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I’m trying to update a VI that was written to read a LVDT and temperature, both of which will be measured as 0-5V. The previous version used some DAQ sample program, that was modified to somehow read the signals.  After the crash of the previous computer, the modified VI was lost forever.  It was suggested to me by NI that I should just redo this part of the VI, because it would be easier than figuring out what the previous user had done. 


I’m working with a USB-6008. I use labview DAQmx create channel, and the task goes to a “NChan NSamp 2DBL” DAQmx read.  The data here is read and massaged a bit, and then written to disk and displayed on screen.  


My problem is that the VI will only read the 1st physical channel I input. If my physical input channel is Dev2/ai0, the temperature will read, but my LVDT value will be NaN. If the physical input is Dev2/ai1, the temperature will read the LVDT value, and the LVDT will again display NaN. If I use the physical channel input Dev2/ai0:1, both values will show NaN. 


The signals check out in Signal Express, so it seems to be more of a software issue. There is another device on Dev1, so that isn't the issue. I’m on Windows 7 with Labview 10.0.1, DAQmx version 9.6. I've attached an image of the block diagram. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Accepted by nht5067

You need to specifiy the timing (sampling rate) and the number of samples per channel.  The NaN probably means that no data was available when you peform the read operation.


Something like this:




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Hello .. 


I am using NI DAQ USB 6341.. and wanted to multiplex two ECG signals such as lead I and lead II .. I used I/O physical channels - ai0 and ai1 as my input channels and I dont how to connect this further to my DAQ and other circuit which is while loop. 


please help me. 



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The exact syntax is shown in the above image so I don't understand what you are confused about. The DAQmx Read must be one of the NChan types.

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Hi.. Thanks for the reply.. 


Can you mention me the icon location of DAQ MX with a symbol in square pulse and task out should be connected to DAQ assistant. 

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I'm sorry but that does not make any sense to me. You use either the DAQ Assistant or the DAQmx functions. If you are using the DAQ Assistant, why do you want to connect anything to it?

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Hi. Sorry I m new to this labview. 


I have attached here with the image file. can u suggest me to do the mux of the two signals. 



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As Dennis said, either use the DAQmx functions, or use a DAQ assistant.  You can't use both like you are doing in your VI.


I would recommend looking at the online LabVIEW tutorials
LabVIEW Introduction Course - Three Hours
LabVIEW Introduction Course - Six Hours


Also, Taking an NI-DAQmx Measurement in LabVIEW

or NI-DAQmx Express VI Tutorial

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You just use a single DAQ Assistant. There are instructions on how to select multiple channels when you first use the assistant. If you did not read the instructions or decided to add channels after it was created, just open the VI and click the Add button at the top of the screen.
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