DAQmx Error -50152: A Hardware Failure Has Occurred

Updated Mar 22, 2024

Reported In


  • PXIe-4300
  • PXIe-4302
  • PXIe-4357
  • PXIe-4303
  • PXIe-4353
  • PXIe-8301
  • PXI-4110
  • PXIe-6366
  • PXI-4065


  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-DCPower

Issue Details

When I try to run a test with my card or launch Test Panels in MAX, I receive an error similar to what is shown below:

Error -50152 occurred at XXXX
Possible reason(s):
A hardware failure has occurred. The operation could not be completed as specified. 


  • Reset MAX Configuration and test with a finite or continuous task in MAX.
  • Change the card to a different slot in the PXI chassis.
  • If the Chassis is operating via a MXIe connection to a host PC, it is recommended to test the module on a PXI system that does not include MXI connections. If you have a different chassis that you can use, try plugging the module into a different chassis and check if the issue persists.
    • If you cannot test on a non-MXI system, then make sure that you have installed the MXI-Express BIOS Compatibility Software.
    • Before creating any changes in the BIOS or installing the BIOS Compatibility software, make a backup or restore point for your computer.
    • Before or after installing the BIOS Compatibility Software, set the DIP switch 1 of your MXI Card to the ON position. Do not set any other switch to the ON position.
    • Try changing PCI/PCIe slots inside the computer. 
    • Try changing the PCIe power setting in Windows. To do so, follow these steps 
      • Open the Settings click on System and then click on Power & Sleep.
      • Click on Additional power settings.
      • Click on Change plan settings next to your current power plan.
      • Click on Change advanced power settings.
      • Expand the PCI Express section.
      • Expand the Link State Power Management option and change the power settings.
  • If using a Thunderbolt MXIe Expansion, try the steps outlined in the following Knowledgebase articles:
  • Verify other cards in the system can perform continuous or finite acquisition. If they cannot, reinstall their drivers. 
  • If you have another module of the same model that you can use, test it on the same slot of the module that shows the error.
  • Ensure that the hardware firmware is up to date. If not, upgrade it to the latest version.

Additional Information

BIOS enumeration issues can lead to cards not functioning correctly in PXI Chassis as is explained in Mitigating MXI-Express PC Incompatibility.