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New board with "sensor failure" information

Status: New
by Active Participant vix on ‎05-31-2013 02:20 AM

With NI 9234 board you can use 4 IEPE sensors but you don' have IEPE open/short detection capability.

NI 9232 board has IEPE open/short detection capability but has only 3 channels.


I think that a board with 4 channels (as 9234) and an IEPE open/short detection capability would be great!

When using a buffered counter output task, the initial delay value is not used at all.  Instead, the user specifies an array of high and low times and the first low time is used as the initial delay.


If the output pulse train is repeated multiple times (or continuously), the first low time represents both the time from the trigger until the first pulse as well as the time between the last pulse and the first pulse.


It would be desirable to decouple these parameters by allowing for the option to use Initial Delay on buffered counter output tasks (e.g. with a channel property).  Here are a couple use cases off the top of my head where Initial Delay would be very helpful (if not required):


1.  This is the case I ran into (posted here):  if you want to repeat a pulse train continuously every N seconds, you have to either have that N second delay at the start of the task or use another counter as a trigger source.  Depending on high and low times you might be able to get away with writing new values to the counter on-the-fly but this isn't a universal solution.


2.  If you wanted to synchronize multiple continuous buffered counter output tasks (with each one sharing a fixed desired period) to a common trigger source but with a different initial delay, you would be unable to do so since the requirement of having different initial delay would affect the period of your actual signal.  You would have to compensate by tweaking the other high/low times in your waveform (giving you something that you don't really want).

I have a data acquisition NI-DAQmx/C++ program where I am continuously acquiring 5 channels of data at 40KHz/channel and reading them in 0.1 second chunks.  This successfully works perfectly for over 14 hrs continuous acquisition, but at 14hrs, 54 min and 47 seconds the program hangs up due to an overflow in the int32 DAQmxInternalAIbuffer_Offset value sent to the DAQmxSetReadOffset() function.  In the DAQmxSetReadRelativeTo() function, I set the offset relative to the first sample using DAQmx_Val_FirstSample.  (See "32-bit lmitation pof the NI-DAQmx int32 DAQmxSetReadOffset() function?")


It would be very helpful for the DAQmxSetReadOffset() offset value to be 64-bits rather than the current int32 value.  This would make this function analogous to the DAQmxGetReadTotalSampPerChanAcquired() which returns a 64-bit value.  I understand that the offset is maintained internally as a 64-bit value, so perhaps this would not be too difficult to do.


I hope that National Instruments fixes this limitation in their API, not just for 64-bit Windows, but also for 32-bit Windows because a lot of us are still using 32-bit compilers and our users are using Windows XP.  Perhaps it could be implemented as a separate DAQmxSetReadOffset64() 64-bit function for the 32-bit Windows.


Thank you,
Bill Anderson


A DAQmx channel control allows available channels to be filtered for IO type (Analogue Input, Analogue Output etc) using the "IO Name Filtering..." function




A DAQmx task control on the other hand doesn't.



I'd find the option to filter listed tasks on IO type pretty usefull.




DaqMX should check the state of NI services ...

Status: New
by Active Participant manu.NET on ‎06-25-2012 04:12 AM



DaqMx Vis only works when the NI Device Loader service is running.


If this windows service is not running, DaqMx functions generates error like "Device not found..., undefined board, undefined hardware ...."


For some week, i get such an error and it take me a long time to point the real cause !

A windows or software update had changed the service startup sequence ... and the Ni device loader service was no more starting.

The solution to this problem was to configure the NI Device Loader service in order to force restart on start failure. 


It should be nice if daqMX functions could generate the "right error".


An error like : "Ni services are not running please check their current state ... The DaqMx devices could not be accessed when Ni Device Loader service is not running".


This problem also generates problem in MAX ! (The device treeview takes a long time to expand ... and the device autotest fail)



Thanks for kudossing this idea which could help understanding windows services problems.

Hello everybody!


Currently the AI.PhysicalChans property returns the number of physical channels for measurement (e.g. 16). However, to calculate the maximum sampling rate for the device programmatically (e.g. 9213), we need the total number of channels including the internal ones such as cold-junction and autozero (for 9213 it's 18).


Therefore I would like to suggest to include a property node with the number of the internal channels or the total number of physical channels or something similar.


Use case: programmatically calculate the maximum sampling rate in a program that should work for multiple types of devices without being aware of their type.


Thanks for consideration and have a great day!


[actually a customer's idea]

Open Source Driver Project

Status: New
by Member Beutlich on ‎10-31-2011 10:54 AM

How feasible is the idea of setting up an open source driver project? This would be something that NI could host, but anyone could participate in to build a driver that can fit into different platforms. It can build on the DDK driver, but be centralized for collaborative effort. I like the name Open-DAQ driver. This would be a good way to address Linux users who are accustomed to source code. I know we have a DAQmx Base as a separate driver for different platforms, but an open source project would allow the Linux community to build a solution for novel or unusual Linux versions.

