Archived: NI-RFSG 1.9, 1.9.5, 1.9.6, 1.9.7, and 1.9.8 Known Issues

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Overview



This document contains the NI-RFSG 1.9, 1.9.5, 1.9.6, 1.9.7, and 1.9.8 known issues that were discovered before and since the release of NI-RFSG 1.9, 1.9.5, 1.9.6, 1.9.7, and 1.9.8. Not every issue known to NI appears on this list; it is intended to show the most severe and common issues that can be encountered.

Each issue appears as a row in the table and includes the following fields:

  • Issue ID - The number in at the top of each of the cells in the first column. When you report an issue to NI, you may be given this ID, you can also find IDs posted by NI on the discussion forums or in Knowledge Base articles.  "N/A" indicates that there is no ID assigned to the issue.
  • Issue Title (in italics) - Describes the issue in one sentence or less.
  • Problem Description - A few sentences which describe the problem in further detail. The brief description given does not necessarily describe the problem in full detail, and it is expected that you may want more information on an issue. If you would like more information on an issue, contact NI and reference the ID number given in the document.
  • Workaround - Possible ways to work around the problem. The workarounds that appear in the document are not always tested by NI and are not guaranteed to resolve the issue. If a workaround refers you to the NI KnowledgeBase, visit www.ni.com/kb/ and enter the KnowledgeBase number in the search field to locate the specific document.
  • Reported Version - The earliest version of NI-RFSG in which the issue was reported. If you discover the issue appears in an earlier version of NI-RFSG than is reported in this field, report the discrepancy to NI to have the field updated.
  • Resolved Version - Version in which the issue was resolved or was no longer applicable.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).

NI-RFSG Known Issues by Severity

 

ID Known Issue
329131

RF list mode does not work correctly when using both a Start Trigger and an external source for the Configuration List Step Trigger 

If you use a Start Trigger and an external source for the Configuration List Step Trigger, the device proceeds through the Configuration List Step Triggers before the Start Trigger.

Workaround: To use a Start Trigger to advance a configuration list, use the Timer Event Interval property or NIRFSG_ATTR_TIMER_EVENT_INTERVAL attribute instead of a Configuration List Step Trigger. Another workaround includes not sending the the Configuration List Step Triggers before the Start Trigger.

Reported Version: 1.8    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 03/14/2014
425439

When NI-RFSA and NI-RFSG both export a signal to the same external trigger line on a National Instruments vector signal transceiver (VST), LabVIEW does not return an error

You can export two different signals to the same external trigger line on a VST, for example, NI-RFSG exports a Marker Event to PFI0, and NI-RFSA exports a Start Trigger to PFI0. However, LabVIEW does not return an error when this occurs, so only the last item configured within either driver exports its signal.

Workaround: Avoid exporting signals from both drivers to the same external trigger line.

Reported Version: 1.9.5    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/25/2014
387196

NI PXIe-5644R and NI PXIe-5645R devices do not appear in the resource name control of the Initialize VIs and functions

When you click the resource name control in LabVIEW or LabWindowsTM/CVITM, the NI PXIe-5644R and NI PXIe-5645R device names are not present in the list of available devices.

Workaround: Manually enter the device name or alias for the NI PXIe-5644R or NI PXIe-5645R device in the I/O control. Obtain the device name or alias from MAX.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: 1.9.7    Added: 04/04/2013
385430

niVST Self-Calibrate.vi cannot be found

When using the NI PXIe-5644R or NI PXIe-5645R and upgrading to NI-RFSG 1.9 or when using the NI PXIe-5646R and upgrading to NI-RFSG 1.9.7, niVST Self-Calibrate.vi is missing because it has been moved and renamed. Replace the missing VI with the Self-Calibrate VI located on the NI VST Calibration palette or at <LabVIEW>\instr.lib\niVST\Calibration\SelfCal\Self-Calibrate.vi for your device.

Workaround: Replace existing calls to niVST Self-Calibrate.vi with a call to Self-Calibrate.vi.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 04/04/2013
242645 Incorrect error reporting behavior

LabVIEW FPGA 2010 corrupts error reporting for NI-RFSG, and you may receive the following error message:

Error information resources required by the driver could not be found on your system.  Reinstall the driver or contact National Instruments Technical support.

Workaround: Visit ni.com/kb and search for 5C1CGPJD for more information about how to correct error reporting behavior, or upgrade to NI LabVIEW 2010 SP1.

Reported Version: 1.7    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2010
258290
A protocol violation error occurs when using an NI PXIe-1075 chassis

When routing triggers across segments on the NI PXIe-1075 chassis, a protocol violation error may return. The NI PXIe-1075 has three bus segments: slots 1 through 6, slots 7 through 12, and slots 13 through 18. If the devices are located in different segments, you may run into this issue.  Some features, such as RF list mode or NI-TClk when used for synchronization or MIMO applications, internally route triggers. 

