NI-488.2 21.5 Known Issues


This document contains the NI-488.2 known issues that were discovered before and since the release of NI-488.2 21.5. Known issues are performance issues or technical bugs that NI has acknowledged exist within this version of the product.


Not every issue known to NI appears on this list; it is intended to show the most severe and common issues that you may encounter and provide workarounds when possible. Other technical issues that you may encounter could occur through normal product use or system compatibility issues. You may find more information on these issues in NI’s Product Documentation, Knowledgebase, or Community.

Bug Number

Legacy ID




NI Drivers Fail to Load and Can Prevent 3rd-party Drivers From Loading on macOS 11.4 and Later With System Integrity Protection Enabled

NI-488.2 devices or NI-VISA PCI(e)/PXI(e) devices do not work by default on macOS 11.4 or later if System Integrity Protection is enabled.

In addition, 3rd-party drivers may fail to load causing 3rd-party applications to return errors.

To check whether your system has System Integrity Protection enabled, use the following command:
csrutil status


It is necessary to explicitly add the NI team ID as an allowed kernel extension publisher. This must be done from macOS Recovery.

  1. Boot to macOS Recovery by holding Command-R during boot
  2. Once in recovery mode, open the Terminal application
  3. Add consent for the NI team ID with the following command:
    spctl kext-consent add SKTKK2QZ74
  4. Reboot
After reboot, verify that NI team ID has been added to the system with the following command:
spctl kext-consent list

Reported Version:

NI-488.2 21.0

Resolved Version:



Aug 3, 2021


NI-488.2 Fails to Install on Linux Kernel 5.13 or Later with Fatal Error

When installing certain NI drivers onto a Linux system using kernel version 5.13 or later, the installation fails with an error about not finding all the dependencies it needs such as:

/var/lib/dkms/nikal/21.5.0f129/build/nikal.c:32:16: fatal error: config/modversions.h: No such file or directory


Reattempt the installation after adding modversions.h to the kernel headers for your current system kernel. For example:
sudo touch /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/config/modversions.h

Reported Version:

NI-488.2 21.5

Resolved Version:



May 10, 2022

Final Time Issue Listed

Issues found in this section will not be listed in future known issues documents for this product.

There are currently no issues to list.

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Glossary of Terms


  • Bug ID - When an issue is reported to NI, you may be given this ID or find it on  You may also find IDs posted by NI on the discussion forums or in KnowledgeBase articles.
  • Legacy ID – An older issue ID that refers to the same issue.  You may instead find this issue ID in older known issues documents.
  • Description - A few sentences which describe the problem. The brief description given does not necessarily describe the problem in full detail.
  • Workaround - Possible ways to work around the problem.
  • Reported Version - The earliest version in which the issue was reported.
  • Resolved Version - Version in which the issue was resolved or was no longer applicable. "N/A" indicates that the issue has not been resolved.
  • Date Added - The date the issue was added to the document (not the reported date).