It gets a bit annoying that PXI1Slot2 is listed after PXI1Slot14 when doing an ascii sort. I (ok, admittedly, my coworker) proposes having naming conventions that will allow for a better ascii sort. For instance, PXI1Slot002 PXI1Slot014. 

This is pretty trivial to achieve through LabVIEW itself, but...


Signal Express is a simple, stand alone data acquisition system that allows those with limited exposure to LabVIEW set up simple test and measurement routines. One area where this is ideal - at least, for me - is in environmental or long life testing. Instead of crafting a beautiful piece of custom software for my colleagues, I can hand them a DAQ, point them in the direction of the SignalExpress and DAQmx installers, and off they go. With a little fiddling, they can create a logger that suits their needs.


One thing I've noticed, however, is that when sampling with non-simultaneous cards such as the USB 6225, users will select 1-pt-on-demand, set to some big interval, and then come back screaming at the top of their lungs - "OHMYGOD THERE'S CROSSTALK BETWEEN CHANNELS!". With a little bit of fault-finding, it's easy to point out that it's not crosstalk, but ghosting between channels, because I would guess that 1-pt-on-demand uses interval sampling and rattles through the multiplexing as quickly as it can.


My idea: give users the option to either select round-robin mode with a sensible delay, or complete control over the interchannel delay.


I realise that the standard line is usually "use LabVIEW" - I do - but I'd rather spend my time working on the important stuff and empowering those with less experience and/or exposure to make accurate measurements.

Add support for multidevice tasks on M Series

Status: New
by Active Participant viScience on ‎01-11-2012 01:21 PM

Is there any technical reason why this cannot be added to DAQmx?  M series boards still have features that cannot be found on X or S series such as analog current input.

Ideally, it would be best to be able to have multidevice tasks for both M and X at the same time.

Currently when streaming analog or digital samples to DAQ board, output stays at the level of last sample received when buffer underflow occurs. This behavior can be observed on USB X Series Multifunction DAQ boards. I have USB-6363 model. The exact mode is hardware-timed, buffered, continuous, and non-regenerating. The buffer underflow error code is -200290 “The generation has stopped to prevent the regeneration of old samples. Your application was unable to write samples to the background buffer fast enough to prevent old samples from being regenerated.”


I would like to have an option to configure DAQ hardware to immediately set voltage on analog and digital outputs to a predefined state if the buffer underrun occurs. Also, I would like to have an option to immediately set one of PFI pins on buffer underrun.  


I believe this could be accomplished by modifying X series firmware and providing configuration of this feature in the DAQmx API. If no more samples are available in the buffer the DAQ board should immediately write predefined digital states / analog levels to outputs and indicate buffer underrun state on PFI line. Then it should report error to PC.


Doing this in firmware has certain advantages:

  1. It can be done quickly (possibly within the time of the next missing sample – at 2Ms/s that’s 0.5us).
  2. Handles all situations (software lockups, excessive CPU loading by other processes, loss of communication do to bus traffic, interface disconnection…)
  3. It does not require any additional hardware (to turn off outputs externally).
  4. Buffer underrun indication on PFI line could provide additional safety measure (it could be used for example to immediately disable external power amplifier connected to DAQ AO). 

Doing this using other methods is just too slow, does not handle all situations, or requires additional external circuitry.


Setting outputs from software, once error occurs, is slow (~25ms / time of 50000 samples at 2MS/s) and does not handle physical disconnection of the interface. Analog output does eventually go to 0 V on USB-6363 when USB cable is disconnected, but it takes about half a second.  


Using watchdog timer would also be too slow. The timer can be set to quite a short time, but form the software, I would not be able to reset it faster than every 10ms. It also would require switching off analog channels externally with additional circuitry, because watchdog timer is not available for analog channels.


The only viable solution right now is to route task sample clock to PFI and detect when it stops toggling. It actually does stop after last sample is programmed. Once that occurs, outputs can be switched off externally. This requires a whole lot of external circuitry and major development time. If you need reaction time to be within time of one or two samples, pulse detector needs to be customized for every possible sampling rate you might what to use. To make this work right for analog output, it would take RISC microcontroller and analog electronic switches. If you wanted to use external trigger to start the waveform, microcontroller would have to turn on the analog switch, look for beginning of waveform sample clock, record initial clock interval as reference, and finally turn off the switch if no pulse is received within reference time.


I’m actually quite impressed how well USB-6363 handles streaming to outputs. This allows me to output waveforms with complexity that regular arbitrary generators with fixed memory and sequencing simply cannot handle. The buffer underflow even at the highest sampling rate is quite rare. However, to make my system robust and safe, I need fast, simple, and reliable method of quickly shutting down the outputs that only hardware/firmware solution can provide.




AO, DO - query for current output value

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎05-03-2011 01:37 PM

We need a way to query an output task to determine its most recently output value.  Or alternately, a general ability to read back data from an output task's buffer.


