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Legacy: Setting GPIB Properties in Windows 2000

Windows 2000 gives you two ways to alter the properties of your GPIB hardware: the Device Manager, which allows you to verify and/or change the resources for your GPIB hardware and the GPIB Configuration Utility, which allows you to manipulate the GPIB settings of your hardware.


Accessing the GPIB Configuration Utility

  • Under Start » Settings » Control Panel, select the GPIB icon:

    Control Panel



Setting Board Properties

  1. The GPIB Configuration Utility initially looks like this (assuming you have a GPIB board installed):

    GPIB Configuration Utility


    Your GPIB board will appear in the list of GPIB Boards (on the left-hand side of the image). If you wish to edit a Device Template, then you must select a device instead, such as DEV1 (see below).

      Note: Unlike the Windows NT version of the GPIB Configuration Utility, the Windows 2000 version does not list a GPIB interface in the list of GPIB Boards unless a board is installed.


  2. Click on the Configure button to open the Configure window:

    Configure Window


  3. Click on the Software » button to expand the Configure window:

    Expanded Configure Window


    The default property settings for a typical GPIB PnP board are shown in the image above. See the page of Tips on Setting GPIB Properties in Windows 2000 for assistance.




Setting Device Properties

  1. Select a device name from the list of Device Templates on the right-hand side of the GPIB Configuration Utility window:

    GPIB Configuration Utility


    The Device Templates give you access to device-specific settings, such as an instrument's Device Name, any special Termination Methods, and the name of the GPIB interface (i.e., board) that the instrument is communicating with.

      Remember: The term device refers to instruments, while the term interface or access board refers to GPIB boards.


  2. Click on the Configure button to open the Configure window:

    Device Template


    The default settings for a typical GPIB instrument/device are shown in the image above. See the page of Tips on Setting GPIB Properties in Windows 2000 for assistance.


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