Archived:Can I use the DAQ Assistant With ELVIS I?

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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  • LabVIEW


  • NI-ELVIS (Legacy)

Issue Details

I would like to use the DAQ Assistant with my ELVIS I device. Is this possible?
If not, how can I program my ELVIS I in LabVIEW with basic programming knowledge?


The DAQ Assistant is a feature installed along with the DAQmx driver software which allows you to acquire simple measurements in LabVIEW in a short time with minimal programming. 
As shown in the DAQmx readme file, the ELVIS II and ELVIS II+ are the only ELVIS devices supported by DAQmx. Hence, the DAQ Assistant can not be used with the ELVIS I.
To program the ELVIS I, you can use the ELVIS Express VIs, or Soft Front Panel Instruments for simple and quick measurements or outputs, all of which are installed along with the NI ELVIS Traditional 3.0.7 driver software.

The Express VIs are the recommended method for programming NI ELVIS in LabVIEW. Express VIs allow you to interactively configure the settings for each instrument, similar to the DAQ Assistant. This enables you to develop LabVIEW applications without extensive programming expertise. To access the NI ELVIS Traditional Express VIs, open a LabVIEW block diagram and select: Instrument I/O » Instrument Drivers » NI ELVIS Traditional from the functions palette.

Additional Information

Using the Soft front panel (SFP) instruments is an alternative method to program the ELVIS I. SFP instruments are virtual instruments (VIs) that are necessary in typical laboratory applications. 
NI ELVIS Traditional 3.0.7 is an upgrade to NI ELVIS 3.0 and contains the NI ELVIS soft front panel (SFP) instruments, LabVIEW Express VIs and SignalExpress steps for programming the NI ELVIS hardware. Also, please note that the latest version of LabVIEW supported by the NI ELVIS Traditional 3.0.7 driver software is LabVIEW 2012.
For more information on the SFP instruments and Express VIs, please refer to pages 2-3 till 2-8 of the Archived: NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) Hardware User Manual.