 UTC 2011

An ebay seller, as typical says "I don't know if this even powers up"
but the photo shows all dashes across the display.   Is there any way
an HP 5334A can get to an all dash display without passing the self
test?   Seems from my reading of the manual it will either be (1) dead
(no lights on) or (2) display an error code and stop or (3) pass the
self test flash the model number and then display all dashes.

I suspect that the seller does know more than he admits but simply
does not want to offer warranty as he would have to if he said "it
works".   So I'm wondering if an all dash display is a fairly good
indication that the unit works.

BTW, I don't understand these sellers.  They could easy double or more
the selling price of the unit if they'd  make a very few basic tests
and take photos of an operating display.

Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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