Dammit, Fons! I'm trying to get some work done today and go
off and nerd snipe me.....
On Fri, 28 May 2010, email@example.com wrote:
>> Noise and interference on the voltage reference causes
OK, here's my guess (standing on the shoulders of guys
The signal is being amplitude-modulated by a 100 Hz
saw-tooth signal. This signal by itself produces a
tight frequency series in multiples of the fundamental
(i.e. 100, 200, 300, 400 Hz...) and constant
amplitude. When used to modulate the amplitude of the
input signal, it results in a peak at the input
singal's frequency... with symmetric, attenuated peaks
@ 100 Hz spacing (like the ones that you show).
If you change the frequency of the input signal, the
surrounding peaks will move with it to maintain a 100 Hz
The 100 Hz (being 2x 50Hz, the power freq. in Italy)
suggests that it is probably related to some manner of
power supply. However, I have no theory why we're
getting 2x 50Hz (and I think I need one :-)).
That the signal is (or is approximately) a sawtooth wave
suggests a capacitor somewhere... either corrupting the
ground signal or creating a ripple in the DC power supply
(rectifier circuit or a broken voltage regulator). I would
probably start by checking the MOBO power supply.
p.s. Nerd Sniping... http://xkcd.com/356/
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