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PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017) Readme

2017 Edition


Thank you for using PXI-5660 Support. This file contains important information about PXI-5660 Support and is organized into the following sections:

PXI-5660 Support Software: ni5660 APIs

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Documentation

Accessing VIs and Functions

The 5660 Demo Panel

Finding Examples

Product Security and Critical Updates

Uninstalling PXI-5660 Support Software

Known Issues

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


PXI-5660 Support Software: ni5660 APIs

This software installation provides support for customers using the PXI-5660. To program the PXI-5660, use the ni5660 API in LabVIEW and the NI-Tuner and NI-SCOPE APIs in other programming languages.

Supported Hardware

The PXI-5660 is supported under all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section.

System Requirements

PXI-5660 Support has the following minimum requirements:

Supported Operating Systems

The ni5660 API supports the following operating systems:

Note  In 2016, PXI-5660 Support dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017) will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017) to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017), you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does My LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.

Note  Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.

Application Software Support

PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017) supports the following application software versions, including service packs. You should install ADEs, such as LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-RFSA. To add support for ADEs installed after installing PXI-5660 Support, modify your PXI-5660 Support installation or launch the PXI-5660 Support installer again.

Application SoftwareVersions Supported
LabVIEW (32-bit only) 2014 SP1, 2015 SP1, 2016, or 2017
LabWindows/CVI2013 and later

Note The ni5660 API does not provide LabWindows/CVI support, but you can use the NI-SCOPE and NI-Tuner functions to create your application in this ADE.

Note  Install any toolkits or add-on software you intend to use with the NI-RFSA instrument driver after PXI-5660 Support installation is complete. Refer to the getting started guide for your device for more information about software and hardware installation.

Note MXI users must install the software included with the MXI hardware.

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <IVIROOTDIR32> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
    Note $(IVIROOTDIR32) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
    If you upgraded an installation of IVI, your files may be located in Program Files\IVI\
  • <VXIPNPPATH> is an alias for the VISA file location Program Files\IVI\VISA
    Note If you upgraded an installation of VISA, your <VXIPNPPATH> folder may be located at C:\VXIPNP
  • File Locations

    Files Installed Location
    NI-TUNER Function Panel<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\niTuner\niTuner.fp
    ni5660 Header file<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\include
    ni5660 Import Library files<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\lib
    ni5660 DLL (32-bit)<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\Bin

    Documentation

    Documentation for PXI-5660 Support is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFSA»NI-5660 Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

    Document Format Description
    NI PXI-5660 Help HTML/Windows Help Contains primary help content for the PXI-5660. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
    • An introduction to PXI-5660
    • Hardware device information
    • How to get started with application development
    • A complete reference for all PXI-5660 VIs
    Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, MAX configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
    Specifications for your device PDF Only Lists technical specifications for your device.
    Calibration Procedures for your device PDF Contains calibration instructions for your device.
    PXI-5660 Support (LabVIEW 2017) Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.

    For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.

    Note  To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/reader.

    Accessing VIs and Functions

    ni5660 palette VIs are available from the Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»ni5660 palette.

    The ni5660 API does not provide LabWindows/CVI support, but you can use the NI-SCOPE and NI-Tuner functions to create your application in this ADE.

    The 5660 Demo Panel

    The 5660 Demo Panel is accessible from Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFSA»NI-5660 Demo Panel.

    Press <Ctrl-H> with the 5660 Demo Panel running to access context-sensitive help for all controls and indicators. Refer to the NI PXI-5660 Getting Started Guide for more information about the 5660 Demo Panel.

    Finding Examples

    In LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI, you can use the NI Example Finder to search or browse examples. NI-RFSA examples are classified by keyword, so you can search for a particular device or measurement function. In LabVIEW, select Help»Find Examples to launch the NI Example Finder. The NI Example Finder offers two ways to access all installed LabVIEW example VIs (including NI-RFSA and Modulation Toolkit examples) and their descriptions:

    LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI users also can access all the installed NI–RFSA examples at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI–RFSA»NI-5660 Examples.

    Examples also are available online that demonstrate integrating signal analyzers with RF signal generators and NI toolkit software including the Modulation Toolkit. Refer to ni.com/examples for these examples and for more information.

    Product Security and Critical Updates

    Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

    Uninstalling PXI-5660 Support Software

    As part of the PXI-5660 Support installation, the following software is installed. To completely remove the NI-RFSA installation from your system, you must also remove all of the following packages:

    Caution  Several of the software packages listed above are shared with other NI software packages. If you attempt to remove a piece of software that something else is dependent on, a message launches to warn you about the software dependencies. You can choose to either uninstall all of the software or to leave the shared software installed. If you choose to uninstall the shared software, some of your other NI software may no longer function correctly.

    Note Do not attempt to uninstall by manually deleting files.

    Known Issues

    You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues for PXI-5660 Support.

    Automating the Installation of NI Products

    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.

    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:

    Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

    When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.


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