This file contains important information about FlexRIO Support 15.1, including installation instructions, new features, and legal information.
For information about FlexRIO Adapter Module Support and FlexRIO adapter modules, refer to the FlexRIO Adapter Module Support Readme.
FlexRIO Support 15.1 includes the following new features.
FlexRIO Support 15.0 includes the following new features.
FlexRIO Support 14.5 includes minor bug fixes.
FlexRIO Support 14.1 includes minor bug fixes.
FlexRIO 15.1 software supports the following FlexRIO modules:
Device-specific information about these modules in included in the FlexRIO Help.
FlexRIO 15.1 supports the following operating systems:
|Windows 8.1/8.0|| |
|Windows 7 Professional|| |
|Windows Vista Business|| |
|Windows XP Professional SP2 or higher|| |
|Windows Server 2008 R2|| |
|Windows Server 2003 R21|| |
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x|| |
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x|| |
|Scientific Linux 6.x|| |
|CentOS 7|| |
1 Support for Windows Server 2003 R2 may require disabling physical address extensions.
Note: FlexRIO 15.1 does not support Windows Server non-R2 editions.
NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.
FlexRIO 15.1 supports the following real-time operating environments:
Note: You should install ADEs before installing FlexRIO Support 15.1. To add support for ADEs installed after installing FlexRIO Support 15.1, modify your FlexRIO 15.1 installation or launch the FlexRIO 15.1 installer again.
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FlexRIO Support versions are aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, FlexRIO 15.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2015.
Complete the following steps to install FlexRIO 15.1 for use with LabVIEW:
Note: In the LabVIEW FPGA installation menu, you must also install the Compilation Tools for FPGA Devices other than Virtex-II to use these examples.
Note: Visit ni.com/info and enter rdsoftwareversion as the Info Code for more information about which minimum software versions you need for your device.
For Windows XP, complete the following steps:
For Windows 7/Vista, complete the following steps:
For Windows 8.1/8.0, complete the following steps:
You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
To access FlexRIO examples using the NI Example Finder, open LabVIEW and select Help»Find Examples, then select Hardware Input and Output»FlexRIO.
When you install National Instruments software on Microsoft Windows 8.1/8.0, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher.
NI Launcher helps you find and launch installed NI products. It provides you with a method of finding NI products similar to the Start menu in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. To use NI Launcher, click the NI Launcher tile in the Apps view. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.
|Note NI MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut when installed on Microsoft Windows 8.x. You can launch NI MAX either from the Apps view or from within NI Launcher.|
For convenience, you can pin your most-used NI applications, such as MAX, to either the Start screen or the Taskbar on the desktop, as necessary:
|Current Application||Icon Location||Pin to Action|
|Windows 8.1/8.0 Desktop||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to Taskbar|
|Windows 8.1/8.0 Desktop||Start screen||Right-click application and select Pin to Start|
|Windows 8.1/8.0 Start screen||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen|
If you want to find a particular application or related files, such as documentation files, from the Start screen, you can access all installed files from the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and select All apps (Windows 8.0) or click the down arrow on the bottom left of the screen (Windows 8.1).
For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1/8.0, visit ni.com/windows8.
FlexRIO will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of FlexRIO that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:
|NI Measurement Studio||mstudiolifecycle|
The product documentation is available at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI FlexRIO. Visit ni.com/manuals for the latest versions of product documentation.
To view these documents, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/acrobat.
The documentation set is composed of the following documents:
|FlexRIO Help||Contains information about FlexRIO device support. This book also provides instructions for using LabVIEW and the LabVIEW FPGA Module with FlexRIO devices.|
|NI-7931R/7932R/7935R User Manual||Contains information about how to develop applications for your NI-793xR module.|
|FlexRIO Adapter Module Development Kit User Manual||Contains information about how to develop custom adapter modules for use with your FlexRIO FPGA module.|
|Getting started guide for your FlexRIO FPGA module||Contains installation instructions and configuration information for your FlexRIO FPGA module.|
|Specifications document for your FlexRIO FPGA module||Contains specifications for your FlexRIO FPGA module.|
|Getting started guide for your FlexRIO adapter module||Contains installation instructions and configuration information for your FlexRIO adapter module.|
|Specifications document for your FlexRIO adapter module||Contains specifications for your FlexRIO adapter module.|
|FlexRIO Support 15.1 Readme (this document)||Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.|
Refer to ni.com/flexrio for additional FlexRIO product support and information.
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