Error -88705 Occurred at Self-Test in NI MAX

Updated Nov 15, 2018

Reported In


  • Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

Why is my device failing when I run a self-test in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) with 
Error -88705 occurred at a Self-Test.


Potential causes and corresponding solutions for Error -88705 are stated below:


  • NI Services Not Running:

The NI Device Loader Windows Service (nidevldu) and/or NI Configuration Manager Service is not running, please start these services. If the NI Device Loader still does not start automatically after restarting computer, you can try to uninstall all antivirus software in your computer and restart again. 


  • Computer Restart Needed:

This error is sometimes reported if the computer has not been restarted after the installation of the DAQmx driver. Please try restarting your computer.


  • Firmware Updated Needed:

During a driver installation, firmware updates download with the driver for many NI DAQ devices. If you are using a USB devices, this problem can be fixed by unplugging and re-plugging the device.


  • MAX Configuration Database Reset Needed:

MAX configuration database might be constantly throwing this error. Reset the database and restart your computer and devices and try again.


  • Driver Reinstall needed:

Check which drivers are necessary for your device. You can Uninstall or Repair National Instruments Software or Drivers in Windows, then reinstall the drivers normally. Drivers are available here.


  • Interference from non-NI drivers:

Check from Windows Device Manager whether a third-party driver is set as prioritized over NI drivers.


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