This one's been discussed lots of times over the years in the forums but I didn't see a related Idea Exchange entry.  Most of the discussion I've seen has related to AO but I see no reason not to support this feature for DO as well.


There are many apps where normal behavior is to generate an AO waveform for a long period of time.  Some apps can be interrupted unexpectedly by users or process limit monitoring or safety range checking, etc.  When this happens, the output task will be in a more-or-less random phase of its waveform.  The problem is: how do we *gently* guide that waveform back to a safe default value like 0.0 V?  A pure step function is often not desirable.  We'd like to know where the waveform left off so we can generate a rampdown to 0.  In some apps, the waveform shape isn't directly defined or known by the data acq code.  So how can we ramp down to 0 if we don't know where to start from?  This is just one example of the many cases where it'd be very valuable to be able to determine the most recently updated output value.


Approach 1:

  Create a DAQmx property that will report back the current output value(s).  I don't know if/how this fits the architecture of the driver and various hw boards.  If it can be done, I'd ideally want to take an instantaneous snapshot of whatever value(s) is currently held in the DAC.  It would be good to be able to polymorph this function to respond to either an active task or a channel list.


Approach 2 (active buffered tasks only):

   We can currently query the property TotalSampPerChanGenerated as long as the task is still active.  But we can't query the task to read back the values stored in the buffer in order to figure out where that last sample put us.  It could be handy to be able to query/read the *output* buffer in a way analogous to what we can specify for input buffers.  I could picture asking to DAQmx Read 1 sample from the output buffer after setting RelativeTo = MostRecentSample , Offset = 0 or -1 (haven't thought through which is the more appropriate choice).  In general, why *not* offer the ability to read back data from our task's output buffers?


-Kevin P

Virtual folders in NI-DAQmx listing in MAX

Status: New
by Member PatLyons on ‎09-25-2012 08:05 AM

In dealing with multiple projects and systems that each have different sets of tasks in MAX, I think it would be very handy if you could make virtual folders in the directory style listing under "NI-DAQmx Tasks" - that way you could folder up tasks by project or section of a project instead of having a long list of task names.


Anyone else think this would be helpful? or might it cause an issue in some way?



I would like to see a C series module just like the NI 9474 only with push-pull outputs.



Hi All,


In my post on the LabVIEW board I asked if it was possible to have control over the DIO of a simualted DAQ device. Unfortunately it seems this feature is not available. Once MAX is closed the DIOs run through their own sequences.


If there was a non-blocking way to control a simulated DAQ device through MAX it would permit much simpler prototyping of systems before they need to be deployed to hardware. For example if you want to see how a program responds to a value change simply enter it in the non-blocking MAX UI. Or as in my original case can make an executable useable even if you don't have all the necessary hardware.


I think this feature should only be available for simulated devices.


Thanks for reading - and hopefully voting,



Hi all,


Any series card should have a feature listing different  parameters like voltage, temperature etc it supports(May be a property node should be used). so that user can configure the required parameter among the supported.

Ex: SCXI -1520 module can be configured as Strain, Pressure or voltage but this information will be known only by seeing its manual or when a task is created in MAX. But in LabVIEW               Software i cant get this information directly. Because it allows me to configure 1520 as temperature also and we will come to known that 1520 module doesn't support for temperature       parameters only when once tried to acquire.


So what you people think about you.Share your ideas on this please. 




The title pretty much says it all. I would like the ability to either configure a full hardware compliment as simulated devices then switch them over to real devices when the hardware arrives or go from real devices to simulated devices without the need to add new, discrete simulated devices to MAX.


This would make for much easier offline development and ultimate deployment to real hardware.

I continually come to your site looking for the DAQmx base API manual and have yet to find it.  I eventually have to dig out an old CD to find my copy.


How 'bout posting these online so that we can help ourselves out of jams?




Provide better Daqmx .NET API documentation

Status: New
by Member KrisJa on ‎08-20-2013 02:53 PM

I use Daqmx a lot for writing .NET based measurement software.


Whereas the API itself is quite decent, the docs are horrible. Accessing them is convoluted at best, requiring the VS help viewer. Almost nothing is available online and decent examples are quite scarce, which will definitely be an issue for absolute beginners...


This definitely deserves some attention!





New Terminal Block for 100-Pin-Devices

Status: New
by Member A-T-R on ‎11-19-2012 04:14 AM

NI provides some 100-Pin-DAQ devices, e.g. one for INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL IO


But why doesn't you offer also a basic connector block for a reasonable price, especially for industrial applictations, where it is common to wire (DIO) signals through DIN rail mounted terminal blocks?


This connector block should have the following features:


- DIN rail mountable

- simple wire connection, best with spring terminals

- 100 Pin-cable connection


- relatively small for installation in a switch cabinet

- no signal conditioning, just clamps

- much cheaper than then currently available SCB-100 block


Please see also this related idea:





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