Getting Started with a PXI System

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Overview

This guide provides seven simple steps to follow when you receive your PXI system to help you get up and running as quickly as possible.

Table of Contents

  1. Step 1. Unpack the Box 
  2. Step 2. Connect to the Host Computer and Power Source
  3. Step 3. Install Software
  4. Step 4. Install PXI Modules
  5. Step 5. Install and Configure in MAX
  6. Step 6. Register Your Products
  7. Step 7. Find More Information

1. Step 1. Unpack the Box 

Note: If you have purchased the NI System Assurance Program or Factory Installation Services, your system will have been delivered ready to use right out of the box and fully assembled.

 Click here to see what options are associated with the chosen program level. 

 

For those that did not purchase this service, unpack the contents of the box and verify that everything is included:

Windows PXI system

  • PXI system components
  • System documentation
  • Drivers CD/DVD
  • Power cable

 

MXI PXI system

  • PXI system components
  • System documentation
  • Drivers CD/DVD
  • Power cable
  • PCI card or PCI Express Card
  • MXI cable

 

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2. Step 2. Connect to the Host Computer and Power Source

Windows PXI

  1. Attach input power through the rear AC inlet using the appropriate AC power cable supplied. The Inhibit Mode switch allows you to power on the chassis or place it in standby mode. Set the Inhibit Mode switch on the back of the chassis to the Manual
    position. Observe that all fans become operational and the power switch LED is a steady green. Switching the Inhibit Mode switch to the Default position allows the system controller to control the power supply.

    Note: If your power outlet does not have an appropriate ground connection, connect the premise safety ground to the chassis grounding screw.

     Click here to locate the chassis’ user manual at ni.com/manual for instructions.
  2. Make sure the power switch to the chassis is turned off and remove the protective plastic covers from the four bracket-retaining
    screws from the embedded controller. Raise the injector/ejector handle until the module firmly seats into the backplane receptacle connectors. The front panel of the embedded controller should be even with the front panel of the chassis.
  3. Connect your keyboard, mouse, monitor and any other external devices to your PXI embedded controller.
    Note:
    Refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for installing your expansion card.
  4. Power on the monitor or display. Power on the chassis.

           Click here to locate the product user manual at ni.com/manual for additional instructions.
 

MXI PXI

  1. Power off the computer and remove the cover to have access to the PCI or PCI Express expansion slots. Once the PCI or PCI Express card is inserted, replace the cover.
    Note: Refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for for installing your expansion card.
  2. Attach input power through the rear AC inlet using the appropriate AC power cable supplied. The Inhibit Mode switch allows you to power on the chassis or place it in standby mode. Set the Inhibit Mode switch on the back of the chassis to the Manual
    position. Observe that all fans become operational and the power switch LED is a steady green. Switching the Inhibit Mode switch to the Default position allows the system controller to control the power supply.

    Note: If your power outlet does not have an appropriate ground connection, connect the premise safety ground to the chassis grounding screw.

     Click here to locate the chassis’ user manual at ni.com/manual for instructions.
  3. Power off your chassis and unplug the power cord.
  4. Be sure to remove all connector packaging and protective caps from retaining screws on the module. Align the PXI remote controller with the board guides on the top and bottom of the system controller slot. Raise the injector/ejector handle until the module firmly seats into the backplane receptacle connectors.
  5. Insert the drivers CD/DVD in your computer and install the recommended drivers. Once the software installation is complete, connect the MXI cable to the PCI or PCI Express module in the computer to the PXI or PXI Express module in the chassis and power on the system.

           Click here to locate the product user manual at ni.com/manual for additional instructions.
  

 

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3. Step 3. Install Software

Note: If you have purchased the NI System Assurance Program or Factory Installation Services, your system will have been delivered ready to use right out of the box with software installed.

 Click here to see what options are associated with the chosen program level. 

 

For those that did not purchase this service:

Windows PXI

  1. Install NI LabVIEW or other development software.
  2. Install the recommended drivers on the drivers CD/DVD

MXI PXI

  1. Boot up your computer. If you have not already installed LabVIEW, insert the installation CD/DVD and follow the instructions.
  2. Insert the drivers CD/DVD in your computer and install the recommended drivers.
  3. Connect your MXI controller to the expansion card in your laptop or desktop with the included cable.
  4. Reboot your computer.

 

Product Activation

Activation is the final step after installation. In this step, you activate product features based on what you purchased. National Instruments uses activation with many products to improve the efficiency of delivering software to customers. With activation, you can download evaluation software and activate the full-featured version once you have purchased it. Additionally, activation facilitates software asset management for large organizations.

 Click here to access product activation

 

Standard Service Program (SSP)

The Standard Service Program is designed to provide you with the latest software technology through automatic upgrades, and access to a higher level of technical support through phone and e-mail access to NI Applications Engineers. With Standard Service, one user receives all the Standard Service for one copy of NI software for one year. One year of SSP is included with most NI software products. Renew your service every year to continue receiving the benefits of SSP.

 Click here to learn more about SSP

 

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4. Step 4. Install PXI Modules

Complete the following steps to install a module.

  1. The device driver for the PXI module features a set of functions and attributes you can use to programmatically configure and control the PXI module. Install or upgrade the driver before installing new hardware so that Windows can detect your de
    vice.

     Click here to locate and install a PXI module driver
  2. Power off your chassis and unplug the power cord.
  3. Identify a supported slot in the PXI/PXI Express chassis. Refer to the table below to determine what slots support your PXI module should use. 


  4. Install a module into a chassis slot by first placing the module card edges into the front module guides (top and bottom). Slide the module to the rear of the chassis, making sure that the injector/ejector handle is pushed down.
  5. When you begin to feel resistance, push up on the injector/ejector handle to fully inject the module into the chassis frame. Secure the module front panel to the chassis using the module front-panel mounting screws.

 Click here to access additional getting started guides for NI modular instruments

 Click here to locate the product user manual at ni.com/manual for additional instructions.
 

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5. Step 5. Install and Configure in MAX

  1. Launch Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) from the desktop shortcut or the Start Menu.
  2. In the Configuration tree, click the Devices and Interfaces branch to expand it. The PXI system will appear here.
  3. Verify that the chassis and all modules appear when the tree is expanded.

 

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6. Step 6. Register Your Products

Product registration allows you to make use of the services associated to your product and provides National Instruments with information to provide critical product notifications.

Benefits of a registered product:

  • Enable streamlined technical support
  • Access to applicable product services (Calibration, Repair, Upgrades, Self-Paced Online Training)
  • Receive critical part notifications, software updates, and service expirations

 Click here to register, manage, and access your products and services


Note: You are required to log in to ni.com profile to access your products and services.

 Click here to see more about the services that National Instruments offers, such as calibration and repair/warranty

 

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7. Step 7. Find More Information

 Click here for Measurement & Automation Explorer Help

 Click here to locate the product user manual at ni.com/manual for additional instructions.

 Click here to access online support options such as example code, tutorials, and KnowledgeBase articles. 

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