NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 17.0 Readme

May 2017

This file contains release notes, patent information, and last-minute information for NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 17.0. Some information in this file may be too recent to be included in the official documentation set.

This readme contains the following main sections:

Compatible Software

This driver version is recommended for use with the following National Instruments software:

  • NI-VISA 17.0
    • Any version of NI-VISA prior to 5.1 on your system may cause NI-488.2 usability issues. Upgrade to NI-VISA version 5.1 or later before using any NI-488.2 devices.
  • LabVIEW 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Supported Hardware

NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 17.0, supports the following GPIB interfaces:

  • Desktop RT with NI PCI-GPIB
  • Desktop RT with NI PCIe-GPIB
  • NI PXI controller with built-in GPIB
  • NI PXI-8212
  • NI PXI-8232

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 17.0

LabVIEW Real-Time 2017

NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 17.0, adds support for LabVIEW Real-Time 2017.

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 16.0

LabVIEW Real-Time 2016

NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 16.0, adds support for LabVIEW Real-Time 2016.

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 15.5

The following issues were resolved in NI-488.2 15.5

Issues resolved in NI-488.2 15.0.1 were ported to the NI-488.2 for LabVIEW Real-Time, Version 15.5 release.

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 15.0.1

The following issues were resolved in NI-488.2 15.0.1

547340: GPIB ports may not be reported in NI MAX, Web Configuration, and System Configuration API with NI-488.2 15.0.0.

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 15.0

Updated experience in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

The configuration experience in MAX has been updated to improve consistency with other NI products. Self-Test has also been added for GPIB interfaces.

Web configuration

GPIB interfaces are now fully configurable through the NI Web Configuration interface. Self-Test has also been added.

The following issues were resolved in NI-488.2 15.0

121091: Calling ibonl when a board level ibwait is in progress could result in application crash.

121181: A deadlock might occur when attempting to use a board handle with pending ibonl call on another thread.

Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 14.0

The following issues were resolved in NI-488.2 14.0

122997: The EOIP status bit could remain set incorrectly if an ibwrta or ibrda call returned an EDVR error.

205182: Asynchronous transfers could sometimes report EABO even though the transfer completed successfully.

405414: In some cases the DCAS bit was not correctly cleared after being reported, causing it to be reported with subsequent calls.

Driver Version Naming Changes

NI-488.2 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>. The last version released under the old numbering scheme was NI-488.2 3.1.2. The first version released under the new numbering scheme was NI-488.2 14.0.

Contacting National Instruments

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