Lesson 1 - Preventive Maintenance

Topics:

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

Topics:

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

Topics:

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

Topics:

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

Topics:

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.