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How to Update Firmware on Rigol Oscilloscopes

This tutorial will show you how to update the software on your Rigol Oscilloscope. This will unlock the latest features as well as solve some bugs. What you will need.

Getting the Latest version

The first step is to get the latest version of the firmware software from the Rigol Oscilloscope Page. Navigate to the series of scope you have in my case a 1000Z series. Once on this page, you can find the link that says downloads. Under downloads, you will see an option for firmware click the link in this section and you will be directed to a form that will ask for some information including your model number and serial. The model number is on the front and will be something like 1054Z (make sure you get this right) The serial will be on the back and labelled as the serial number.

Once you have filled in all these forms you will download a file with a name like DS1000Z(ARM) Update. Extract the contained .gel file into the root of a blank thumb drive.

Running the Update.

Safely remove the drive from your computer then power up your scope. Once the scope has powered up insert the drive into the USB port next to the power button. The scope will detect the .GEL file and display a message like the one below. The message may tell you that the version on the drive is newer if this is the case you can click on the button indicated to update. DO NOT REMOVE THE POWER UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE.

Rigol-Oscilloscope-Update-button

Once the bar has reached 100% and it says Update Finished you can choose the Cancel option. Now cycle the power on the scope and you are ready to go!

Rigol-Oscilloscope-Update-Complete

All done!

Now your oscilloscope should be up to date with the latest features and bug fixes. If you have any trouble or have a cool feature you want to share a post on the forum page below and let us know.

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