So you may remember that I ordered a Rigol 50 MHz oscilloscope, with the hope that it would be one of the older models, which can be trivially software modified to become a 100 MHz scope.
For the record: I ordered my scope from TEquipment.net on Wednesday 3/31. I was dumb and did the 3-5 day shipping, which meant it actually took a full on calendar week to deliver and also no tracking number. As your lawyer, I recommend you throw down for the 2-day shipping, which will get you a tracking number and probably also get you the scope the same week you order it.
The scope was delivered yesterday evening. Here I am opening the box.
"For DS1000E Series, V02.02". That's encouraging - 2.02 is the moddable firmware. Of course, just because the docs packet is v2.02 doesn't mean the actual scope firmware is v2.02...
I can't seem to connect to the scope's serial port to do the hack. Is this serial cable a crossover? Well, I have a good quality digital scope now, let's probe the cable and find out.
Sure enough! That's a very nice 9600 baud "A". Shame it's being sent on THE WRONG FREAKIN' PIN!
Cross me and yer gonna get double-crossed!
Awwwwwwwwwwww Je-Yeah! The front panel says "DS-1052E (50 MHz)" but the scope knows that, deep down inside, it's actually a "DS-1102E (100 MHz)". Also, the timebase now goes as fast as 2ns!
Here we see the scope catching 60 Hz power line noise, right out of the air. Woo!
So, I now have a scope that is capable of real-time snooping on DDR-400 memory. Probably the best $500 I've ever spent, actually...