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Legacy: GPIB Hardware Resources 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 board and the GPIB Configuration Utility, which allows you to manipulate the GPIB settings of your board.

Accessing the Device Manager

  • Under Start » Settings » Control Panel » System, select the Hardware tab and then press the Device Manager button

Viewing Your GPIB Board's Resources

  1. In the Device Manager window, look for an entry called "National Instruments GPIB Interfaces" and double-click on it. You should see something like this:

    Device Manager

    Note: The example in the image (above) would list two entries for a GPIB "plus" board: one for the controller hardware and one for the analyzer hardware. Only the GPIB "plus" boards will have two entries for the same board.

  2. Left-click once on your board to highlight it and then click on the Properties button to open the Properties window.

  3. Click on the Resources tab. You should see something like this:

    GPIB Board Resources

    You can deselect the "Use automatic settings" checkbox to enable the Change Setting button. Do not change the resource settings for your board, unless your board has a resource conflict.

Changing Your GPIB Board's Resources

  1. In the Resource settings box, select (single-click on) the resource you wish to change in the "Resource type" column.

  2. Click the Change Setting button to bring up a window that will allow you to modify the resource that you selected. Windows 2000 will tell you, if that resource is available or unavailable. Choose a new resource setting that does not have any conflicts.

  3. When you are finished with your changes, exit out of this window and click the OK button at the bottom of the Properties window to save your changes.

  4. Run the NI-488.2 Troubleshooting Wizard to see if your changes will allow your GPIB hardware to pass the diagnostic tests.

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