03-28-2023 09:02 AM
I'm wondering if anyone can provide me with some assistance betting an old pci-gpib 183617j-01 working with a comparatively new, Windows 10 PC. As far as I can tell, the problem seems to be that I don't have the correct drivers for the card.
I started with the latest version of the NI-VISA and NI-488.2 drivers. Windows can find the card in Device Manager and after installing the drivers, it correctly identifies it as a National Instruments pci-gpib card. The problem is that I can't start a VISA session with the card. That is, when I open VISA interactive, I see my COM ports listed but no GPIB.
I tried finding an earlier version of the drivers, because I read online that these cards only work with the DVD drivers they were shipped with. The earliest drivers I could find were version 17 (presumably from 2017?). These drivers didn't fix anything. I'm not sure how hold the card is exactly, but I'm sure it's at least older than 2015, possibly even 2010.
Any help is appreciated!
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03-30-2023 08:07 AM
I hate to respond to my own post, but I'm getting the sense that no one knows much about these ancient cards anymore (understandably).
In lieu of trying to revive this pci-gpib interface, I'm thinking about buying a new usb-gpib adapter. There's something very confusing to me about these usb adapters though. Their prices seem to range from thousands (eg: https://www.ni.com/en-ca/shop/hardware/products/gpib-instrument-control-device.html?modelId=120494) to ~100 (eg: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004520117847.html?pdp_npi=2%40dis%21CAD%21C%24%2097.22%21C%24%20...). I don't understand why there is such a range in prices. Does anyone know why this might be or have any experience with these adapters?
03-30-2023 08:39 AM
There are lot of clones of NI USB-GPIB adapters and the drivers flag them as not-genuine. But you will not find clones of the '+' version of the USB-GPIB adapters.
If you're looking for low cost alternative, you can try Prologix.
03-30-2023 08:43 AM
Thanks for the response!
Can you help me understand what the disadvantages of going with a low cost alternative are? If the drivers flag them as not-genuine, will I still be able to use them? I just want to make sure I don't get scammed into buying junk for $100 or spending $2000 on something I could have spent $100 on.
03-30-2023 08:56 AM
Please look up this thread for more info - https://forums.ni.com/t5/Instrument-Control-GPIB-Serial/Genuine-NI-GPIB-USB-HS-warning-message/td-p/...
03-30-2023 09:05 AM
Thanks! I'll take a look through that thread.
In the mean time, do you know how I might get my hands on the old drivers for my PCI-GPIB card?
03-30-2023 09:29 AM
You need an SSP to get access to old drivers, NI deliberately took out all old drivers that supports non-genuine NI GPIB hardware. If you're lucky someone with a copy could share with you.