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Limited DAQmx Functionality After Installing NI-DAQmx Drivers

Updated Dec 7, 2018

Reported In

Software

  • LabVIEW
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-DAQmx

Other


 

Issue Details

I just installed the NI-DAQmx drivers, and am trying to troubleshoot one or more of the following:
  • The DAQmx API functions (DAQmx VIs and DAQ Assistant) are missing from my LabVIEW palettes
  • Missing certain NI MAX functionality
    • No Test Panels options when I right-click on my device in NI MAX
    • "Find Network NI-DAQmx Devices" option is missing when right-clicking Network Devices
  • I do not have have the option to create Virtual Channels in NI MAX

Why can't I find this DAQmx functionality even after installing the NI-DAQmx drivers?

I am missing one or more  of the three DAQmx functions found in NI MAX.

Solution

If you can't find DAQmx functions in LabVIEW or if you seem to be missing certain NI MAX functions that you should have after downloading NI-DAQmx, make sure that you have the following software packages installed by looking under the Software tab in NI MAX as shown below: 
  • ADE Support provides Application Development Environment (ADE) Support for LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio. These can be specified during your installation of DAQmx on the 'Features' page of the Setup:
  • Device Drivers include drivers for all DAQmx compatible hardware supported under the specific version (details can be found on the download page)
  • MAX Configuration provides functionality to work with DAQmx supported hardware in MAX (e.g. Test Panels, Connection Diagrams, Create Channels, etc.)

If you are missing any of these, you most likely have the wrong DAQmx driver type installed.  As shown by the picture below, there are three types.
  • NI-DAQmx x.x (called "Full" prior to 9.8). Includes Device drivers, MAX Configuration, and ADE Support
  • NI-DAQmx Runtime x.x with Configuration Support. Includes Device drivers and MAX Configuration.
    • Select this one to work with your hardware in NI MAX on a test machine, but still do not plan to do any development on the machine.
  • NI-DAQmx Runtime x.x (called "Core" prior to 9.8). Includes only Device Drivers.
    • This is primarily used as a minimal package for test machines running deployed applications that will not require any development or NI MAX configuration.

To find the specific driver type and version you need, use the NI driver downloads page

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