Lesson 1 - Preventive Maintenance
Causes of component failure and malfunction; Noise; Hardware and software maintenance; Environmental operating conditions
Learning Objectives:– Describe the preventive maintenance requirements of a microprocessor-based system.
– Identify potential maintenance problems of microprocessor-based equipment and propose solutions to those problems.
– Discuss ways to limit the undesirable effects that environmental operating conditions can have on a device.
– Develop an overall plan for a preventive maintenance program.
Lesson 2 - Diagnostics
Hardware review; Bus timing; Logic levels; Diagnostic software; In-circuit debugging; Clock timing signals; System self test
Learning Objectives:– Explain the best way to go about troubleshooting hardware problems in a microcomputer system.
– Explain what an in-circuit debugger does.
– Describe static stimulus testing.
– Discuss the use of diagnostic and self-test software programs.
– List at least five specialized component testers that can be used to troubleshoot microcomputer systems.
Lesson 3 - Test Equipment
Logic probes and pulsers; Current probes; Oscilloscopes; Logic and signature analyzers; In-circuit emulators
Learning Objectives:– Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using logic probes to troubleshoot microcomputer system problems.
– Describe the major features of a modern digital oscilloscope.
– Describe the difference between a logic analyzer and an oscilloscope.
– Explain how a signature analyzer is used to isolate a defective part.
– Identify the purpose of an in-circuit emulator.
– List some test instruments that are available as microcomputer-based printed circuit cards.
Lesson 4 - Documentation
Hardware and software documentation; Documentation problems; Operational documentation
Learning Objectives:– Identify the different types of hardware documentation required for a microprocessor-based system, and describe their uses.
– Identify the different types of software documentation required for a microprocessor-based system, and describe their uses.
– Explain the necessity of operational documentation for a microprocessor-based system.
Lesson 5 - Troubleshooting Guidelines
Flowcharts; Using test equipment; Intermittent problems; Aids for troubleshooting software; Hardware troubleshooting
Learning Objectives:– List the basic steps to be followed when troubleshooting a microcomputer system.
– Discuss the use of flowcharts and test equipment in troubleshooting microcomputer systems.
– Identify some aids for troubleshooting software.
– Describe four hardware accessories that simplify and speed up troubleshooting.