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GPIB Installation/Configuration Troubleshooter

Setting GPIB Properties in Windows NT

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 (in this screenshot GPIB0 represents an AT-GPIB/TNT board, as shown by the title bar):

    GPIB Configuration Utility


    Notice that GPIB0 is highlighted under 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). (The term device refers to instruments, while the term interface refers to GPIB boards.)

    During installation you may use the Board Type button to select the type of GPIB board that you plan to install (e.g., an AT-GPIB/TNT board). (If you plan to install multiple boards, then highlight GPIB0 for the first board, GPIB1 for the second board, etc. before you click the Board Type button.)

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

    Configure Window


    The default resource settings for a typical legacy (i.e., non-plug and play) GPIB board are shown in the image above. If the resources for these default settings are not available, then you can change them as necessary.

      Do you have a plug and play GPIB board?

      Note: If you change the Base I/O Address setting, then the diagram in the upper right corner of the Configure window will change, reflecting the positions of the dip switches for the new setting. See the GPIB troubleshooting page on Resolving Resource Conflicts in Windows NT for more information on how to adjust your board's resources.


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

    Expanded Configure Window


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


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