NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.5.2, is the latest driver offering from National Instruments. Every attempt has been made to maintain backward compatibility with the installed base of existing NI-488.2 applications.
When installing on a Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 system without critical updates, you may encounter an error message, "\SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\gpibprtk.sys device driver could not be loaded. Error Status was 0xc0000034," during installation. You can ignore this message, as installation will continue normally. To prevent this message from appearing, do either of the following before running the NI-488.2 installation:
Win16 and DOS support are not available on Windows Vista and later operating systems.
This driver allows upgrades starting from NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, on Windows 2000 and XP. To install over software lower than Version 2.0 on Windows 2000 or XP, you must uninstall the lower version first. Because NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.5.2, is the first version to support Windows Vista, if you have installed a lower version of NI-488.2 on Windows Vista, you must uninstall it before installing version 2.5.2.
At this time, there is no 64-bit language interface to create 64-bit applications. Use the 32-bit language interfaces and examples to create 32-bit applications to run on Windows Vista x64 (64 bit).
Please review the Supported Interfaces and Enhancements and Bug Fixes in Version 2.5.2 sections.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.5.2, supports the following hardware.
|GPIB Interface||2000sp4/XPsp2||Vista x86 (32 bit)||Vista x64 (64 bit)|
* Analyzer functionality is not supported.
This driver version has been tested with the following software at the time of release.
This driver should work with versions earlier than those listed above, but the earlier versions have not been tested.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.5.2, adds support for Windows Vista x86 (32 bit) and Windows Vista x64 (64 bit). Refer to the Supported Interfaces table for the list of hardware supported on Windows Vista.
This driver includes several usability improvements, including the following:
NI-488.2 for Windows, Versions 2.2 through 2.4.x, attempt to prevent the system from
going to standby or hibernate if there is an application with an open NI-488.2 handle. To satisfy
Windows Vista requirements, this has changed to no longer prevent the system from going
to standby or hibernate. After the system returns from standby or hibernate, take the handle offline and open a new handle,
because any subsequent calls from the previously opened handle will return the
EPWR error code, except for
This driver adds .NET 2005 language support and .NET 2003 language support fixes via the native .NET API.
They are options in the Feature tree during installation.
Note that prior versions of NI-488.2 for Windows offered two options for .NET support to make it easier to update existing applications. The NI-488.2 wrapper interface, which previously was available on the CD in the Microsoft .NET Language Interface directory, has been removed from the current distribution. The NI-488.2 wrapper interface is still available at our Web site, ni.com.
The Language Interface and Example files have moved from the Program Files\National Instruments\NI-488.2\Languages directory to the Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\NI-488.2\Languages directory on Windows Vista and the Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\National Instruments\NI-488.2\Languages directory on Windows 2000 or XP. This change satisfies Windows Vista requirements, when allowing users to save changes or add files to the directory. Note that the NI-488.2 Help incorrectly describes the location for .NET examples.
On certain machines, a bluescreen describing an NMI Parity Error appeared on installing a PCI-GPIB+ interface. This has been fixed.
GPIB-USB-HS performance has improved and is optimized for whether it is connected to a full-speed or high-speed port.
If an event handler was installed to handle service request (SRQ) events, the events could fail to trigger if the session was currently locked exclusively. This has been fixed.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.4 adds support for GPIB-USB-HS, NI ExpressCard-GPIB, and a revised version of the PCI-GPIB+ Controller/Analyzer board.
Support for the obsolete GPIB-USB-A interface is discontinued in this release.
ibcmdand Serial Poll Performance
Driver version 2.3 performance during
ibcmd and serial poll calls was
lower than version 2.2. This has been fixed and improved over version 2.2.
Documentation has been updated for various features.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.3, adds language support for Chinese
(Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), and Korean. This is in addition
to English and Japanese languages supported by the previous versions
of NI-488.2 for Windows. All Components of this release have been
localized with the exception of:
This release also includes new Getting Started documentation in all languages supported, available through the 'View Documentation' utility on the NI-488.2 for Windows CD.
Windows 98/Me support is discontinued in this release.
The Sysprep utility would cause a crash in some cases of deployment. This has been fixed.
ibstop call was unable to stop asynchronous
ibcmda calls. This has been fixed.
Some cosmetic issues with GPIB utilities have been fixed.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.2, adds support for the AT-GPIB/TNT (PnP) interface.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.2, adds support for the NI PCIe-GPIB, a PCI-Express Interface for GPIB.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.2, adds the
EPWR error code. This error indicates that the interface lost power. This may occur when the system goes to standby or hibernate mode. The NI-488.2 driver attempts to prevent the system from going to standby or hibernate if there is an application with an open NI-488.2 handle.
National Instruments provides two interfaces for developing GPIB-based applications in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 or later:
We recommend the native .NET API as the preferred method of developing GPIB .NET applications because of its superior integration into the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET IDE. The native .NET API can be installed from the NI-488.2 CD by selecting it from the custom installation section. It is installed in the National Instruments\Measurement Studio subdirectory. Full integrated help for this API is available inside the Visual Studio .NET environment. The NI-488.2 wrapper interface can be found on the CD in the Microsoft .NET Language Interface directory.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.2, adds the
IbaSerialNumber option to
ibask. This allows customers to query the serial number of the board that they are using. The
ibask call will return a 32-bit serial number for supported interfaces. The driver will return with
ERR bit set in
iberr set to
ECAP for unsupported interfaces. This feature is not supported with the Visual Basic language interface. The VB language interface for ibask does not handle unsigned 32-bit numbers.
Older National Instruments PCMCIA-GPIB devices would not enumerate properly with the 2.1 driver. This has been fixed.
The driver sometimes would not call the
ibnotify callback, or call the
ibnotify callback improperly when waiting for
RQS. This has been fixed.
The driver would hang if a device-level
ibconfig was called with
IbcSAD when an
call on the same device descriptor was in progress. This has been fixed.
The driver had a small memory leak when being used by VISA. This has been fixed.
The GPIB Analyzer application would crash when launched with some video cards. This has been fixed.
Enabling DOS support worked improperly when logging in as a different user that it was enabled as. This has been fixed.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.1, adds support for the PCMCIA-GPIB interface. Following the precedent of Version 2.0 of the driver, which unified the driver for the PCI, ENET, and USB interfaces, this version ensures that those interfaces along with the PCMCIA-GPIB can function simultaneously with the same driver.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.1, supports the GPIB analyzer portion of the PCI-GPIB+ and PCMCIA-GPIB+ on the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. This support was previously only available on Windows NT, 98, and 95.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, improves the installation experience for the user.
In the past, there were separate drivers for plug-in interface boards (PCI-GPIB, etc.), the GPIB-ENET family, and the GPIB-USB-A. Only one of these three could be installed and used at any one time. NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, removes this restriction. All supported interfaces function simultaneously with the same driver.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, resolves the issue that prevents users running the software in USER mode (as opposed to ADMINISTRATOR mode).
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, offers an improved localized solution in Japanese.
NI-488.2 for Windows, Version 2.0, does not support Win16 applications for Windows Me/9x platforms. Win16 support is available under Windows 2000 and Windows XP. To use these applications under Windows 9x/Me, you must use a previous version of NI-488.2 for Windows. DOS support is available on all operating systems supported by this driver.
Thank you for your interest in NI-488.2 for Windows. We appreciate communicating with the people who use our products. We are also very interested in hearing about the applications you develop using our products. Our Web site, ni.com, provides advanced support and services and contact information.
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