[time-nuts] Basic HP 5334A question

Robert Atkinson robert8rpi at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jan 5 07:37:23 UTC 2011

The one possible problem is a blown front end. This will not fail the self test. Check the sellers "completed listings" and feedback to see what esle they have sold. If they are playing dumb on this one, but knowedgeable about other tech stuff you may have a problem. Personally I find a faulty item described faulty does much better on ebay than one "not known" or not shown switched on. A asle hate the people who put "tested and working" on high start price items that are obviously not from the photo (i.e. matched parts missing, obvious damage) or that from the description they haven't got a clue what it is. OK if you are starting at $10, not at $1000.
Robert G8RPI.

--- On Wed, 5/1/11, Magnus Danielson <magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org> wrote:

From: Magnus Danielson <magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org>
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Basic HP 5334A question
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement" <time-nuts at febo.com>
Date: Wednesday, 5 January, 2011, 2:21

On 01/05/2011 01:47 AM, Chris Albertson wrote:
> 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.

Turning on the HP5334A and just let it run through the startup self test among other things will leave it with dashes accross the display.

> 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.

Well, that's what mine do.

> 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.

Having the knowledge, time, manual and will-power may be the aspects missing.


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