Workaround: Visit ni.com/kb and search for 5FTGSP0O for more information about working around this issue.

Reported Version: 1.6    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 11/24/2010
435537

Error -1074118136 occurs when exporting an event at a low I/Q rate

If you configure the driver to export an event when using an NI 5673E at a low I/Q rate, or if you configure the driver to export an event and enable the Compensate for Filter Group Delay property when using an NI 5672 at a low I/Q rate, you may receive the following error message:

The AWG reported the following error:
Event delay is outside of the legal range. Change the value of the delay, and/or verify that the units are correct.
Device:5450
Property: Started Event Delay Value
Requested Value: 0.0
Minimum Value: -59.521484e-6
Maximum Value: -34.524536e-6
Property: Started Event Delay Units
Requested Value: Seconds
Status Code: -200345

Workaround: If using an NI 5673E, increase the I/Q rate. If using an NI 5672, you can increase the I/Q rate or disable the Compensate for Filter Group Delay property.

Reported Version: 1.9.6    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 01/16/2014
392126

The niVST Calibration.lvlib:Self-Calibrate.vi leaks memory when loading and unloading

When using the Self-Calibrate.vi from the NI VST Calibration palette to self-calibrate the NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, or NI PXIe-5646R, a memory leak may occur when loading and unloading the VI repeatedly.

Workaround: Keep the Self-Calibrate VI in memory. For example, in your top-level VI, create a "dummy" subVI that includes one instance of the Self-Calibrate VI to keep the Self-Calibrate VI loaded in memory.

For applications that optimize memory usage where it is not acceptable to keep the Self-Calibrate VI in memory, you can minimize the memory leak by keeping a Timed Loop in memory. A memory leak will still exist, but it will be considerably smaller.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 04/04/2013
466905

Set frequency and power level execution time is longer than expected on the NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, and NI PXIe-5646R

Set frequency and power level execution time takes longer than expected on the NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, and NI PXIe-5646R compared to previous versions of the NI-RFSG instrument driver. The extended execution time depends on the value of the configured frequency.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 1.9.7    Resolved Version: 14.0    Added: 07/08/2014
150413 Signal generates at the NI PXIe-5450 CLK OUT connector when Reference Clock export is disabled

First setting the Reference Clock Export Output property to Clkout or NIRFSG_ATTR_REF_CLOCK_EXPORT_OUTPUT attribute to NIRFSG_VAL_REF_OUT_STR and then changing the Reference Clock Export Output property to Do Not Export Signal or NIRFSG_ATTR_REF_CLOCK_EXPORT_OUTPUT attribute to NIRFSG_ATTR_DO_NOT_EXPORT_STR still causes a signal to generate on the CLK OUT front panel connector.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 1.4    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 09/01/2011
248779 NI PXIe-5650/5651/5652 takes 10 ms to hit target power level when switching to the divide by 16 path

When switching to the divide by 16 path (any frequency between 100 MHz to 200 MHz) on the NI PXIe-5650/5651/5652, the output power behaves oddly. If you target 0 dBm on the device, the power starts off at approximately -25 dBm, but then overshoots to 10 dBm until it finally settles at approximately 0 dBm.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: N/A    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 09/01/2011
389317

The niRFSG Self Calibrate Range VI execution time is greater than expected when using the NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, and NI PXIe-5646R

In some instances, calling the niRFSG Self Calibrate Range VI or the niRFSG_SelfCalibrateRange function takes much longer than expected because of device settling, which can occur each time the device is reconfigured. When the VI or function executes, the RF IN and RF OUT connectors are configured twice. The connectors are configured once before and after execution where RF IN and RF OUT are reconfigured to their original states. Extended execution time is most noticeable when you repeatedly call the Self Calibrate Range VI or function for a single point, varying the frequency slightly for each call.

Workaround: Perform either of the following options as a workaround.

  • Call the niRFSG Self Calibrate Range VI or niRFSG_SelfCalibrateRange function only once for the entire frequency range so that device settling is minimized.
  • Configure and commit both NI-RFSA and NI-RFSG sessions to the desired frequency prior to calling the niRFSG Self Calibrate Range VI or niRFSG_SelfCalibrateRange function to minimize the call time.
Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/18/2013
411948

Error –373104 occurs when a hyphen character is used in a configuration list name

When creating a configuration list in NI-RFSG on a VST, using hyphens in the configuration list name results in error -373104, "the specified configuration list name is invalid".

Workaround: Avoid using hyphen characters in configuration list names.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/25/2014
387023

Error is not always reported when using duplicate names for NI-RFSG devices

NI-RFSG sometimes fails to report an error when you specify the same name in MAX for two different NI-RFSG devices.

Workaround: Perform either of the following options as a workaround.

  • Close and then reopen LabVIEW.
  • Use a unique name for each NI-RFSG device.
Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 03/21/2013
364860

A deadlock can occur when creating two peer-to-peer streams between two devices in opposite directions concurrently

Workaround: To avoid the deadlock, serialize the calls to the niP2P Create Peer to Peer Stream VIs.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 04/05/2013
371227

The test panel does not launch in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Installing NI-RFSG Run-Time 1.9 or later on a system with NI-RFSG 1.8 installed causes the MAX test panel to fail to launch.

Workaround: Install the NI-RFSG Soft Front Panel 1.9.5 from ni.com/updates.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/18/2013
392343

Errors occur during IVI simulation of NI 5610- or NI 5611-based devices

Simulating an NI 5610, NI 5611, NI 5670, NI 5671, NI 5672, NI 5673, or NI 5673E through the option string parameter of the niRFSG Initialize With Options VI or niRFSG_InitWithOptions function results in the following errors: 

  • NI Platform Services: An unknown or unexpected communication fault occurred while attempting to read data from or write data to a device.
  • MAX: (Hex 0x80040311) The client process has been disconnected from the configuration server. If this problem persists, please note the steps you performed that led to this error and contact technical support at http://ni.com/support.

    Workaround: Perform either of the following options as a workaround.
  • To create a simulated NI PXIe-5611 in MAX before running your program, complete the following steps.
    1. Open MAX, and right-click Devices and Interfaces.
    2. Select Create New....
    3. Select Simulated NI-DAQmx Device or Modular Instrument, and click Finish.
    4. Search for NI 5611, and click OK.
  • Close the process or application that received the error, and run the program or application again.
Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: 1.9.5    Added: 03/29/2013
386372

NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, and NI PXIe-5646R devices do not appear in the device control of NI-RFSG and NI-RFSA Express VI dialog boxes

NI-RFSG and NI-RFSA Express VIs are not currently supported for vector signal transceiver devices (NI 5644R, NI 5645R, and NI 5646R).

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 04/04/2013
363009

NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, or NI PXIe-5646R device may occasionally appear outside the chassis in MAX when the device is installed for the first time

NI PXIe-5644R, NI PXIe-5645R, or NI PXIe-5646R device may occasionally appear outside the chassis in MAX when the hardware/software is installed for the first time. The device should still function properly.

Workaround: Restart the machine to get the device to appear in MAX properly.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: 14.0    Added: 04/05/2013
316551 Building LabVIEW with NI-RFSG fails

When building an installer using LabVIEW with NI-RFSG included as part of the installation, the installer build fails and returns the following error:

The system cannot find the path specified.  

When Microsoft Driver Framework (MDF) attempts to access NI-RFSG from the second volume of the stand-alone distribution, there is no setup.ini file located.  MDF then searches the registry for the relative path between the root of the distribution and the Microsoft Installer Package (MSI). The problem is that the MDF does not verify that the source of the relative path is from the same distribution as the source of the root path (only that they are the same product version). It uses the first distribution it locates (alphanumerically) to get the relative path.

Workaround: Visit ni.com/kb and search for 5QJ95VUS for more information about working around this issue.

Reported Version: 1.4    Resolved Version: 1.8    Added: 09/01/2011
389561

Uninstalling NI-RFSG leaves an empty folder in the Start menu

After you uninstall NI-RFSG 1.9 or later, an empty NI-RFSG item is stored under the National Instruments folder in the Start menu location at Start»All Programs»National Instruments.

Workaround: Manually delete the empty NI-RFSG folder.

Reported Version: 1.9    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/18/2013
365962

In the device documentation, specifically the NI RF Signal Generators Help file, the MAX "Configure" button is inaccurately labeled with its former name, "Properties."

Workaround: When the documentation instructs you to select the "Properties" button, select the "Configure" button.

Reported Version: 1.8.5    Resolved Version: 14.5    Added: 08/09/2012
192893 Table of contents not locating

When linking to a topic in the NI RF Signal Generators Help from the LabVIEW context help or opening the help file from a VI within LabVIEW, the NI RF Signal Generators Help launches and the relevant topic displays, but the location of the topic might not be highlighted in the table of contents.

Workaround: N/A

Reported Version: 1.6    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2010
238196 Warning about active content

Microsoft Windows security feature that asks users whether or not to allow active content on their computer when launching certain pages from the driver media.

Workaround: Select Yes when the active content warning appears.

Reported Version: 1.7    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/26/2011

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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 ni.com.  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).