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Note: NI will remove support for Phar Lap for cRIO in the NI 2020 Software Release and for PXI in the NI 2022 Software Release. For more information, please see the Phar Lap RT OS EOL Road Map.Any PXI controller that meets the requirements of a desktop ETS system can be made into a real-time target. PXI controllers are still computers, and the same hardware that is needed for a real-time operating system are also needed for a PXI.There are two ways to check to see if the PXI's hardware is compatible:
Prior to installing the real-time operating system onto your controller or using the hardware compatibility utility, the controller's hard drive must be formatted as FAT32. Software such as Mini Tool Partition Wizard has the ability to change the file system without erasing the data on the hard drive. If you do not wish to use third-party software, you can use the recovery CD provided with your controller and a USB CD-ROM to reinstall the operating system.To format your PXI controller to use FAT32:
If the PXI Controller has a USB port, then the real-time operating system can be installed via a USB flash drive. Follow these instructions for more information (highly recommended): Using a Utility USB Drive to Format my PXI Real-Time Controller.Depending on your PXI Controller, you may be able to use a floppy disk to install the real-time operating system. To create a floppy disk to install the real-time operating system navigate to Creating a LabVIEW Real-Time Floppy Disk Utility. These utilities will load a lean version of the real-time operating system, and the installation is completed remotely from a host computer using MAX.
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