LabVIEW Evaluation Series: Install LabVIEW Box Instrument Drivers

Publish Date: Feb 06, 2017 | 3 Ratings | 4.33 out of 5 | Print | Submit your review

Overview

Learn how to install box instrument drivers using the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder and/or the Instrument Driver Network. Follow step-by-step instructions to install a simulated instrument driver (if you want to evaluate without a physical instrument) and instrument-specific drivers (if you already own box instruments).

Table of Contents

  1. Are You Evaluating LabVIEW Without Box Instruments?
  2. Are You Evaluating LabVIEW With Existing Box Instruments?
  3. Were You Unable to Locate Your Instrument-Specific Driver Using the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder?

 

1. Are You Evaluating LabVIEW Without Box Instruments?

Install the Simulated Instrument Driver Using the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder

*Note: An Internet connection is required to use the Instrument Driver Finder.

  1. Launch LabVIEW.
  2. Launch the Instrument Driver Finder by selecting Help»Find Instrument Drivers.
  3. Select Simulation as the manufacturer.
  4. Click Search.
  5. Select simlvic Instrument Driver from the search results window.
  6. Click Install.

 

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2. Are You Evaluating LabVIEW With Existing Box Instruments?

Install Your Instrument-Specific Drivers Using the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder

The Instrument Driver Network (IDNet) community has thousands of free LabVIEW instrument drivers for virtually any instrument. Consistent driver APIs eliminate the need for you to learn low-level instrument commands specific to each instrument. The LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder helps you install new drivers in seconds directly from your development environment.

*Note: An Internet connection is required to use the Instrument Driver Finder. The images in this section are examples of instruments you can download. You can search for your own instruments.

  1. Launch LabVIEW.
  2. Launch the Instrument Driver Finder by selecting Help»Find Instrument Drivers.
  3. Select the manufacturer of your instrument.
  4. Enter any keywords such as the model number.
    Note: You can also select Scan for Instruments (if the instrument is connected).
  5. Click Search.
  6. Select your instrument from the search results window.
  7. Click Install.
  8. Repeat this installation process for any additional instruments that you have.

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3. Were You Unable to Locate Your Instrument-Specific Driver Using the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Finder?

Install Your Instrument-Specific Driver Using IDNet

*Note: Some drivers cannot be accessed through Instrument Driver Finder. If you are unable to locate a driver through Instrument Driver Finder, you should search IDNet. If you cannot locate your driver on IDNet, please make a request for the driver to be developed. The images in this section are examples of instruments you can download. You can search for your own instruments.

  1. Open a web browser and enter http://ni.com/dnet to go to IDNet. 
  2. Enter keywords for your instrument (manufacturer, model) or use the faceted navigation on the left to search for your instrument-specific driver.
  3. Select your instrument from the search results to go to the Driver Model page.
  4. Select Go to Driver Page.
  5. Select Download Driver Now for the version of LabVIEW you're currently using. 
  6. This downloads a .zip driver folder that contains files for your instrument driver.
  7. Navigate to the downloaded .zip driver folder on disk.
  8. Extract the contents of the .zip driver folder to C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW XXXX\instr.lib.
  9. If you have LabVIEW open, close, and restart it so that the driver can completely install into the palette. The installation process is complete.

 

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