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Old 02-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Blue ESR meter - FA error code

I recently pulled apart an Apple PSU and was going to start checking capacitors when I performed a self-test with my Blue ESR meter.

Instead of the correct .8.8 result I got an FA error.

The manual seems to suggest that a FA error would normally be accompanied by the meter "behaving strangely" and lists possible causes for some problems, but as far as I can see, the meter is still working just fine - or at least zeroing works, the calibration resistors measure correctly, there is no garbled display, the meter turns on and off correctly and the low battery warning feature operates.

Therefore, I am not really sure where to start, considering the only apparent fault is the FA error itself.


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Old 02-29-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Blue ESR meter - FA error code

>>Trust me to get the weirdest problem!<<

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I'm sure Bob Parker will see this, but if he does not, send him a PM asking him to respond.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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I recently pulled apart an Apple PSU and was going to start checking capacitors when I performed a self-test with my Blue ESR meter.

Instead of the correct .8.8 result I got an FA error.

The manual seems to suggest that a FA error would normally be accompanied by the meter "behaving strangely" and lists possible causes for some problems, but as far as I can see, the meter is still working just fine - or at least zeroing works, the calibration resistors measure correctly, there is no garbled display, the meter turns on and off correctly and the low battery warning feature operates.

Therefore, I am not really sure where to start, considering the only apparent fault is the FA error itself.


Trust me to get the weirdest problem!
Did you follow all of these pre-self-test checks in the manual:

Before doing the self-test, itís very important to first set VR1 to the center of its adjustment range, short out R30, 100R and make sure that the meterís supply voltage is in the range of 6.2 - 6.8V.

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Old 02-29-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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Default Re: Blue ESR meter - FA error code

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Did you follow all of these pre-self-test checks in the manual:

Before doing the self-test, itís very important to first set VR1 to the center of its adjustment range, short out R30, 100R and make sure that the meterís supply voltage is in the range of 6.2 - 6.8V.

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And just like that the "problem" is solved. On testing it now shows .8.8 as it should.

I remembered that it needed to be run from a lower voltage for testing, and checked this in the manual but somehow completely overlooked the detail about the resistors...

Thanks for pointing that out. Hopefully I will get it right the next time!
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Exclamation Re: Blue ESR meter - FA error code

There were some changes made in the Blue meter to minimise damage if it was connected to a charged high voltage capacitor. The addition of R30 was one of them. Unfortunately it caused the 'FA' fault code to pop up in the self-test function.

I didn't change the firmware to get around it, because then there'd be confusion about which version suited the Dick Smith meters and which version was for the Blue meter.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Blue ESR meter - FA error code

Ah, I didn't know that it had been changed like that.

I guess that makes sense with the addition of that resistor when you look at what the FA code is supposed to alert to.
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