Test Panels Not Available in NI MAX

Updated Nov 9, 2018

Reported In

Software

  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Driver

  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-VISA

Issue Details

  • I am using NI MAX to access my card, instrument or communication port, and I am missing the Open VISA Test Panel button, or the Test Panel... or my DAQmx device.

 
  • I have an application where I am acquiring data from a National Instruments DAQ card. I have built a stand-alone executable and created an installer for it on my development machine. When I install the application on a second machine, it works as expected. However, when I go into NI MAX and click on the device, I cannot find Test Panels. Why it it not here? 

Solution

For DAQ devices

If you are using a DAQ card and you are missing the Test Panels... option, please make sure you have the NI-DAQmx MAX Configuration Support under the NI MAX > My System > Software tab.
 
 
 
You can install the NI-DAQmx MAX Configuration Support from the NI-DAQmx installer.
 
Note: Please note that the Runtime version of the DAQmx driver will not contain the MAX Configuration Support.
 

For VISA Instruments and Ports

If you are using a serial instrument, or communication port and you are missing the Open VISA Test Panel option, please make sure you have NI-VISA under the NI MAX > My System > Software tab.
 
 
 
You can install NI-VISA from the NI-VISA installer.
 
Note: Please note that the Runtime version of the VISA driver will not contain the VISA Test Panels.

Additional Information

For distributed applications

When creating an installer for a deployment machine, the default setting for Additional Installers under National Instruments Installers to Include adds the run-times used in the current application. For your example, it would be NI LabVIEW Runtime and NI-DAQmx Runtime.

In order to see the Test Panels in NI MAX, you would need to modify the installer settings to also include MAX Configuration Support. You do this by first unchecking the Automatically select recommended installers checkbox in order to replace the NI-DAQmx Runtime with NI-DAQmx Runtime with Configuration Support. After applying the new installer on the deployment machine, Test Panels will be available.
 

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