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The aim of this introductory chapter is to illustrate some of the characteristics of the 7200 of
fundamental importance to the technical staff, in particular, where to find the equipment status
and how to keep it up to date.
Each board of the 7200 is identified:
by its code (950..or 9100), which is always indicated on the printed circuit, and its
description, which is indicated on a label affixed to the handle or the printed circuit
by the serial number, indicated on a label affixed to the handle or the printed circuit
by the Configuration index, also on a label affixed to the handle or the printed circuit
The Configuration Index represents the HW level of the board and is indicated by two decimal
figures: the label will therefore be marked CONF.NN. The figures represent the numeric
transcoding of a series of resistors welded on the printed circuit of the board: different
configuration indexes correspond to different resistor layouts. The CPU reads the layout of
these resistors to find out the Configuration Index of the single boards.
You can find out which boards are installed and their HW level without having to remove the
machines casing: from the keyboard you can display the Configuration Screen (Fig.1). To do
this, press <MENU> key and select <SYSTEM INFO> option.
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The most important information displayed is:
the Serial Number of the device
the release resident in the CPU
the SW release installed
the Licences installed
a list of the boards installed and their Configuration Indexes
In particular, beside the name of each board there are two numbers in square brackets [NN]:
these numbers form the Configuration Index of the corresponding board.
On shipment from Esaote, a chart of the initial configuration is placed in a pocket on the
lower cabinet of the device. The technical staff will be responsible for keeping this chart up to
date with the actual configuration of the device.
At power-on, the CPU executes a self-test to check:
which boards are installed on the device
their Configuration Index
which SW release is installed
The result of this self-test is displayed (Fig.1) for a short time, before the ID Menu.
The initial self-test has a dual function:
If any new features have been added (e.g. the Doppler Module has been installed), the CPU
automatically reconfigures itself to manage the new devices. There is therefore no
Configuration Menu on which the technical staff has to activate the new functions. The
Configuration display indicates the changes made: with reference to the same example, the
screen will show the DOPPLER MODULE field as ON and consequently the levels of the
configuration indexes of the new boards installed can be read.
The CPU checks for internal conflicts and, if there are any, displays a warning message.
If there are conflicts between HW levels of boards or between HW and SW, the system stops
at the Configuration screen and displays the following message:
System Configuration Error: Board(s) not present or not compatible

All the fields that caused the conflict are displayed in red. For example, if a board has a
configuration index incompatible with the HW level of the device, the Configuration Index
field of that board will be red (maybe simply because the configuration resistors have not been
adapted to the new configuration). This screen thus represents a useful diagnostic tool for
technical staff. This screen may be bypassed by pressing the <ESC> key and access gained to
the ID Menu.
The 7200 is designed so as to minimize the number of updating procedures that require
operations to be carried out directly on the system. This is possible due to the use of Flash
EPROM which may be updated by means of a Floppy Disk. Each device has a Floppy Disk
drive installed on the left-hand side: the Flash EPROM is updated directly without having to
remove the machines casing.
The SW used on the machine is present in Flash EPROM installed physically on the CPU
board: the procedure for updating the SW release does not require any boards or cassettes to
be changed. As we have seen, the release installed appears on the Configuration display.
The same philosophy is used for storing all the probe control tables: all the boards involved in
controlling the probes (in particular, the Master, Motor and Scan boards) have one or more
Flash EPROM modules installed. Whenever the number of probes managed by the 7200 is
changed, the new tables must be loaded from a Floppy disk.
The release installed in the Flash Eprom is controlled using the same screen (Fig.1). As can be
seen, beside the lines of the Scan, Master and Motor boards, in addition to the Configuration
Index [NN], there is a series of characters in the following format:
where N is a numeric character and X is a letter corresponding to the firmware release.
The first field represents the assembly code of the Flash EPROM, the second represents the
release installed while the last series of characters is the code of the Floppy disk
corresponding to the release installed, the firmware code installed
If there are conflicts caused by the firmware releases installed, the characters of these fields
will be displayed in red.
The list contains all Service tools required to access to the 7200.
Phillips screwdriver

3 and 4 mm

Hexagon ratchet spanner

5 mm

Allen screwdriver

4, 5 and 10 mm

Allen screwdriver (spherical tip)

2.5 mm

Slotted screwdriver

Esaote spanner


Little brush
Medium tip welder
Solder removal tool
EPROM extractor tool