Oscilloscope Basics

This page is a reference for basic retro-gaming and arcade related oscilloscope information.  I’ve made some videos that should help both as a tutorial and reference…and some day I’d like to create written guides for people to have an easier time referencing the basics.

Videos are below and here’s some of the equipment I’ve been recommending:

Oscilloscopes:

Rigol DS1054 (eBay):  https://ebay.to/2tj6FdQ
Rigol DS1054 (Amazon):  https://amzn.to/2TPwoGv
Owon (get this exact one):  https://amzn.to/2TQMoYD

 

Cables & Connectors (not needed for all setups):

RCA to BNC:  https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/cinch-connectivity-solutions-aim-cambridge/CPAD517/J10099-ND/414256
75 Ohm Terminators:  https://www.markertek.com/product/2555-3-32/75-ohm-bnc-terminator
Right-angle BNC:  https://www.markertek.com/product/b-bfra/connectronics-b-bfra-75-ohm-bnc-female-to-male-right-angle-adapter
BNC T-Adapter:  https://www.markertek.com/product/b-2bf/tecnec-b-2bf-75-ohm-bnc-male-to-2-bnc-female-adapter
High-Quality BNC Cables:  https://www.markertek.com/product/1505-b-b-3/laird-belden-1505-b-b-3-laird-belden-1505a-sdi-hdtv-rg59-bnc-cable-3-foot

 

Use a scope to test controller lag:

There’s no video yet, but a written walkthrough can be found here:  https://www.retrorgb.com/controllerlag.html

 

Instructional Videos: