Thank you for using NI-SCOPE. This file contains important information about the NI-SCOPE driver, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-SCOPE 15.1.1, and known issues.
NI-SCOPE 16.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2016 (32- and 64-bit).
NI-SCOPE 15.1.1 adds bug fixes for incompatability with NI-RFSA and NI-RFMx.
NI-SCOPE 15.1 includes the following new features:
NI-SCOPE 15.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2015.
NI-SCOPE 14.1 includes the following new features:
NI-SCOPE 14.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2014.
NI-SCOPE 4.1.3 adds a bug fix for VIs in LabVIEW 2013.
NI-SCOPE 4.1.1 adds a critical bug fix for an issue affecting NI PXIe-5185/5186 digitizers.
NI-SCOPE 4.1 includes the following new features:
NI-SCOPE 4.0.5 adds support for LabVIEW 2013.
NI-SCOPE 4.0 adds support for the NI PXIe-5162, a 5 GS/s high-speed digitizer.
The following table shows which hardware products are supported under particular operating systems.
|Hardware Product||Supported Under Windows 10 (32-bit)/8.1 (32-bit)/7 (32-bit)1||Supported Under Windows 10 (64-bit)/8.1 (64-bit)/7 (64-bit)|
|NI PXI/PCI-5102|| |
|NI PCMCIA/USB/AT-51021|| |
|NI PXI/PXIe/PCI-5105|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5112|| |
|NI PXI/PXIe/PCI-5114|| |
|NI PXI/PXIe/PCI-5122|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5124|| |
|NI USB-5132/5133|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5142|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5152|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5153|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5154|| |
|NI PXIe-5160/5162|| |
|NI PXIe-5185/5186|| |
|NI PXIe-5170R/5171R|| |
|NI PXI-5620|| |
|NI PXI-5621|| |
|NI PXIe-5622|| |
|NI PXI-5900|| |
|NI PCI-59112|| |
|NI PXI/PCI-5922|| |
|1MXI Express and MXI-4 are supported on Windows 10/8.1/7. |
2NI PCMCIA/USB/AT-5102 and NI PCI-5911 are Legacy products.
Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI High-Speed Digitizers Help.
NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later support the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. 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. Windows 2000 users must use NI-SCOPE 3.6 or earlier.
NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later support the following real-time operating environments:
Note You should install ADEs, such as NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-SCOPE. To add support for ADEs installed after installing NI-SCOPE, modify your NI-SCOPE installation or launch the NI-SCOPE installer again.
Note: Not all devices are supported by the LabVIEW Real-Time Module.
| LabVIEW Real-Time Module|
|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 the following location: |
Note $(IVIROOTDIR64) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
|NI-SCOPE Function Panel||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Drivers\niScope\niScope.fp|
|NI-SCOPE Header files||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Include|
|NI-SCOPE Import Library files (32-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib|
|NI-SCOPE Import Library files (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib_x64|
|NI-SCOPE DLL (32-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Bin|
|NI-SCOPE Firmware Updaters||Program Files\NI-DAQ\fpgafiles|
|NI-SCOPE Function Panel||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Drivers\niScope\niScope.fp|
|NI-SCOPE Header files||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Include|
|NI-SCOPE Import Library files (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Lib_x64|
|NI-SCOPE DLL (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Bin|
|NI-SCOPE Firmware Updaters||Program Files (x86)\NI-DAQ\fpgafiles|
Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel to launch the NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel.
Documentation for NI-SCOPE is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.
|NI High-Speed Digitizers Help||HTML/Windows Help||Contains primary help content for NI high-speed digitizer products. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information: |
|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||Printed and PDF||Lists technical specifications for your device.|
|Calibration Procedures for your device||Contains calibration instructions for your device.|
|NI-SCOPE Readme||HTML (this document)||Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.|
|Introduction to NI-SCOPE||HTML||Contains information about driver documentation, examples, connecting to your instrument, configuring instrument settings, and known issues.|
|NI-SCOPE IVI Compliance Document||TXT||Contains information about IVI compliance.|
For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.
To use the .NET API, you must install the .NET class libraries or the .NET Wrapper in addition to the NI device driver. For information on versions of the .NET Framework and the drivers each supports, as well as the download location of the installer files, refer to the National Instruments .NET Driver Support document at ni.com/info and enter Info Code NETAPIdriversupport.
Note To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/reader.
NI-SCOPE palette VIs are available from the Functions»Measurement I/O»NI-SCOPE palette.
NI-SCOPE functions are available in LabWindows/CVI from the Instrument menu. To load the NI-SCOPE function panel (.fp), select Instrument»Load, and navigate to IVI\Drivers\niSCOPE\niSCOPE.fp.
You can also access all the installed NI–SCOPE examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI–SCOPE»Examples.
With this release, NI-SCOPE drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI-SCOPE 16.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-SCOPE 16.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-SCOPE 16.0, 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?.
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NI-SCOPE versions are now aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions now start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, NI-SCOPE 14.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2014. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is NI-SCOPE 4.1.3. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is NI-SCOPE 14.0.
This section provides information on installing NI-SCOPE and NI-DAQ and upgrading from previous versions of NI-SCOPE.
NI-SCOPE installs NI-DAQ if it is not already installed, or if an earlier version of NI-DAQ is installed. NI-DAQ support files will be installed if you have LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI in your system. However, the only component that NI-SCOPE needs from NI-DAQ is the device driver.
Upgrading from NI-SCOPE 1.0 and 1.1—NI-SCOPE does not install over NI-SCOPE 1.0 or 1.1. You must uninstall these versions of NI-SCOPE before installing a later version of NI-SCOPE.
Upgrading from NI-SCOPE 1.5 and later—NI-SCOPE automatically uninstalls any previous version that is greater or equal to 1.5. If you have modified any old examples, these will be overwritten by the new versions.
For Windows 7, complete the following steps:
For Windows 10/8.1, complete the following steps:
As part of the NI-SCOPE installation, the following software is installed. To completely remove the NI-SCOPE 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.
NI-SCOPE provides an intuitive, full-featured interface for programming your hardware. NI-SCOPE is IVI-Scope compliant. For more information, refer to niScopeIVIComplianceDocument.txt.
NI-SCOPE ships with several examples for LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, MSVC, Visual C++, and Microsoft Visual Basic that will help you develop your software. These examples illustrate how to perform the most common operations with your hardware. To find the examples, go to Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Examples.
The NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel (SFP) is a software oscilloscope application for NI high-speed digitizers. It has the following features:
The NI-SCOPE SFP demonstrates some of the capabilities of NI high-speed digitizers and enables you to start using your new digitizer immediately without the need to know a programming language. The NI-SCOPE SFP is installed by default as a feature of the NI-SCOPE installation. To remove the NI-SCOPE SFP, use the Add/Remove Programs option.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI-SCOPE 16.0 Known Issues List at ni.com and enter the Info Code exzjhg for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-SCOPE 16.0.
The following list contains changes from earlier versions of NI-SCOPE to NI-SCOPE 16.0. If you have a Bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-SCOPE.
|571533||Fixed an issue where calling the niScope Initialize VI on the NI PXIe-5170R/5171R returned an error if NI-RFmx was installed on the system.|
|561964||Fixed an issue where repeated capability identifiers were treated as case-sensitive.|
|561223||Fixed an issue where trying to open a session to an NI-RFSA device resulted in an error.|
|486791||Fixed an issue where setting the Vertical Coupling attribute to Ground on a NI PXIe-5185/5186 would return undefined behavior for some ranges.|
|439447||Fixed an issue where NI-SCOPE VIs installed into LabVIEW 2013 were not mass compiled.|
|425102||Fixed an issue in the NI-SCOPE driver software that affects the NI PXIe-5185/5186 that may cause data corruption when performing a multi-record acquisition. For more information about this issue, visit ni.com/kb and enter 6DQG890S.|
|405834||Fixed an issue where the PXI-5900 would not initialize, producing IVI error 1074135028.|
|381159||Fixed an issue where calling niScope_Abort on a NI PXIe-5162 digitizer while an acquisition is in progress would cause the aborted record to be lost.|
|380799||Fixed an issue where using the PXIe-5162 with Distributed TClk would result in up to but less than 6.4ns of TClk skew between sync pulse senders, with the skew varying each time the sync pulse senders are synchronized.|
|368402||Fixed an issue where enabling 3, 5, 6, or 7 channels on the NI 5105 would cause a subsequent Fetch to return fewer samples than requested.|
|341670||Fixed an issue where the NI-SCOPE Soft Front Panel does not launch under certain conditions.|
|336845||Fixed an issue where TClk synchronization is not consistent between multiple sessions when using NI PXIe-5185 or NI PXIe-5186.|
|328318||Fixed an issue that caused NI-SCOPE 3.7 to not support Visual Basic 6.|
|327321||Fixed an issue where NI PXI-5105 returns incorrect data at low sample rates (<20 kS/s) if the channel list size is not a power of 2.|
|315548||Fixed an issue that caused the first channel in the channel list to return incorrect data when using the niScope EX Fetch Forever VI with multiple channels. You can find this example VI at Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-SCOPE»Examples.|
|257481||Fixed an issue where the Preferred Packet Size and Maximum Bandwidth properties had no effect for the NI PXIe-5185 and NI PXIe-5186.|
|257093||Fixed an issue where setting the Vertical Coupling attribute to Ground on a PXI-5922 would return the following error: "Internal Software Error occurred in Scopes software. Please contact National Instruments Support."|
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