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Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

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Hello everyone,

 

I have some issues with an Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System, is there a driver for this device to work with labVIEW?, at the Programming Guide it says that I should "convert it" but I think this option is only available with older labVIEW versions (I have 8.6).

 

Actually I'm able to see the device with MAX and perform Read, Write and Query commands.

 

I hope you could guide me through this and start working with this device.

 

More details:

- Running on Windows 7

- LabVIEW 8.6

- Using GPIB interface

 

 

Thank you very much in advance for your time.

 

 

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PS: Of course I'm asking here because there was no driver available at ni.com :smileyhappy:

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Hello,

 

I've installed that driver before, I was wondering if there was a driver with VI's like "initialize", "close" and so on, like many of the other driver instruments that NI provide :smileyhappy:?

If not I guess I should start working with VISA isn't it? 

 

I've never worked with VISA, and I'm also new at LabVIEW, so, that's the reason why I am wondering this and asking this.


Thanks in advance.

 

 

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

I don't know what you are looking at.

I see hp816x Initialize.vi, hp816x Preset.vi, etc. I would say about 50 VIs in all.

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Well, all that I see are my other drivers but not this one.

 

What do you think that could be wrong?

 

Thanks.

 

 


PS: Pictures attached. 

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Where did the driver get installed? The palette only shows what is in \instr.lib.

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

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Default's:

C:\Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT

But I actually installed too at C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 8.6\instr.lib and it looks weird, I attached another picture with the result.

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Why don't you look at the folder in windows explorer to see how it is installed instead of guessing with the palette and posting these less than worthwhile images? Directly under \instr.lib should be a folder named as the instrument. Under that should be the llb.

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Ok, I will copy and paste what I answered.

 


The default's directory for the drivers installation is:

 C:\Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT

 

So, that's why there is nothing related to the driver at the palette.

 

 

 

Then I reinstalled the driver at the folder that you are indicating C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 8.6\instr.lib, the result at the palettes was the last picture that I attached: "way2.png". That means that there is in fact an 816x option, but nothing useful inside it :s

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Re: Driver for Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System

Do not confuse the plug and play driver with the LabVIEW wrapper. The plug and play driver (the dll, etc.) needs to be in the IVIfoundation folder. In the \instr.lib folder should be the LabVIEW llb functions that are CLFN to the dll. Attach an image of windows explorer it you are going to attach any image.