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Member AJT
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AJT
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Agilent 86100A GPIB driver?

I was wondering if anyone has a GPIB driver for the Agilent/HP 86100A Infiniium
DCA O-scope. For that matter, if you know where to find one, that would
be helpful. I have already searched NI's site as well as calling them and
Agilent to no avail. Thanks.
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Tims
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Re: Agilent 86100A GPIB driver?

Hi AJT

At Agilent they have drivers for the Infinium range but they are the VXI plug and play type. These drivers are usually compatiable
with LabWindows CVI. The trick is to convert the CVI drivers to LV using the 'Convert CVI FP file' capabilities found under the LV
'File' menu item.

I have tried this with several drivers, with some sucess. They usually don't come in the classic LV format and the code that does
the work is hidden in a DLL. The advantages are, the functions are automatically given icons and are added to the instrument
library palette.

Alot now I am finding the supplied drivers are not adequate or too complicated for parts of the job so I have to learn the
equipments command capabilities and producing my own drivers. This takes time but
I get a good idea on how the equipment works and
some times I find a more efficient way of doing the measurement.

Hope this helps.

Tim

AJT wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone has a GPIB driver for the Agilent/HP 86100A Infiniium
> DCA O-scope. For that matter, if you know where to find one, that would
> be helpful. I have already searched NI's site as well as calling them and
> Agilent to no avail. Thanks.
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Re: Agilent 86100A GPIB driver?

AJT wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone has a GPIB driver for the Agilent/HP 86100A Infiniium
> DCA O-scope. For that matter, if you know where to find one, that would
> be helpful. I have already searched NI's site as well as calling them and
> Agilent to no avail. Thanks.

Tim Streeter responded:

>At Agilent they have drivers for the Infinium range but they are the VXI plug and
play type. These drivers are usually compatiable
>with LabWindows CVI. The trick is to convert the CVI drivers to LV using the
'Convert CVI FP file' capabilities found under the LV
'>File' menu item.

>I have tried this with several drivers, with some sucess. They usually don't come
in the classic LV format and the code that does
>the work is hidden in a DLL. The advantages are, the fun
ctions are automatically
given icons and are added to the instrument
>library palette.

>Alot now I am finding the supplied drivers are not adequate or too complicated
for parts of the job so I have to learn the
>equipments command capabilities and producing my own drivers. This takes time but
I get a good idea on how the equipment works and
>some times I find a more efficient way of doing the measurement.

Any drivers for the HP83480 and HP54750 should work correctly for the 86100
with a few possible minor mods.

I agree with Tim, HP pushes these UID's (Universal Instrument Drivers) . I have
used them in a pinch to
get something up and running but I generally end up rewriting them in whole or in
part in Pure 'G' LabVIEW.

Kevin Kent